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Jul 17, 2018 - 6:24pm
Jamie_Diamond, what's your opinion? Comment below:

buyside offer

What concert costs 45 cents? 50 Cent feat. Nickelback.

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Dec 29, 2018 - 4:24pm
Gibbs, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Jamie_Diamond:
buyside offer

Jamie Dimon never went buyside in his entire career

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Jul 18, 2018 - 3:41pm
NoEquityResearch, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Apparently, I had already made it when I was earning $50K per year by that metric.

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Jul 17, 2018 - 6:29pm
KOL A, what's your opinion? Comment below:

... you no longer check the balance of your bank accounts.

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Jul 17, 2018 - 6:50pm
Monkey2678, what's your opinion? Comment below:

...you have the ability to do what you want to do.

If you want to buy a 10,000 square foot house in the Hamptons and have 4 sports cars, then you'll need to be rich in order to "make it". However, if you want to be an Olympian, you could "make it" in life without necessarily being rich. Set your goals high, but your goals don't always have to be money-related. All you have to do is reach your goals or put yourself in a position to do what you want to do, and then you've "made it".

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Dec 30, 2018 - 9:37am
TallWhenStandingOnWallet, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Still waiting to see someone with a "The Addict" status...50k+ bananas!

My soul is highly leveraged
Jul 23, 2018 - 4:39pm
GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Dude I don't know, people are so liberal with the MS for the most uncontroversial shit. I guess everything is controversial these days.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
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Jul 17, 2018 - 7:19pm
numbermassager, what's your opinion? Comment below:

The answer to this is absolutely relative. It depends on culture, race, wealth background friend group, expectations, marital status, parental status,etc. A postal worker in a rural area making $20/hr may feel like they made it when most of their peers are making minimum wage or are on welfare. An over leveraged MD may feel like a failure because he rakes half a mil at a boutique while some in his analyst class he feels he's smarter than rake in millions. A neurosurgeon might feel unaccomplished because she is childless and comes from a cultural or religious background that places a premium on kids. Whereas a poor mother from a rural area might feel accomplished because her only son graduated university as the first gen student of his family.

tl. dr -- it's all relative, and there's no point to compare. Just gotta be the best version of yourself you can be.

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Jul 17, 2018 - 7:27pm
TheBuellerBanker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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Jul 18, 2018 - 9:36am
Nightman Cometh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hahaha good catch

Dayman?
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Jul 18, 2018 - 11:25am
Anonymous Monkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is so hard to focus on when you're surrounded by people of your same background doing 1000x better than you.

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:04pm
numbermassager, what's your opinion? Comment below:
NoJobProspectsInSight:
This is so hard to focus on when you're surrounded by people of your same background doing 1000x better than you.

Take my advice with a grain of salt, but I'll share something that worked for me. I've always been a "striver", like I suspect the majority of this community. I have also accepted I'll never be completely content. Every achievement leaves me wanting more. So I have in no way cracked the "happiness" code or whatever. This method just helped me visualize my personal achievements and helped me gain some perspective on life when I had different setbacks while my peers seemed to progress unimpeded through life.

1- If you find that not just a couple, but the majority of the people you grew up with (similar background, upbringing etc) are more successful than you, that means that at some point in your life, you've underachieved. Could have been circumstances beyond your control, but some where you messed up. 2- Think of life as a formula 1 race or a marathon. Sure, they've passed you, maybe even lapped you, but focusing on them won't help. You'll just be reminded of how wide the gulf between you is. So the question to ask yourself is the following: where's the closest realistic point in life where you feel you can be at a level you're personally satisfied with? 3- What do you have to change about yourself to get there? 4- Establish a plan and have different milestones or checkups. Could be weeks, could be every three months, could be a year. Any incremental change will make a difference, and eventually you'll get at a point where you'll realize that the gulf between you and your friends isn't that wide anyways. 5- Put it all in perspective. if you're North American, the simple fact you get to live here already makes you more fortunate than the vast majority of the planet.

Anyways, let's say that, like I suspect most people on here, your parents were at upper middle class or at least comfortably middle class. You may have gone to private school or a good public school and made it to either a target, or at least a decent non-target/state school. Maybe you goofed up and graduated with a 2.1 GPA/no internships etc...while your friends are making 6 figures in IB or 60k+ in nice consulting or corp jobs. Your username says you have no jobs or prospects, so you probably feel envious when your mbb or deloitte friend posts an IG story of them traveling for business or something. You've applied to a bunch of similar jobs but know you have no chance.

