What is your end goal / dream job?

Out of curiosity, what does everyone want to end up doing in finance? What positions in trading, banking, private equity, real estate, etc, etc? Or maybe doesn't have to be finance?

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Aug 26, 2019 - 6:29pm

Developer of significant projects that positively impact the cities they exist in both at street level and the skyline while making me a lot of money.

Commercial Real Estate Developer

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Aug 27, 2019 - 12:12pm

You don't think cities are killing this planet? Come on, man. This real estate shit is a hustle. Nothing more.

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Aug 27, 2019 - 12:45pm
GoldenCinderblock:

You don't think cities are killing this planet? Come on, man. This real estate shit is a hustle. Nothing more.

No. Cities are far better for the planet than suburban and rural sprawl is.

Also, "positively impact" doesn't automatically imply environmentalism.

Commercial Real Estate Developer

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Aug 26, 2019 - 6:55pm

I want to scale my PE firm to be as large as possible and then convert it into a self-perpetuating non-profit and get into philanthropy.

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Aug 26, 2019 - 10:46pm

Assuming money is no issue, and I'm completely financially independent, with a couple of hundred $MM liquid.

I'd probably open up a nice shop selling vintage and boutique guitars and amps. Hell, I'd even sell stuff at break-even or small loss, if that meant bigger volume. It'd be like x-mas eve every day for me, along with meeting lots of cool people. I actually did that on a much, much smaller scale during college, and it was the most fun time of my life ( but it's extremely difficult to make a good buck).

Aug 27, 2019 - 4:40pm

Ha, that's actually how I got my start and built my first business around it. Was netting ~$80k+ a year but my focus wasn't on vintage as vintage is stupid saturated.

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Aug 27, 2019 - 12:10pm

I'm about to be one of these next year

heister:

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Aug 29, 2019 - 10:24am

Sorta sorta

heister:

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Aug 27, 2019 - 10:03am

I definitely don't wanna be working. I wanna have enough money to play golf, drink, (insert vices here), gamble, repeat. But then I would probably blow it all so I will need to make more money. So any job that can pay for that.

Aug 27, 2019 - 12:10pm

Sounds like living hell

heister:

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Aug 27, 2019 - 12:43pm
ForrestGump:

I would like to cut grass for my local school, completely free of charge.

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 27, 2019 - 4:53pm

tech entrepreneur/executive and investor first then philanthropist.

would be cool to lead a moonshot division that is funded by the tech companies i create/work for but then oversee a wide mandate, opportunistic fund that invests in both startups and fundamental hedge fund style strategies.

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Aug 28, 2019 - 12:41am

It's hard to tell if I would ever achieve this but I would love to be a teacher at my elementary school but only after retiring. I used to live in Gainesville Florida until the 3rd grade and had the most enjoyable experience growing up there. It's been a long time since I've been there but it's not a densely populated area and the people were always nice.

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:42am
Definetlynotabanker:

It's hard to tell if I would ever achieve this but I would love to be a teacher at my elementary school but only after retiring. I used to live in Gainesville Florida until the 3rd grade and had the most enjoyable experience growing up there. It's been a long time since I've been there but it's not a densely populated area and the people were always nice.

Elementary school teacher sounds like hell to me - too much uncontrollable chaos

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Nov 9, 2020 - 10:45pm

Bruh I lived in Gainesville Florida all my life, it's a sweet town but I 100% assure you after 6 months of quarantine living with my parents I would trade my right testicle to get back to NYC and out of this shithole

Aug 28, 2019 - 11:16am

Be the Zamboni man at my local hockey rink and gas beers all day.

"The problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other peoples money" - Margaret Thatcher
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Aug 28, 2019 - 12:55pm

Manage a hedge while living in the middle of nowhere (but close enough to a small town) in Montana in a luxury cabin home with the wife, kids, and five dogs and every couple of months fly-in to NYC to meet with investors.

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Aug 28, 2019 - 4:55pm
horseeagle:

to make enough money to take care of all the animals on this planet.

Can't the animals take care of themselves?

