How are you measuring your life?

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I recently read an article on how life can be miserable at times even when one is raking in a million dollar paycheck.

I want to ask experienced professionals working in IB, PE, HF or any other industry in finance if they are satisfied with what they are doing in their jobs and how they manage to spend meaningful time with family? What job would they like to do other than what they are doing now if they are paid same salary for both jobs?
If I use Clayton Christenson's words, how are you measuring your life right now?

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Feb 23, 2019 - 7:15pm

I wanna do the Dakar Rally and the Gumball 3000

heister:

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

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Feb 27, 2019 - 11:24pm

You don't need to measure your life by some quantitative standard. Probably the only question you need to ask is "Am I happy?" If the answer is yes, then great, keep going. If the answer is no, and the reason for that no is that your job makes you unhappy, probably time to change jobs.

FWIW, I quit PE, took a big pay cut, and I'm pretty happy and satisfied with my life. It's not perfect (wish I was better at being social with my friends/family) but overall I'm good. I also have a friend who quit big law around the same time and took an even bigger pay cut to become a teacher, but it's not working out as well for him, so YMMV.

 
Feb 28, 2019 - 12:30pm

CHItizen:

You don't need to measure your life by some quantitative standard. Probably the only question you need to ask is "Am I happy?" If the answer is yes, then great, keep going. If the answer is no, and the reason for that no is that your job makes you unhappy, probably time to change jobs.

FWIW, I quit PE, took a big pay cut, and I'm pretty happy and satisfied with my life. It's not perfect (wish I was better at being social with my friends/family) but overall I'm good. I also have a friend who quit big law around the same time and took an even bigger pay cut to become a teacher, but it's not working out as well for him, so YMMV.

Where did you go from PE? If you've posted about this elsewhere, please feel free to just point me there. If you'd prefer PM, would love to chat about it.

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Feb 28, 2019 - 10:33pm

I left with no idea what my next step was going to be (I had friends in similar spots take 3-9 months off with no problem getting jobs, so I felt comfortable doing so). Fortunately, PE pays well so I had savings and just chilled for a while - read, traveled, played video games. Wound up taking a strategy/corp dev role at a midsize company. I think the work is interesting but just as importantly my coworkers/bosses are smart and fun to be around, which certainly was not the case in PE.

 
Feb 28, 2019 - 10:56am

Once I conquer and control a small country, then fill it with dinosaurs.

 
Feb 28, 2019 - 11:09am

QuiltEmerson:

I measure happiness by the square meters of my rooftop terrace. Is there another way to do it?

I prefer to go along with the following => sqm rooftop terrace + 1/2(sqm of masters bedroom adjacent terrace) + 1/5(sqm of others terraces)

 
Feb 28, 2019 - 12:21pm

fucks given on things i like / fucks given about things i dgaf about

I can get caught up and stressed about shit I don't actually care about (job, email from boss, drama). I like caring about what I'm passionate about. I don't mind worrying how well my small business is doing or how well my relationship is at the moment.

 
Feb 28, 2019 - 1:24pm

If I compare myself to all my former peers in high school from a financial and career perspective. They don't even come close to where I am at. But from their perspective, I am probably a strange and sad creature who don't go outside and spend all his time working. But my family will never worry about missing payments and I would be able to do whatever I want by the time I turn 30.
So my measurement is how comfortably my mother is living.

Cash and cash equivalents: $138,311 Financial instruments and other inventory positions owned: $448,166
 
Feb 28, 2019 - 1:34pm

So many ways to approach this but ,in a nutshell, I answer the question by examining if I'm happy with:

Who I am
Where I am
and With with whom I am

...DO I like me, do I like where I am (how my life is going), and do I like who I spend time with.

This is about having freedom to do what you want with whom you want, when you want. If you can, I think your measure of your life would be pretty good. If not, you probably want to work on things to get to that point.

 
Mar 19, 2019 - 4:09pm

Do I move Size?
If so => happy
If not=> sad pathetic loser

1 metric in measuring success is moving size

thots & prayers
 
Mar 19, 2019 - 4:36pm
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