What if instead, you took that 30k sh*tty sales job & made a plan to hustle and parlay that into an MBA in 5/6 years? Or used that experience to get a F500 job 3/4 years ahead? That'd be a more productive and more efficient way of tackling that "gap" between you and your peers, instead of sitting at home and bemoaning your situation.

tl:dr stop comparing and instead be honest with yourself, establish a roadmap, and come post a glorious humblebrag thread here in 5 years on how you made it to consulting or ib or wtver. I believe in you man, as cheesy as it sounds.

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:30pm
ChimpMaster, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You've made it when you wake up and smile everyday and are thankful for the life you live. And you can do that any day, with any amount of money. There are people who deliver mail for a living that have made it and there are billionaires who have not. And vise versa.

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:20pm
Juniper249, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're missing the point. The subjective nature of this question opens the door for a wide variety of interesting perspectives. He wasn't asking for THE answer- he was simply asking for YOUR answer.

Jul 17, 2018 - 7:20pm
FWH, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Theres no universal metric for success. Its entirely subjective. When you've decided you've made it, then you've made it.

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Jul 17, 2018 - 7:54pm
famejranc, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Yeah I agree I asked to see which way people would determine it (financial, family, career, creative, a mix)

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Jul 27, 2018 - 3:21pm
Juniper249, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're missing the point. The subjective nature of this question opens the door for a wide variety of interesting perspectives. He wasn't asking for THE answer- he was simply asking for YOUR answer.

Dec 30, 2018 - 1:05am
BankerLivesMatter, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Solid

Work hard, work clean, & most of all do not give up.
Jul 18, 2018 - 11:10am
Nightman Cometh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hell yeah dude they topped the prestige rankings again this year

Dayman?
Jul 17, 2018 - 9:57pm
REPE God, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Was expecting way more facetious douchery in this thread...disappointing.

*When you make enough money that people give you props for being humble instead of calling you cheap, when you're being cheap.

*When you have enough office-clout to rock pinstripes without looking like a tryhard.

*When you can show up late to the office, without an elaborate excuse.

*When you start closing your office door to look busy so no one bothers you, when the reality is the Analysts are taking care of all the grunt work and you're just making phone calls and trolling through WSO.

*When you take the corporate card for a spin to get lunch with brokers and can order whatever you want without fear of ever having to explain the clearly unnecessarily expensive wine bottles you ordered.

*When HR knows you have more office-clout than them and becomes more concerned about you liking them than vice-versa.

*When you can say something bizarre and irrelevant and the interns will still nod their heads and vigorously jot it down into their notebooks to try and impress you.

Jul 18, 2018 - 6:25pm
Mostly Random Dude, what's your opinion? Comment below:
REPE God:
*When you can show up late to the office, without an elaborate excuse.
Ah, I made it! :)
REPE God:
*When you have enough office-clout to rock pinstripes without looking like a tryhard.
Oh, I'll never make it! :/
I have a friend who lives in the country, and it's supposed to be an hour from 42nd Street. A lie! The only thing that's an hour from 42nd Street is 43rd Street!
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Aug 29, 2018 - 1:41am
Chuck Rhoades, what's your opinion? Comment below:
JohnnyM93:
I'll fucking rock pinstripes whenever I want.

You're god damn right.

'I'm jacked... JACKED TO THE TITS!!'
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Jul 17, 2018 - 10:07pm
LateralMonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

For me, it was after I got my final offer during my investment banking internship. I'd left a small town, and I remember looking around Manhattan, still a little dazed that I'd gotten my offer, and thinking about all the times I used to visit the City as a kid and dream about living here. And now I'd made it a reality through sheer work. That, to me, was huge.

I look at a lot of kids stuck at home now and they're struggling, and so for me, "making it" was getting out and being able to carve a path unlike anybody else from my hometown.

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:54pm
Alt+A+W+T, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Like the honesty

Don't break yourself on the way to making yourself
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Jul 18, 2018 - 7:28am
Whyphy, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's hard to define, there are a lot of factors which would need to combine for me to consider myself to have made it, the minimum being a financially comfortable, happy, and healthy family. But I think that isn't overly hard to achieve.