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Aug 29, 2019 - 8:52pm

How come people glorify running a vineyard? It sounds like a fucking lot of hard work. Like just drink the wine dude.

heister:

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Nov 9, 2020 - 10:51pm

GoldenCinderblock

How come people glorify running a vineyard? It sounds like a fucking lot of hard work. Like just drink the wine dude.

So true. I think the secret is finding people to run it for you and just owning a successful one.Β 

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Aug 29, 2019 - 10:26am
Frybird101:

I'd love to put together firework/pyrotechnic shows

There's a documentary, I think on Netflix, about a Chinese guy who is a fireworks artist. This guy puts on ridiculous fireworks shows. IDK how to find it but look it up if you're into fireworks. It might be on Prime. It also might be a United Airlines exclusive. IDK man figure it out

heister:

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

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Aug 29, 2019 - 4:47am

I think people too often focus on what they want to do rather than who they are working with. I've been lucky to be parts of teams that were awesome, but at my old gig the upper management was bad and, as revenues declined, they got worse, which exacerbated the rev loss and ultimately made me jump ship. Now that I'm independent, I can chose who I work with and am very selective: they have to be smart, humble, and nice people. If they aren't, I refuse to work with them.

Here's the thing: the work I do now is pretty much the same as I did then, but I am much happier because who I work with are of a higher quality. You'd be surprised how bad coworkers/bosses/customers can turn a dream job into a nightmare.

Aug 29, 2019 - 12:18pm

Friends and family real estate investor for an income stream and to keep me occupied. I would like to somehow help/educate high school kids about basic finances. Not sure the best way to do it, but it needs to be addressed so they can at least understand what they are doing when they take on loans, have credit cards, and can dollar-cost-average to be in the upper-middle class.

Sep 4, 2019 - 3:45pm

Look up Junior Achievement.

β€œThe three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
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Aug 29, 2019 - 1:51pm

General debauchery across the world. I'd be like gum on Anthony Bourdain's Desert Ghost Clarks. When I start feeling purposeless, e-commerce platform/infra/roll-up play on 5 -10 small businesses for whatever fragmented industry interest i'm most into at the moment. Start-up a conservation non-profit, but still pay myself a pretty questionable salary. Become a legend at the local bowling alley.

Aug 29, 2019 - 11:28pm

Owning a private island in southeast Asia that doubles a dog shelter. A nice boat that can get me to civilization when I want it, and removed from everything the rest of the time. With a great partner who's in it with me, and kids out elsewhere getting the best education that money can buy so that they can appreciate that life one day too. And a mid-8 digit pot minimum to make it all work comfortably.

Short of that, my own seed / series A fund with a bias against tech, that lets me be a part of building the next generation of consumer products and industrial processes from the ground up / help them get off the ground. Also, own dogs.

Aug 30, 2019 - 9:20am

I don't know how people can be happy in the banking system, pushing others into debt. However, for me, the dream job is to write and vlog all day long, helping people make the best decisions about their finances. After 10 years I have found that it is very hard to increase your income by changing jobs. It's easier to do by lowering your expenses... So, I want to pursue a minimalistic lifestyle and be as frugal as possible.

Aug 30, 2019 - 10:03am

So you don't know shit about how to make money but you want to teach others to do so?
Mr. Money Mustache has you beat on that scarcity mentality bandwagon

heister:

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Aug 30, 2019 - 5:05pm

Some combination of:

  • Involvement in high-level fundraising or investing the endowment of my Alma Mater.

  • Coaching youth sports (highschool or below) and treating it like a full time job, with the salary being completely immaterial.

  • Managing a personal portfolio of real estate.

  • Playing a shit ton of golf and and having my ass parked in season ticket seats as much as possible.

Aug 30, 2019 - 5:28pm

Cannabis connoisseur. Travel to different states/countries to try the best weed and review them.

Check out my blog EjAhead.wordpress.com
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Sep 5, 2019 - 12:42pm

That's not a job dude. Who's out there reading weed reviews? Weed is so good nowadays it doesn't even matter. And why travel? Just have that shit delivered.

heister:

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Sep 5, 2019 - 5:16pm

This guy gets paid to smoke:

Also heard of the cannabis cup? We have a long way to go for cannabis. Right now the market is focused on THC % but has severely understated the entourage effect, terpene profiles, and other cannabinoids. There's also the concept of exotic strains which can only be found in certain geographies. Humboldt has a reputation for the best stuff for good reason!

