Happiest, Most Rewarding Experiences of Your life

I wanted to take a break from from all the negativity in the world and read about some good times.  For me, without thinking about it too much, it was when my son, made a comeback as  a pitcher in baseball.  He went from not being able to get anyone out to becoming the best pitcher on his team.  He dropped out of baseball leagues for 3 years but practiced in the backyard and developed some speed on a fastball and a pretty good curve.  

For me personally, I was super happy when I passed each level of the CFA exams, especially the first one because it was new experience.  It was very rewarding to know that the sacrifice let to good results.

WSO Elite Modeling Package

  • 6 courses to mastery: Excel, Financial Statement, LBO, M&A, Valuation and DCF
  • Elite instructors from top BB investment banks and private equity megafunds
  • Includes Company DB + Video Library Access (1 year)

Comments (29)

Sep 25, 2020 - 10:08am

Being a first a generation immigrant, getting into college was rewarding. Kind of cliche, I know, but my parents gave up everything they knew to come to the states. So getting into college here was the first step in me letting them know it wasn't for nothing.

In the years to come my brother and I will most likely buy them a house. So that is a rewarding experience I'm looking forward too.

Sep 25, 2020 - 11:39am

Yeah, I can see how that would be a big accomplishment.  My family has been in  the US for a long time, so I was not the first one to go to college in my family.  I was the first one to go to grad school, though. 

Most Helpful
Sep 25, 2020 - 11:32pm

This is going to sound corny but discovering WSO and being able to learn without being judged is very rewarding.

I'm a broke first gen student and my family has zero knowledge of finance so i'm grateful that people in the industry take time out of their busy lives to post and explain topics, it motivates me and gives me hope that one day i can make it from nothing. 

Sep 26, 2020 - 8:00am

@AndyLouis should award you with 100 SBs.

Learn More

300+ video lessons across 6 modeling courses taught by elite practitioners at the top investment banks and private equity funds -- Excel Modeling -- Financial Statement Modeling -- M&A Modeling -- LBO Modeling -- DCF and Valuation Modeling -- ALL INCLUDED + 2 Huge Bonuses.

Learn more
Sep 26, 2020 - 10:05am

I played on a Bantam A hockey team that won the state championship in a state where hockey's a pretty big deal (teammate is currently an NHL captain and most went on to play D1). At the time, I played basically 7 days a week almost all year and to have all the hard work come together for a moment like that is a memory I'll never forget. I look forward to when I have kids - that hopefully want to play hockey - and get to play in my home rink where our banner hangs. Not to be that guy stuck in the "glory days" lmao but it was an incredible experience

Monkey see. Monkey Doo [Doo].

  • 4
Sep 27, 2020 - 9:09am

That is cool.  I can kind of relate to the dedication to sports.  I have always been very disciplined at things that I have enjoyed and sports has always been a passion of mine.  My main sport was baseball (Where I grew up, we did not have much ice, haha) and worked very hard at it. I spent a lot of time in batting cages and on practice fields.

  • 1
Sep 26, 2020 - 4:10pm

Small and kinda silly thing - but just re-watched American Beauty a week ago. I'm 20 y/o now, and I watched it for the 1st time when I was 15 - thought it was good. This time though it was GREAT - one of my all-time favorites now. I identified so much with Kevin Spacey character's frustration. Definitely not the happiest/most rewarding experience (can't think of anything) but I haven't felt this good in a while.

Thanks for this post - we need more positivity in life for sure.

Array
  • 2
Sep 28, 2020 - 10:07am

Re-watch American Beauty when you're 30 and it will hit you harder, I'm sure when you're 40 it will ring true. 

Funny side note: in 1999 American Beauty, The Matrix, Fight Club and Office Space were all released.... a few months later American Psycho came out. The funny thing is that all those movies are as relevant today as when they came out. 

  • Analyst 1 in S&T - Other
Sep 27, 2020 - 6:24am

The happiest and most fulfilled I've felt looking back was when I took a plane for the first time to begin college here in US. I kept thinking about how I had exceeded all my childhood expectations...the bar was clearly low. I never dreamed about going to America. It felt too unattainable to even be made a goal. I do not exaggerate when I say that where I grew up America is this perfect place we see in movies but will probably never get to visit. My mother just couldn't believe it when I got my college offers. As the plane took off in my small, very unknown, African country, I vowed to make the most of my 4 years. I'm a junior now and I'm so proud of how well I've adjusted and thankful for all the friends that have made me feel at home. Occasional racism aside, I'd say Americans are very friendly and eager to help.

Sep 27, 2020 - 7:39pm

Getting a black belt . I had trained for so many years, and it was nice to hit that milestone. Humility would have us consider it just a milestone and you're supposed to look past it, but the truth is it still felt huge to me. Kind of was the mark of moving from student to instructor. Plus I'm such a physically un-gifted and awkward guy, always picked last for sports and teased growing up, so this was kind of like proving to myself I could hit a mark of physical performance. And I had torn my achilles tendon twice and had to delay the test by a year due to these injuries, so when I finally did test and pass it was a big deal. My mom who never really took interest in sports drove up 8 hours to show up for the test, and cried during the exam. It was a great milestone in my life and felt like a real accomplishment. 

Sep 29, 2020 - 1:42am

Stealing my dad's bank info to wire half of my An1 bonus to his account. He purchased the biggest TV he could find. He's currently the official host of family Super Bowls. 

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
  • 5
Sep 30, 2020 - 3:58am

In due time mate. Godspeed!

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
  • 1
Sep 29, 2020 - 1:43am

Graduating early with a FT offer waiting was another great feeling. 

"Full speed ahead, damn the torpedoes." -U.S. Navy General Farragut
Oct 1, 2020 - 7:12am

Quaerat tempore iusto dicta possimus rerum labore vero itaque. Et reiciendis et doloribus qui. Eius deleniti quia veritatis quos voluptatem nisi.

Quia doloremque nam veniam amet commodi aut. Est deleniti blanditiis qui modi reprehenderit iste autem architecto. Dolor corrupti qui soluta temporibus et. Perspiciatis cum consectetur ut velit. Velit sunt voluptates officia ut. Porro harum ullam temporibus accusantium velit deleniti asperiores. Eaque placeat dolor voluptates perspiciatis.

Expedita pariatur quos consequuntur non et occaecati voluptate. Doloribus molestias non aut. Quod magni necessitatibus quis vero et voluptatum repellendus. Vel nostrum quasi facilis provident. Sequi optio est quod enim sapiente. Sed iure ut in quasi rerum facere excepturi.

Nov 9, 2020 - 6:26am

Dicta molestiae similique dolorem consequatur minus minima est nobis. Rerum et pariatur dignissimos laboriosam architecto animi repudiandae. Quis dolores veritatis quod velit. Officiis ipsa commodi aut deleniti rem ab.

Qui distinctio tempora libero qui eaque quae consequatur. Error praesentium est et et quaerat vero qui quo. Maiores omnis sit libero omnis fuga expedita.

Dayman?
Start Discussion

Total Avg Compensation

January 2022 Investment Banking

  • Director/MD (5) $604
  • Vice President (20) $379
  • Associates (142) $239
  • 2nd Year Analyst (84) $153
  • 3rd+ Year Analyst (15) $150
  • 1st Year Analyst (293) $143
  • Intern/Summer Associate (63) $143
  • Intern/Summer Analyst (224) $89