If we're pushing to what I would dream of - at least an 8 figure net worth, a knighthood, and being an influential figure (in any area, and no, not an influencer on Instagram)

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:59pm
SunTzu, what's your opinion? Comment below:

This is it, man. Classic WSO responses, every one obsessing about money, then realizing it doesn't get you as much as you has been promised...

Life is more than dollars
Jul 18, 2018 - 4:41pm
Aech, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Wait a second...

When I pull a deal off the table, I leave Nagasaki behind
Jul 18, 2018 - 9:23am
BobTheBaker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When you can be considered a "philanthropist".

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Jul 18, 2018 - 2:36pm
jntheriot504, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I've made it then!

β€œI am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:36am
Nightman Cometh, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When you are the incoming CEO of Goldman Sachs who also is a DJ on the side.

Dayman?
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Jul 18, 2018 - 9:39am
Craig McDermott, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When your closet is full of deal sleds and Patagucci vests (branded, or GTFO), your drawer full of Juul pods, and you have the baddest hardess on the street.

Cheer up, Bateman. What's the matter? No shiatsu this morning?
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Jul 18, 2018 - 9:44am
fud_box, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When you have "fuck you" money.

Whats the point of having "fuck you" money if you never say 'fuck you"?

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Jul 25, 2018 - 8:00pm
Antiaverage, what's your opinion? Comment below:
Cardinal:
The family unlimited plan is my personal 2nd amendment. Take it from my cold dead hands.

Yeah, my brother and I are both in well-paying jobs and on my dads plan. We just pay proportionally every month for our usage. Why would I pay Verizon $130 a month instead of $60 a month while also helping my family to pay less?

Just dropping off on your own without an actual reason seems foolish.

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Jul 18, 2018 - 2:03pm
SunTzu, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You've made it when you:

  1. Are confident and content with the person you have become, especially when you can see yourself positive traits manifested in others
  2. Have many achievements to look back on due to your hard work and grit
  3. You have a great dog
  4. You have productive hobbies (doesn't include partying) and friends outside of work who make you better
  5. Are financially secure
Life is more than dollars
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Jul 18, 2018 - 3:46pm
Isaiah_53_5 πŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’ŽπŸ™ŒπŸ’Ž, what's your opinion? Comment below:
famejranc:
You Know You Have "Made It" When ______

You Know You Have "Made It" When ______

you don't have to use this phrase anymore.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Jul 18, 2018 - 4:44pm
Billion with a B, what's your opinion? Comment below:

From Drake's best album, when you know you made it...:

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You won't feel me until everybody Say they love you, but it's not love And your suit is oxblood And the girl you fucking hates you And your friends faded off shots of What you ordered Then forget about the game that you on top of Your famous girlfriend ass keep getting Thicker than the plot does And when you forget her, that's when she pop up And you got a drop but you ride around with the top up Or get three SUVs for niggas dressed like refugees And deal with the questions About all your excessive needs And you do dinners at French Laundry in Napa Valley Scallops and glasses of Dolce That shit right up your alley You see a girl and you ask about her Bitches smiling at you, it must be happy hour They put the cloth across your lap soon as you sat down It's feeling like you own every place you choose to be at now Walking through airport security with your hat down Instead of getting a pat down, they just keep on Saying that they feel you, nigga
Jul 25, 2018 - 2:51pm
Addinator, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It's always amazing when I read rap lyrics and I realize that I don't have any idea what they are actually saying when i listen to it and i make up half of the lyrics on my own.... terrifying.

Jul 18, 2018 - 5:28pm
mikethebroker, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Tip all the valet guys 100's when I pull up in my new ferrari. Half of the cash flow from my rental properties exceeds my annual spending Don't ever have to look at my bank account when I buy nice clothes or travel Buying a new car/house for a family member My dividend portfolio is making 6-7 figures a year

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:24pm
papertiger, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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Jul 19, 2018 - 7:25pm
yungman91, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When you don't even think twice about paying for a brazzers membership

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Jul 19, 2018 - 10:56pm
harshbask, what's your opinion? Comment below:
famejranc:
What do you think? What is a sign that you have really succeeded in life? How high have you set the bar for making it?

Being contented and happy with what you have are the best signs that you have succeeded in life.

