I'd like to thank everyone who gently encouraged me not to take a job with EDJ. Yes, I am eating my words. After careful consideration, I decided to rescind my Jones offer even without a guaranteed backup plan in place. For me, I think the "recipe for success" would have been a "recipe for disaster"Fortunately, I just got a call today with an offer from MSSB. While both firms have their merits, (and are as different as night and day), I feel I am a much better fit with MSSB. I must say that I am quite glad that I had the opportunity to interview with both firms, thus providing me with a basis to compare each opportunity.I some ways, Jones offers more freedom and in other ways MSSB does.For example, Jones has a proven system as to the best way to grow your business. There is plenty of debate as to how manadatory adherence is, but nonetheless, the company wants people to do many things a specific way. At the same time, Jones FA's enjoy incredible autonomy and an extremely flat management structure. It seems Jones wants FA's to feel like they are running their own small business.With MSSB, you have to show up to a big, fancy branch office and regularly answer to "da man" because you pass him in the hallway every day. Just by the nature of logistics, they have a much closer eye on what you are doing (the office isn't really big enough to hide in). My BM told me he is a big stickler for monitoring my activity. At the same time, they had me complete a business plan which led to great discussions on how I want to structure my business. I was challenged to create unique and creative ways to build my business. It was not good enough to say I would call my contacts, create lists, ask for referrals, cold call, etc. They really wanted out of the box thinking.I will refrain from making predictions about my success or failure. I just know that this is a very exciting opportunity and I am extremely optimistic about the future. I think my chances of success are considerably better with MSSB than EDJ (I am referring to myself and nobody else).I guess it's time to put my money where my mouth is and start studying for the 7.