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Jan 29, 2020

simple, repetitive sequences get me rock hard

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  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 29, 2020

Becoming an investment banker made me cry

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Jan 29, 2020
Prospect in IB-M&A:

Becoming an investment banker made me cry

It was way more mundane than you ever thought possible - right?

"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

  • Prospect in IB-M&A
Jan 29, 2020

The prestige hit me hard , I was able to flex to the other kids on campus

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Funniest
Jan 29, 2020

Ok "prospect"

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Jan 29, 2020

Socialism

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Jan 29, 2020

what a diverse opinion you have there

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Jan 30, 2020

Bernie Sanders gets me rock hard

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Jan 30, 2020

You served gs well

Jan 29, 2020

Money

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Jan 29, 2020

Bitch

Jan 29, 2020
WeWork:

Money

Does more money make you more happy

"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

Jan 30, 2020

Look at the fucking smile on my face! Ear to ear baby!

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Feb 3, 2020

Username fits.

Don't @ me

Jan 29, 2020

A bigger bank account

Most Helpful
Jan 29, 2020

Honestly... money doesn't mean shit to me. It's probably more so the lifestyle. When I had my son, I was super young. I had nothing and all I ever wanted to be was a hot shot trader. I live in CT and when I drive by these houses in Darien and Greenwich, I get envious. I want my son to look at me and be like, damn, my dad is a fucking stud. I mentioned in a different post awhile back and it was in regards to immigrants. My dad came from nothing and now lives in a nice house in Pennsylvania. If I cant do better than him, given the opportunity I had to be raised in this country, I'm nothing but a piece of shit, lazy ass and that's my mentality every day.

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Jan 29, 2020

SB if i could, my exact thoughts

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Jan 30, 2020

SB. Same mentality- my parents are immigrants who came from nothing. My dad was a foster kid and my mom was raised by a single parent. They've got the house paid off, investments and retirement set up, by the time they're 55 they'll have passive income to sustain a lifestyle nicer than how they live.

I was born here, raised by two parents, in a stable house. If I can't improve the family then that's entirely my fault. I'd love to give back to them and get them a nice condo in La Jolla.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

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Jan 30, 2020

Not from an immigrant family, but my parents came from nothing. Granted in 1989 the economy was better, but it's no excuse for me to not try to do better.

Greed is Good!

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Jan 30, 2020

I still can't SB but La Jolla looks amazing for retirement. Being with your significant other in a condo overlooking a beach after years of dedication is very motivational.

Array

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Jan 29, 2020

Das Kapital

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Jan 29, 2020

Gold baby

Jan 30, 2020

When all of my shapes align perfectly in Powerpoint, without me having to enter the vertical or horizontal position.

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Jan 30, 2020

After a ton of planning and preparation as well as doing a ton of work in advance so that you won't be bothered during your PTO, there's nothing like the first sip of beer before getting on your flight to your vacation.

The first sip of beer on Friday after work is pretty great too. Beer makes me happy

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Jan 30, 2020

sex
salt water
drugs
travel

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Jan 30, 2020
thebrofessor:

salt water

Underrated. Just standing in ankle high water and watching the waves crash in front of me brings a bliss like very few other things in life.

"The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary." - Nassim Taleb

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Jan 30, 2020

Could not agree more

Sometimes I pour a bunch of kosher salt (with iodine) into a glass and dump it on myself to simulate.

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  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Jan 30, 2020

I feel like this is actually a really good question. I was kinda disappointed to see a bunch of prospective monkeys coming in here talking about IB clout and money... A real conclusion on what actually makes one happy is so much harder to reach.

As someone who has suffered from both anxiety and depression I have spent a lot of my past two years trying to reach a state of increased happiness. Some of the stuff I did that really helped (along the same vein as general self improvement). I drastically cut back on how much I was going out, cut out all the drugs, started to learn Python for personal growth, started to meditate, actually reflect on what I was doing with my life, and minimize the technology binges (e.g. gaming / tv). Basically all the stuff that made me feel like a giant PoS. I began to read again for the first time in years.

