Jefferies CEO Rich Handler revealed 20 things he wishes he knew when he started working on Wall Street

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  • Jefferies CEO Rich Handler shared a list of things he wishes he knew on his first day as an analyst.
  • Most of his advice is applicable across industries, like taking vacations and standing up for himself.
  • Handler is one of the highest paid executives on Wall Street.
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Jefferies CEO Rich Handler just shared some advice with young and aspiring Wall Street analysts in a blog post titled “20 things I wish someone had told me the day I started my career as an analyst on Wall Street.”

Handler is the CEO of Jefferies Financial Group, and one of the highest-paid executives on Wall Street. He was named the highest-paid CEO at a New York-based company by Crain’s after his compensation package totaled nearly $US45 million in 2018, according to The Wall Street Journal. He’s also something of an influencer, with almost 26,000 Instagram followers, and he cohosts virtual events with well-known finance meme account Litquidity.

Much of Handler’s advice applies to the finance world but is also relevant to people in any field. He says he wishes he had taken more vacations, gotten more involved with recruiting new graduates, and had the self confidence to stand up to people who were taking advantage of him.

The blog post grew out of a Q&A session Handler held for second and third-year analysts. He decided to expand his list and share it publicly because “I strongly believe that life is not a zero-sum game and we are all in this together.”

Read Handler’s full list here.