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CHAPTER 3 - WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE

CHAPTER 3
WELCOME TO THE JUNGLE
On the first day of my summer internship at Williams Trading, I strolled in at 7 A.M., figuring I was way early. Turned out, I was a half-hour late. Meanwhile, I’d decided to wear the nicest set of clothes I owned at the time—a black silk dress shirt, and my lone tie, maroon, adorned with bald eagles. Both were gifts from my mom. When I walked into the Rockefeller Center office,5 one of the traders, Ray “Razor” Letourneau, a former equities trader at J.P. Morgan Securities and also a former Yale hockey player, looked me over, incredulous. “What the hell are you wearing?” he asked.
Here I was, at what some might consider the nexus of the hedge fund universe, and yet I was about as oblivious as Forrest Gump at a Black Panther meeting. I’ve always thought of my career trajectory on Wall Street as having something of a Forrest Gump-type quality to it, intersecting with historical turning points and major figures now and again. But even Gump would have had the good sense not to show up on a trading floor wearing a shirt that looked like something purchased at Chess King.6 Later that summer I bought two suits—one blue, one gray—which I rotated every other day. The Williams crew wore ties, but they looked low key, like their trading setup. In fact, the whole operation was just four guys, an administrative assistant, and some computers set up in a small room. But man, did these guys have discipline, and a process.

  

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