To each his own of course but if people do it for wine, you can do it for weed :)

I mean look, influencer wasn't a real job and now it's the most cost efficient way for brands to acquire customers. Professional gaming wasn't a real job and now viewership for the League of Legends is nearing the Super Bowl

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Sep 2, 2019 - 2:09pm

Hands-off family office owner and chairman.

A few (2-4) Board Positions in a mix of blue chip companies and non-profits.

Owner and chairman of my favourite football (soccer) team.

Mentoring and early stage investing in selected (and very few) start-ups.

Based in Monte Carlo, working hours would be 10 am - Noon, followed by a home/family lunch, sailing along the Riviera in the afternoons, and dinners in local restaurants.

Sep 3, 2019 - 4:58pm

Hit MD early on and retire at 55. Then go serve on the board of a blue chip or two and teach classes at a large state school.

When life gives you kefir and flour, make some blins.
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Sep 4, 2019 - 10:46am

Wholly-owned holding company with interests in specific industries like cannabis, transportation infrastructure, space and robotics, and military technology, among others. Plus charities/investment vehicles focused on education and social infrastructure in emerging markets.

Sep 4, 2019 - 1:33pm

First of all, I am in love with sport and athletics, so I would love to have a training camp for aspiring athletes.

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Art studio / gallery in NYC with fully staffed front end to promote and sell the art.

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Professional Triathlete.

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Therapy / Recovery Center - for athletes and people seeking to relieve stress.

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Private practice psychiatry services for select clients (I'd need an MD).

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Own an online poker/gambling company (I think it would be easy passive income after setting up).

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Consulting firm:
- small business development (corporate)
- sustainable growth (corporate)
- sustainable energy (lifestyle)

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VC firm

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super rich M&A shop

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

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Sep 6, 2019 - 3:31pm
Invest in Real Estate:

Too bad that'll never happen and you'll be stuck posting here forever

you're probably right - I'll just become a hippie surfer bum trolling Venice Beach and WSO

"If you always put limits on everything you do, physical or anything else, it will spread into your work and into your life. There are no limits. There are only plateaus, and you must not stay there, you must go beyond them." - Bruce Lee

Sep 4, 2019 - 4:05pm

I want to build houses as my own home-builder. I have my license now in Virginia, but need an influx of $2-3 million to build a team and $20-30 million to start acquiring land and acquiring credit lines for building. Whomp waaaaah.

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Sep 5, 2019 - 11:43am

One of my clients is a custom home builder. It seems really fulfilling. He got his start painting water towers in college and made most of his money on government contracts building dams and prison fences and shit. This guy loves houses. He just builds cool ones for people for fun now more or less. His own house has a wine cellar, radiant heating in all the floors (heated by hot water in the floor rather than central hear. although there's HVAC too of course, he has pumps circulating water so that there's hot water at the faucet immediately once you turn it on (the tankless heaters don't do that btw, I had one for a while. still do actually. just don't live there), each floor is separate climate control, crazy movie theater with multi-6-figure sound system and it's insulated so crazy you can't hear anything from another room. He's so into houses, you point at a random object in the house and he'll talk for an hour about it. He'll talk about the nuances in drywall tape. I didn't know they make ovens that cost more than a new BMW, but then do and he has two of them in his kitchen. He doesn't fuck around with houses for his clients either. He does shit super right from the ground up. Overbuilt foundations, industrial-grade rough, it's dope. He has a few massive scrapbooks of photos of all his projects over the years and loves going through them with people. Or with me at least. He must have shown them to me 5 or 6 times now. He either forgets he showed me before or just doesn't care, but goes through them with equal vigor every time.

