Would You Do This If You Didn't Have To?
Andy note: "Blast from the past - Best of Eddie" - This one is originally from April 2010 . If there's an old post from Eddie you'd like to see up again shoot me a message.
I think some people are born to be investment bankers. I know some people are born to be traders, because I had the privilege of working with a couple over the years. I certainly had a gift for, but I would never describe myself as being "born for it". What I mean by that expression is that a given job is the exact perfect fit for the person doing it, and that person is happy enough doing it that they'd gladly do it for free.
Imagine for a moment that you were holding a winning lottery ticket. Just for the sake of argument, let's say it paid off $10 million after all taxes and let's also make the assumption that you're not a complete dunce (the purchase of said lottery ticket in the first place notwithstanding). In other words, you're not going to blow the dough leasing a G-5 to follow the crew of Girls Gone Wild around the globe until the money runs out.
Do you enjoy your work enough to keep doing it even if you didn't need the money? I have a few assumptions I'll keep to myself for the moment, because I'm hoping to hear from guys who are still in college and those who are just getting started on the Street.
I've done a lot of different things in my life, but two "professions" stick out in my mind as jobs I'd be willing to do even if I weren't paid (assuming I didn't need the money, of course). Believe it or not,isn't one of them (even though that's where I made the most money in the shortest period of time). The two "jobs" I enjoyed the most and would do for free were bartender and yacht delivery captain.
So I'm curious. If you won the lottery, would you press on and finish your analyst gig? If you're still in school, would you finish college? Why? If not, what would you do? If so, what is it about the Street that makes you feel like you were "born for it"?