The Bigs by Ben Carpenter

Photograph by ChiChi Ubiña

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In baseball, “the bigs” is slang for the big leagues. When you become responsible for yourself, and you are being paid to do a job, you are in the big leagues. The real world is tough, competitive, and a lot is expected of you.

This is a quintessentially American story of one man’s journey through his career and life. Wall Street veteran Ben Carpenter chronicles the people he met, the experiences he had, the mistakes he made, and what he learned along the way. Readers will encounter a colorful cast of real-life characters which include Big Hank, Hoops, Sweater Girl, The Zombies, Mr. Nuts, The Cheese, Deep Throat, and The RAT. Their tales illuminate Carpenter’s progress from newly minted liberal arts graduate, to the owner of an out-of-control bar in Manhattan, to the CEO of a major international investment company.

The Bigs is an eye-opening book with not only great stories, but specific practical advice you won’t hear anywhere else. This is a book that parents will want to read and give to their children — and their children will want to read and share with their friends.

In addition to being a captivating story, with lessons learned from one’s man life and career, The Bigs  tells you all the real world secrets you need to know – for instance, how to:

  • Get an internship and how to stand out as an intern
  • Get informational interviews and turn them into job interviews
  • Get that great job even when competing against more qualified candidates
  • Get promoted by being identified as a leader
  • Have fun and be happy while working hard to achieve your hopes and dreams

During your long career as a student, you have read countless books which provided you a valuable academic education, but did little to further your knowledge of how the real world works. In this highly entertaining book, The Bigs will bring you up to speed with a unique curriculum of stories and advice that will give you all the tools you need to survive, thrive, and have fun in the big leagues of life.


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