Genuinely curious and want to have an open forum for peoples thoughts / opinions:
Do you ever think about the opportunity cost of working in investment banking? Let's say you are working ~80+ hours a week for the first couple of years and 50-60+ after that. Imagine if you put all of these hours into building a business that you founded yourself, or a company that you have equity in. If you put in 80 hours a week working on building a business of your own, the possibilities are endless. You would have no ceiling on your success.
Rather, we are all just cogs in a system where we slave away making "good" money while the real people are at the top making the big dollars. Why not invest all of those hours, late nights, and hard work into something that you build for yourself, that can make you vastly more wealthy, rather than working for the guy at the top?