Surprise! Melania Edwards, the executive from HSBC who claims to:
1) wake up at 5:30am in San Francisco every day to meditate
2) play tennis at 7:30am
3) walk to work at 8:30am
4) take a 1.5 hour lunch break at 12noon,
5) head down to Palo Alto an hour away for some class at Stanford while also helping women in Papua New Guinea with their tech startups
6) do yoga at 7:30pm
7) eat dinner with her boyfriend at 9pm
8) and then go for a walk to reflect on her wins
….. is NOT REAL. Or at the very least, she does not live the fabulous life she claims.
Just like how Instagram and Facebook highlight the most curated pictures of people’s wonderful lives to see, Melania Edwards has done the same in an expose all about her.
The Business Insider profile of Melania Edwards is an advertorial for why people should work at HSBC. With the rise in popularity of technology and internet companies, the finance industry has had a tougher time recruiting talent to join them.
Unfortunately, HSBC’s attempt has backfired because social media got hold of the article and made it a laughing stock. Nobody is this stupid to try and show off this hard to the world unless they are desperately insecure or simply removed from all reality.
I’m based in San Francisco and know people in the Global Venture Capital Group at big banks like Bank of America and HSBC and nobody knows who Melanie Edwards is. Melania Edwards LinkedIn profile is also highly curated with all these continuing education degrees, but they forgot to put her undergraduate degree.
She doesn’t have a working profile on Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram either, which is strange, given how in love she is with herself.
It’s hard enough for the tier 1 banks to hire people, we now know how difficult it must be for the next tier of banks with this publicity stunt.
Don’t be fooled folks. The desire for prestige is ruining lives. All this thirst for attention will do Melania and others like her no good. They’ll wake up one day crying into their hands when they realize even their most curated fake life isn’t making them happy.
Instead, seek financial freedom and practice the wise art of stealth wealth. You’ll be much happier living your life in peace!
As for companies looking to create fake profiles for recruiting, it’s important to not write a script around highly stages pictures. Through in some other people in the background. Highlight some of the bad things as well. Nobody can relate to this type of life because it is such BS!
About the Author: Sam began investing his own money ever since he opened an online brokerage account in 1995. Sam loved investing so much that he decided to make a career out of investing by spending the next 13 years after college working at two of the leading financial service firms in the world. During this time, Sam received his MBA from UC Berkeley with a focus on finance and real estate. He also became Series 7 and Series 63 registered. In 2012, Sam was able to retire at the age of 34 largely due to his investments that now generate roughly $200,000 a year in passive income. He spends time playing tennis, hanging out with family, consulting for leading fintech companies and writing online to help others achieve financial freedom.
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