Now, answer honestly...could you ever see yourself saying those words? How about if one of your buddies hit you with that line? What would be your reaction?
Everywhere I turn lately, I see examples of people "living the dream". Generally, their means are humble, their horizons not too distant, but then I meet guys like Ted. They make me scratch my head about internal and external motivation .
Ted is one of these guys. The ones who make me think all my ambition and hubris are the not the engine, but the brakes stalling my machinery. Here's what the general public thinks about Ted and his colleagues , consider it as you read on.
Ted's 26 and has been at this racket since he finished high school. I met Ted, a gregarious fellow, who would make most native New Yorkers pull up and blow chunks at the sight of his genuine interest in others, about two years ago in a small Midwestern town. I swear the guy's like a saint, he runs to the other side of the street to help the old lady cross, gets shouted out mid stride by half the community, waves to passing cars like the Homecoming Queen and wears a permanent grin that would put the Joker to shame.
Ted makes a nice six figure salary, he has zero debt. He owns his house outright, has a vacation home, three cars, a boat, twin jet skis, a Ninja and a Harley. He works 9-5 Monday to Friday. In his community Ted is beloved like Jimmy Stewart in "It's a Wonderful Life". He really makes me friggin' mad...
Who is this non-Alpha male to be living the dream while I ride the subway next to a guy currently crapping himself? He doesn't have my style, my attitude, he doesn't crush it! He talks to old ladies about their annuities all day. He says stuff like "you shouldn't put all your eggs in one basket, Eunice" or "gotta start puttin'away for Tommy's college fund, ey George?". He wears a Tommy Hilfigerhe bought at TJ Maxx for Pete's sake!!!
Though it has been asked many times on this site before...and many times in general...what is it about Wall Street? The allure of yesteryear is certainly no longer there. Theera has come to a screeching halt. Now on top of all that, guys like Ted seem to be the ones living, what many on The Street only dream about.
Is this for real? Is perception the real reality? Is Ted having the last laugh?
Would he even find this funny?