You're a month into your summer internship in an investment bank. You're tired, you're crumpled, you're starting to wonder why you didn't just go to a beach. And then you're given a chance that could make or break your future in finance. You get to hang out with the CEO. You get to ask a question that could forge a career-defining memory in a man who controls the destiny of you and all the other neophytes. Whatever you say, don't make it, "What drives your inspiration to be such a successful person?"
According to Business Insider, this is precisely what one fully sycophantic intern at Morgan Stanley asked CEO James Gorman. Gorman has reportedly been holding informal intern chat sessions in his "clean, elegant..very cool" office on the 41st floor of Morgan Stanley's building in midtown Manhattan. Gorman has reportedly done his homework on the interns who call by, and questions them personally on their studies and extracurricular activities. Most of the interns, in turn, question Gorman about his family and interests. One of them, however, attempted to flatter Gorman with the question above. He was having none of it and reportedly said, "I don't know, that's a really deep question. I don't think I can really answer that. Alright let's go to the next one."
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