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"You really don’t know what consulting’s about, do you?" I hesitated and answered softly, "No." It was my first day on the job as a strategy consultant. I was at lunch, sitting across from John, a second year, asking him about his experiences. From my questions and his answers, it was clear that I had less of an idea about consulting than the average new hire. Perhaps my excuse was that I wasn’t exactly an average new hire. Until a month before, I was an internal medicine physician in practice at a community hospital. I was married with two young sons, a dog, a house in the suburbs, a minivan, and an age easily ten years older than my peers. Not the typical business school background. Despite my cluelessness, I was eager to get started on my ...