I'm an average joe making good money for family and enjoying a chill life. What am I missing out on by not pursuing prestige?
Hey guys. I'm a 29 year old white male with a loving wife and 1 year old son. I went to a state school (Cal State Fullerton), graduated with a 3.1 GPA (didn't give a crap about school, just partied) and then got a sales job. Then I busted my ass (I'm not analytical or smart, but I'm a grinder) and hustled and got into tech sales. The past few years I've been making $100k+ in software sales for startups.
I live in LA right now and love it. I have a gorgeous wife and awesome son. I work out regularly, eat healthily, and only work 45 hours a week. I have 3 hobbies - I do drums in a rock band, I surf, and do martial arts (BJJ), and am decent at all three. I still have plenty of free time to enjoy entertainment (video games), TV, movies, etc., while caring for my family. Life is good and I'm happy.
Since you guys here are so obsessed with prestige, what am I missing out on? What am I losing by not getting an Ivy League degree or working as an investment banker, consultant, corporate lawyer, doctor, etc.? Why do some of you guys seek a career with 70+ hour work weeks on the regular? It's not that I'm not ambitious at all - in sales, you gotta be, but I value life a lot too.
Just curious about your guyses perspectives. Living to work rather than the other way around seems miserable from my perspective. Thanks.