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  1. Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working")

    Earlier this year I quit my management consulting job after 4 years on the grind. I didn't quit to do an MBA or because I got a better job, and I didn't quit because I hated the long hours and travel. I quit because of something I read. A simple ...

    34 comments - 11 silver bananas - May 16 2015 - 12:33pm -

  2. Life after Investment Banking

    Mod Note: Throwback Thursday: this post originally went up 4/25/12 Like a majority of people who are on this website, I used to come on here and write bullshit about a life partly my own, partly fantasy. I'm now going to uncloak the anonymous man and ...

    298 comments - 74 silver bananas - Jun 15 2015 - 6:17am -

  3. How I Limit Anxiety, Stress, and Regret

    A few weeks ago I wrote a post for WSO that received a lot of traffic and comments: Why I Quit My Job (a.k.a. "Regrets of the Working"). I talked about how the story of a palliative care nurse and the top 5 regrets of her dying patients led me t ...

    9 comments - 7 silver bananas - Jun 14 2015 - 8:08am -

  4. Came to the realization money does not buy happiness

    Now I am lost in life. I see my friends working in foreign countries, being officers in the military and travel guides out West. What am I doing? Pushing paper around to make my company money? and in the event I make a nice chunk of change in the fu ...

    43 comments - 0 silver bananas - Nov 28 2014 - 4:20am -

  5. How to Develop a Personality

    I used to work with a guy that had everything on the surface, but absolutely nothing inside. The guy was 6 feet tall, good-looking, charismatic, multi-lingual, graduated from a top business school, and had made MD at a bulge bracket investment bank. Yet h ...

    54 comments - 11 silver bananas - May 14 2013 - 5:09pm -

  6. Being happy with what you got

    It goes without saying that every human being wants to be happy. We pursue education, careers, relationships, hobbies, etc., to maximize our happiness. Looking back on my life as well as learning from others, I think envy and insecurity are perhaps the cr ...

    26 comments - 6 silver bananas - Aug 8 2012 - 1:22pm -

  7. Personal Development Sites

    Hi Fellow Monkeys, I am trying to build up a list of resources for everyone on Wall Street Oasis to share. As I look at the forum, there are a lot of resources on getting a job in Finance. I believe that everyone is attracted to Finance, other than having ...

    55 comments - 6 silver bananas - Feb 11 2014 - 5:06pm -

  8. Leaving Banking. Fold.

    When I was in banking, I lost nearly PS17,000 spread betting on the Goldman Sachs SEC trial. I lost another gut wrenching chunk of money in Vegas playing poker with the big boys. Sucks right? But "life is long, I'll win it back". And so I w ...

    34 comments - 2 silver bananas - Apr 28 2013 - 7:45pm -

  9. Why bother being good?

          WHY BOTHER BEING GOOD? Everyday the newspaper tells the same depressing stories. Youth crime, corporate tax-avoidance, dishonest lawyers, selfish bankers, mass genocide, needless wars, countless violent acts of extreme hatred, rape, o ...

    33 comments - 5 silver bananas - Mar 23 2013 - 10:45am -

  10. Just Quit Investment Banking

          I was one of those high school seniors that posted on WallStreetOasis in the ye olde days when it was known as ibankingoasis.com, and well, despite my earlier enthusiasm for the job, I decided to quit this week. I wanted to both share ...

    43 comments - 1 silver bananas - Nov 24 2012 - 10:38am -

  11. The Illusion of A Better Job

    Why do we constantly set ourselves up for disappointment by dreaming up the possibilities how much better our lives would be if only we were doing something else? Too many times I have heard friends say "things would be so much better if only I worke ...

    16 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 10 2012 - 2:41pm -

  12. leaving IB, next steps...

    I'm confused. I used to post on here a couple of years ago, most of what I posted was bullsh*t. The truth is I was in my final year at university, I'd just done an internship, wasn't sure how I felt about it as a prospective life, and I wan ...

    52 comments - 20 silver bananas - Apr 27 2011 - 10:39am -

  13. The Secret to getting through hard times and being happy

    This is a damn long post so if you want to get to the meat of it just scroll down to the list and the closing statement. Otherwise read on. I will start by talking about myself and then move on to my advice. I will start off by saying that throughout all ...

    14 comments - 5 silver bananas - Aug 26 2012 - 12:35pm -

  14. Happiness and Income

    Going along with the "money and happiness" theme set in a few of my previous blog posts, I recently came across an article that went hand in hand. It turns out that money CAN buy happiness, BUT it has its limits. For instance, once you reach rou ...