Are you interested in true custom homes or spec homes? Spec is way easier to start in and you can sell way easier.

heister:

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Sep 5, 2019 - 12:10pm

It's cool that he's really passionate about it. As for me, I hate custom homes as an industry. The rich (or high earners) have endless people willing to build them houses. The middle class, as usual, is screwed over, either by government or market forces. I just have zero interest in custom home-building for another family of lawyers (in my area, if you see 3 custom homes, you can bet at least 2 of those houses have an attorney in it).

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Sep 4, 2019 - 5:07pm

Y'all have some high ambitions. When I worked as a caddy, this was the best advice anyone ever gave me.

"There are lots of ways to make money. Some people sell their souls to work for the devil, others make their money work for them. All I need is a parking lot with a ticker that goes up and down."

For me, I want to get into Venture, apprentice there for a bit, move into a smaller shop with lower AUM, exit a few companies, and own parking lots.

Sep 4, 2019 - 5:33pm
Holdthedoor:

Y'all have some high ambitions. When I worked as a caddy, this was the best advice anyone ever gave me.

"There are lots of ways to make money. Some people sell their souls to work for the devil, others make their money work for them. All I need is a parking lot with a ticker that goes up and down."

For me, I want to get into Venture, apprentice there for a bit, move into a smaller shop with lower AUM, exit a few companies, and own parking lots.

Good business plan so long as you buy the right parking lots. If autonomous cars ultimately win the battle for transportation then only a few well located parking lots will be used and at a very high capacity.

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Sep 4, 2019 - 9:06pm

General partner at either a16z or Sequoia. Basically determine the future of the tech industry, and be a part-time lecturer at the GSB. This would probably be my ideal job. But there is a little more to my dream than just a job.

Pro soccer player for a top euro team.

Sep 8, 2019 - 5:22pm

Originally from St. Louis, MO. Want to startup my own alternative investment management shop back home, grow it to a decent size, and employ deserving people. Ultimately want to give back to the city that gave so much to me while also running the show.

Of course, this isn't purely altruistic. A fair amount of the motivation comes from the desire to tell all people that hated on my ambitions to fuck off.

Sep 9, 2019 - 2:57pm

My own alternative asset management/investment shop. I'm pretty sure I could raise some money given my connections to sports agents.

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Sep 17, 2019 - 12:23am

Set up a not for profit program that helps inner city kids buying new school clothes, general emotional and academic support and teaches them the basics of finance from investing to how to wear a suit and how to speak in a business environment. Just want to die knowing i helped a kid go from a potential drug dealer or murderer to a productive member of society that will one day raise a loving and supportive family.

Sep 18, 2019 - 3:40am

My end goal dream is Popular businessman.

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Sep 20, 2019 - 4:07am

I realized I had naturally fallen into the role for most of my life (community management) and dreamed of working in video games since I was a little boy.

I started doing volunteer community work & then Apknite started paying me to do it. As for how I got the position I am currently in as Community Manager for Minecraft, it was a lot of hard work, taking a huge risk, & thankfully being in the right place at the right time.

Sep 21, 2019 - 7:59pm

Managing my own quant fund or being a pretty important figure at one. With $100M+ Net worth and $1M+ annual income.

Occasionally lecturing at MIT about random math topics that I find interesting while not giving a shit whether other people are interested. Being that big time HF guy at all the big poker tournaments.

Doing all the above til I die at the year 2101, just to say that I lived 3 centuries.

Sep 24, 2019 - 12:36pm

Work for someone else all the while never earning equity despite staying at the same company for 2+ decades. Ill pay some sad sap over at UBS too much to "manage" some WSO Prospective IB LORD Monkey tells me hes been studying econ for roughly 5 weeks and has a sure fire way to determine the next recession. He asks me if I've heard of Michael Burry (pronouncing it Mike Barry), and if I knew that recessions are cyclical. At this point I finally get the motivation to jump off the Golden Gate Bridge, only to survive and live out the next 20 years in the hospital. The kicker? My kids forget I exist and start calling my now-exes HF manager boy toy Daddy.

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:58am

Shooting for the stars here. Quant fund manager. Beach house in my Florida hometown, a Hamptons mansion, all the Italian cars. Maybe teach math / physics / computer science when I retire. Also fund higher education in Florida.

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