die 15 years earlier for guaranteed top (1million+) salary and top prestige (top schools, highest honors, firms like Goldman Sachs & KKR). who is willing to do it?

for me it would make my shorter life happier and better so i say yes

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I was going to answer, then I saw "firefighter" and changed my mind.

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Money isn't everything chief. I'd rather see my grand kids make it to college before I go.


I think people should just stop replying to his threads entirely.


I am convinced that the most valuable thing in life- besides that which defines our purpose here- is free time with friends and family, not money.

So no, I would not give up 15 years.

The sad thing, though, is that many folks on this forum are gearing up to do exactly that- only trade 15 years of their 20s and 30s for prestige rather than their 70s and 80s.

Firefighter- I'm not sure if you're a troll or not, but you seriously need to stop being obsessed with prestige. Prestige ranks #20 on the list of life's priorities for most healthy people. Give up prestige and pick up a fun sport like hang gliding, kitesurfing, ice climbing, or hiking. That way, you've got interesting stories to tell.

Ever remember the mystery movies? The old guy with the australian accent who went around with a campaign hat on and told stories about hunting tigers and crossing Antarctica was so much cooler than the retired banker who sipped scotch, rolled his eyes, and puffed on his pipe. When you hit 65, who would you rather be? I want to be Col. Mustard, in the study, with an old black powder rifle.


I wish I didn't read this but since I read it, I'm now wondering if given the choice... Would most people on this board prefer to be an employee who strictly pursues the ideal, prestige "track" or someone like Buffet, Kravis, or Fink, who became legends without the work history of "top prestige" (I realize Fink was in Blackstone but that was before it became really big)? The answer may seem obvious (the latter) but no one can deny that the former is more appealing in the short-run, for any young aspiring BSD.


Don't feed the trolls

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