I love you guys.

I just realized nobody on this forum ever takes a second to appreciate all the hard work we put in and all the great knowledge we share with each other.

A year ago I graduated from HS and entered my local CC because I had no clue what was really for me. I was a Computer Science major at the time and I also joined this forum at the exact same time. Reason being? I found out that one of my favorite automotive youtubers is a former investment banker. Throughout HS, and even still, I run a small business online: reselling and consigning rare sneakers/designer streetwear/hyped up clothing. I have always had a passion for business, meeting new people, and making deals.

By teaching myself how to make a proper self assessment, I was able to find my strengths and discovered they are perfectly in line with a future in IB/Consulting/CorpFin. I learned that this was the path I was meant to take, and this future is what will open doors for what I want to do much later down the line. If it wasn't for the invaluable knowledge that all of you busy workers are able to share during your only off time, I wouldn't be anywhere near as informed and prepared as I am today, only one year later.

I now have a great and relevant part time job. I have had a reason to maintain a great GPA in order to transfer to a semi/target (thanks to my new goal and path that I want to take in life, I am too motivated to let any difficult assignment negatively effect my future). I am the president of two finance and business clubs on campus, and I also am interviewing in the fall at some semi-targets that I hope to earn admittance to! Shit, this summer i'm studying financial markets abroad in London! None of this would exist or be possible without WSO, and for that I will be forever grateful; because very rarely can you acknowledge and thank something so intangible for changing your life.

I'm only 19 years old and have much more work to do. I have a lot to learn, a lot of networking to do, and most importantly, a lot of self-development to complete before I can say i'm even remotely prepared for a coveted SA position. However, I know that I will always be one step ahead of the majority by being an active member on this forum. Even trolls like @my name is goldstein have taught me what not to do! Huge shout out to @TNA @thebrofessor @IlliniProgrammer @Sil @DickFuld & @blacksoros and all of you rainmakers for all the insight and advice! I cannot wait to share my future story on @WallStreetOasis.com for the next generation of bankers. I'd also like to thank @FratLord for being the funniest douchebag i've ever come across on a forum.

If you truly want it, you can do it. I've learned that you must have the will to never give up, for your mindset will either make you- or break you. I may not be there yet, but the future is bright.

I shall now leave you guys with my favorite line from As a Man Thinketh. "It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance."

Mod Note (Andy): top 50 posts of 2017, this one ranks #48 (based on # of silver bananas)

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Jun 15, 2017

Awesome! I love when people in similar situations like us have access to new resources and the ability to grow together. I'm glad I could help and even more excited you pulled the trigger and read it! That book is singlehandedly responsible for who I am today.

Positive vibes only!

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

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Jun 15, 2017

Keep it up, you seem to be on the right track!

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Jun 15, 2017

Thank you.

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

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Jun 15, 2017
champagnepaki:

It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance."

everyone should print this and frame it

+1 OP

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Jun 15, 2017

I think I just found my new favorite quote.

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Jun 15, 2017

A motto to live by.

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Jun 15, 2017

Well said OP! Your drive, optimism, and self awareness will get you far in life. Who is the youtuber that was a banker previously?

Jun 15, 2017

Thank you! & the guy(s) would be @TGE_LDN and @MrJWW.

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Jun 15, 2017

And we love you, OP.

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Jun 15, 2017

<3

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Jun 16, 2017

lmao thought this was a non-target to bb thread

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

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Jun 16, 2017

I like you too. Like, more than friends.

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Jun 15, 2017

That would be very unprofessional fam

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Jun 20, 2017

I love you in a sarcasm-free fashion was not a sentence I expected to hear on a Wall St. themed conversation.

"I'm into, uh, well, murders and executions, mostly."

Jun 15, 2017

.

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Jul 18, 2017

Yeah WSO is useful. I used the advice here to learn how to network and such. TBH I had never even heard of "networking" before. I got a jb I'm happy with and I have a lot of opportunity to grow at my job. Thanks everyone!

Dec 24, 2017

Had to throw you some monkey shit. Life is a lot harder than this creepy love letter you just wrote; that, and you need to get prepared to get boned during your future SA stint. Which with the right attitude (which you seem to have) you shall get.

Jun 15, 2017

Ah, I wrote this what feels like a year ago as a second semester freshman. Agree its a bit lovey dovey but definitely not creepy at all - it was a thank you letter. I agree that life is very difficult and is loaded with unexpected turns and obstacles, but that wasn't the focus of the message I wanted to get out. I'm well aware of the grind and metaphorical mental rape SA's may be put through, but am still excited and ready for such a learning experience nonetheless.

Since this post I have lined up transferring to a target, earned my Bloomberg cert, did a summer analyst "bootcamp," graduated from the study abroad top of class, and even just got an offer at a f500 tech/aerospace firm for a rotational summer finance internship - which is definitely against the odds coming from a no-name community college on the east coast. I will continue to prep with BIWS and only mention this to echo your sentiment of keeping the right attitude - it was and still is an uphill battle but has been a real journey ~ thanks for the advice!

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Dec 26, 2017

Only a matter of time until...

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Dec 24, 2017

Very Impressive. Keep hustling!

Jun 15, 2017

Thank you!

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Dec 26, 2017
champagnepaki:

I'd also like to thank @FratLord for being the funniest douchebag i've ever come across on a forum.

Lmao, this guy's a good dude. He had the balls to post his phone number in a thread and I prank called him one day and he laughed it off like a champ. Glad to hear you're doing well, keep up the positive attitude and you're gonna continue to prosper.

Jun 15, 2017

I have no idea what you're talking about so it was definitely not me.. LOL

Thank you!

"It is not our circumstance that controls us, but our thoughts that control our circumstance." -James Allen

Dec 26, 2017
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