OK, I'm aware that this is a fairly vague question and thus a questionable premise for a post, but here it is:
How did you choose which path to pursue in finance? How did you pick finance out of all the other options you had?
I ask primarily based on two main reasons:
1) I'm finding that my military background is a handicap when it comes to knowledge of various career options in finance and beyond. I can do a deep dive and read up on IB, for instance, but I don't know how IB compares to every other great career in business. I suppose that I could obsessively research every possible career, but that seems like a "boil the ocean" approach. What's my 20% solution that will tell me 80% of what I need to know about career choice in finance specifically and business generally?
2) The Curse of the Competent. This works as follows:
You: "I'm not sure I want to do Career X for the rest of my life."
Coworker: [incredulous] "But why not? You're so good at Career X!"
The reality is that you could be excellent at any number of things, so why did you choose the career you're in, and how do you know it's the best option?
If anyone can provide insightful responses to these questions, I would be both impressed and appreciative. I'm also expecting a fair amount of sarcastic answers and monkey poo.