    9 comments - 2 silver bananas - May 9 2012 - 10:45pm -

  15. The Dreams of a BB Analyst

    Sat at your desk, getting texts from off old friends, and girls you could've got on, who are out partying just a couple of blocks from you. Sat at your desk, falling asleep, feeling the emotional, physical and mental pain of yet another all nighter. ...

    50 comments - 7 silver bananas - Apr 7 2010 - 8:21am -

  16. How to get Respect...

    Bankers are among the smartest people in the world, though so easily manipulated. Why is it that as soon as graduates enter banking, they suddenly feel so inadequate that they change everything about themselves. We are meant to be the movers and the shake ...

    45 comments - 0 silver bananas - Mar 16 2010 - 9:39pm -

  17. Life after Investment Banking, part 2

    I just wanted to reply to a few of the comments on my first post... http://www.wallstreetoasis.com/forums/life-after-i... 1. I don't know what else I could do The picture on this post is an entry I wrote in my journal one hour after walking of the do ...

    26 comments - 4 silver bananas - Apr 26 2012 - 10:28am -

  18. Happiness for WSO

    So what is happiness? Is it a series of chemical reactions in your brain brought about by arbitrary worldly phenomena? Does it lie in your external portrayal to the world, through either your fame or degree of wealth? Or perhaps, is it much deeper than th ...

    38 comments - 4 silver bananas - Dec 13 2009 - 3:09am -

  19. Got my #1 firm!

          WSO, I want to thank you for all of your help over the past year and a half. I just got a call from my number one firm (top boutique in New York) and gave me a SA offer. I certainly could not have done it without all of the advice fou ...

    29 comments - 0 silver bananas - Feb 5 2011 - 4:40pm - Anonymous Monkey

  20. Are you non-finance guys out there happy?

          All you hear on this forum are two things: 1. how miserable working in banking is and 2. how it's necessary for any form of self-respect. Coming from a target school, there is almost a pressure at times to enter the banking indus ...

    8 comments - 0 silver bananas - May 27 2013 - 10:17pm -

  21. What you really need to succeed

    IQ is not the most important factor in determining success. Other factors such as Moral Intelligence, Body Intelligence and EQ tend to be more predictive of success. Almost 85% of financial success is determined by your personality, negotiation and commun ...

    9 comments - 0 silver bananas - Apr 25 2012 - 10:49am -

  22. Is Ignorance Bliss?

    Shin Dong-Hyuk was born in a North Korean prison camp. He was the product of "forced reproduction" between two prisoners that were allotted time to sleep together for good behavior. He later snitched on his mother and brother's escape plan, ...

    5 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 25 2013 - 4:35pm -

  23. Celebrating Your Exit

          To my fellow monkeys who are leaving banking eminently to join private equity. I'm curious, how are you all celebrating the end of your time in banking? Personally, I'm just planning on having a big night on the town, celebr ...

    8 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 29 2010 - 9:15am -

  24. Dan and Dave 2010

    Some weeks back I had dinner with two old friends from high school. We wound up hanging out with some college girls and my boys struck out hard with the two 19-year olds of the group; much to my simultaneous amusement and chagrin. You see, my guys are nam ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Oct 5 2010 - 11:26am -

  25. Summer Video. Have a good weekend!

          Hey.. New video for you guys if interested. It's a video of my last 9 months, recorded on iPhone, over a piano cover I've done of the #1 UK dance track. Hope you like! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IXWBDRby3o&feature.. ...

    4 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 22 2012 - 11:32am -

  26. Are you happy that you chose finance?

          Americans have been on a decades-long march toward greater material rewards, social and professional status, and physical appearance. And there are signs that we have become much less happy as a result. "Back in the 1960s, many c ...

    0 comments - 0 silver bananas - Jun 26 2016 - 5:50pm -

  27. A Guide to the Good Life

          I'm almost 40, and have been thinking about my life and its purpose for a few years. I recently read a book by William Irvine called A Guide to the Good Life. It helped answer a few questions. Questions that we all have to deal w ...

    1 comment - 3 silver bananas - Apr 1 2016 - 12:58pm -

  28. The Pursuit of a Happiness Index

    The Earth Institute at Columbia University has produced their first "World Happiness Report", in an attempt to assign value to what some may argue is impossible. Their goal was simple, to compare various nations happiness with more solid facts a ...

    1 comment - 0 silver bananas - Apr 29 2012 - 7:45pm -

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