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:14am
AndyLouis, what's your opinion? Comment below:

a lot of it comes down to "being the master of your own kingdom" see Rogan w/ Guy Ritchie https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rd3yeX1-SaM

this is one of my favorite JRE clips of all time btw

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Jul 20, 2018 - 12:42pm
panzeee, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When your drive and passion becomes natural and not because you are focused on the money

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:45pm
Rom, what's your opinion? Comment below:

It is a relative question. Different people want different things (spending habits, lifestyle, priorities, obligations).

Ideally, it is when you have the liberty to decide what you want to do and when you want to do it. For example: You want to take two weeks off with your family, do it. Regardless of the budget (can be a trip across the globe or an escape upstate), that level of freedom speaks for itself.

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:23pm
Juniper249, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You're missing the point. The subjective nature of this question opens the door for a wide variety of interesting perspectives. He wasn't asking for THE answer- he was simply asking for YOUR answer.

Jul 20, 2018 - 4:03pm
DatOneWallStreetDawg, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You have a house in the Hamptons you forgot about

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Jul 22, 2018 - 2:35pm
the_gekko, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Forbes 400.

"I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing. " -GG
Jul 22, 2018 - 8:41pm
MonacoMonkey, what's your opinion? Comment below:

All the responses thus far are incorrect. They are signals of the "faux riche" (i.e. wannabe wealthy).

There's only 1 correct answer, and it's the following:

You know you've made it when you are more concerned about hiding your wealth rather than flaunting it.

^ think about it.

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:05pm
datguy345, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You know you made it when you have a cubicle with a door and an extra 1 ft higher glass partition all around.

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:52pm
GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

and a backup fidget spinner

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
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Jul 23, 2018 - 4:36pm
GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Your lifestyle is aligned with your values. All of them.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
Jul 24, 2018 - 5:05am
hikinghistoryfan, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When on sunday I am actually looking forward to monday

science is organized knowledge - wisdom is organized life. Kant
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Jul 25, 2018 - 7:57pm
Antiaverage, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Depends on how you gauge success.

I think the general rule would be when you can stop showing up to work tomorrow and be fine financially without cutting obligations and running (much harder with a family than by yourself)

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Aug 29, 2018 - 1:14am
H13x, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I believe that in when someone makes it, they are able to provide a stable life for their children and family, without having the burden of stress they suffered growing up.

More importantly, my definition of making it is looking forward to going to work and kill it in the performance portion of it.

Oh, and not having to work all 7 days for months at a time.

No pain no game.

Sep 1, 2018 - 10:11am
xyzzz, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Hm...

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Sep 1, 2018 - 10:23am
GoldenCinderblock, what's your opinion? Comment below:

I want a quarterly olive oil subscription and a monthly dry farm wines subscription. That's when I'll know I've made it. And I will definitely drink all the wine, but I won't go through that much olive oil, so I'll just give bottles away to motherfuckers. Power move.

heister:

Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.

https://arthuxtable.com/
Sep 1, 2018 - 9:25pm
seriesexamtutor, what's your opinion? Comment below:

When you no longer have to report to anyone...

http://www.series7examtutor.com
Dec 29, 2018 - 2:43pm
f.oziasaleem514, what's your opinion? Comment below:
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Dec 29, 2018 - 11:09pm
I quit this site because of censorship, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You've made it when, in theory, you could call someone the N-word on Twitter, unworried about how it will impact your personal finances. By this definition, not even Elon Musk has "made it"--so my definition is predicated upon financial independence and lack of notoriety. In essence, true freedom.

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Dec 30, 2018 - 9:41am
TallWhenStandingOnWallet, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Success is not lying and getting a water cup only to put soda in it!

My soul is highly leveraged
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Jan 1, 2019 - 8:17pm
Frieds, what's your opinion? Comment below:

You know you've made it when... (Originally Posted: 06/15/2011)

You have a controversial, best selling Children's Book take over the New York Times Book Review and you have one Bad Ass Mother Fucker serving as the narrator for the audio book, you have a major hit.

So without further adieu, may I present "Go The Fuck To Sleep", as read by Samuel L. Jackson:

http://www.youtube.com/embed/5yqVnCAiWHw

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Aug 6, 2019 - 2:54am
2rigged2fail, what's your opinion? Comment below:

Zero achievable goals in this thread

Brainwashed by consumerism

Come back to reality

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Aug 27, 2019 - 4:25am
wealthprime12, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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HFPM, what's your opinion? Comment below:

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