Now, for me its about striking a balance between my interests. Spending time with my gf, working out every other day, spending time coding when I'm not lifting, eating healthy. Obviously work can get in the way of all of these, and it always takes top priority. Doing a good job at work drives a lot of my happiness, and I, like most on this site, feel a need to perform well. None of this is super exciting, but these are the steps I took that drastically changed my daily happiness and perception of myself. I stopped meditating and reading and went back to the more normal shit (Netflix/gaming with the boys), but I feel like I'm doing enough at the moment. Also, when you don't drink and smoke every night it is a lot easier to be productive right out of the gate each morning.

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  • Intern in IB - Gen
Feb 1, 2020

I feel this hard. I've worked through the same sort of shit, but concerned that starting a career in banking will undo all the progress I have made. Any tips for maintaining mental health when moving into a career?

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  • Analyst 1 in Consulting
Feb 2, 2020

So, its REALLY hard in banking. Yes, it is hard in any field, but developing and maintaining a healthy life style is significantly harder when you have roughly 10-20 hours of "free time" per week (IB on most weeks). Most of my internships were in IB and I struggled far more then than I do now working full time in consulting. It is noteworthy that I also accepted an offer that prioritizes a work life balance more than other firms, so that has a played a tremendous role in allowing me to focus on myself.

When I worked in banking I did a couple things that really helped me though. You can always control what you eat. So please, eat healthy, especially when in the office. Save your opportunities to pig out for the weekend. Eating right well minimize the tired post-meal feeling you get and allow you to stay focused and get out of the office as soon as possible. This is especially important for those 9 - 10 PM dinners you eat when you grind.

Second, come in 10-15 minutes early if you can. Just beating out my deal team members allowed me to catch my breath in the morning and get a coffee and warm up a little. This only works when you aren't in the office past say 1-2 AM the night prior, then obviously prioritize sleep.

Banking is hard bc like consulting there is usually a huge drinking culture. So I would say try and pick and choose the nights you go out. It is important to have a close personal relationship with your deal team / other offices, but people won't like you less if you skip out on a few sessions. You don't need to be the guy thats always boozing until 2 am. It is also important to prioritize going out with your real friends over work friends. Don't forget that. I almost always put my friends of 10+ years before my work friends, unless I have already committed to something. On a slightly unrelated note, don't be the fucking asshole that tries to network with everyone internally when you start. This only comes back to bite you, and people will assume you are fake as fuck. Couple analysts that started at the same time of me did this, it did not end well.

When you find yourself sitting around with <30 minutes to yourself waiting on a deck turn or whatever, use that time productively. Call a friend and catch up, just close your eyes and take a deep breath, or try learning something that would better your career. Can you find a quite spot to meditate for a few minutes? The cool thing about meditation is 7 minutes can feel like an hour, and help put things into perspective. However, when you're running on like 4 hours of sleep, the idea of doing so is laughable (at least for me).

Mental health will take a back seat, which is very tough with IB/Consulting. If you find yourself really struggling, you have to make the decision if you work at a firm where people will understand or not. Personally, even though my company claims to be very progressive, I do not share that side of things with anyone. But my decision should not impact yours.

The last tip I have is try and stay organized. I suck at this. I keep a list of all my goals though broken out by 1. Working out 2. Career Goals 3. Social Goals. Having a list of social goals may sound absurd, but if you work a lot and are also putting in a good amount of time toward professional development and staying in shape, you will realize you have prioritized those above maintaining relationships with friends/girls. I never write these down, but I do make a mental note to carve out like 2-3 hours a week to see my friends, and more time for dates/ to spend with a SO. Try to find a balance that works for you.

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Jan 30, 2020

The sweet release of death to take me from this mortal coil

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Jan 30, 2020

I'm only just starting out, I'm far from where I want to be... but making my family proud and being able to support my parents is something that is going to make me happy.

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Jan 30, 2020

* When a photograph I've taken turns out even better than I hoped
* Travel, whether little getaways to just hike/veg at the beach for a day or visiting other countries
* Time with my man/ my family/my friends
* Time by myself
* Sex, weed and live music, together or separate, LOL

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Jan 30, 2020

you've had stoned sex at a gig?

can't decide if that's cool as fuck or very disgusting... can it be both?

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Jan 31, 2020
InfoDominatrix:

* Sex, weed and live music

<3

Jan 30, 2020

Working towards something impactful + good social circle

Jan 30, 2020

Having 10+ years of living expenses saved up in the bank account knowing I can jump off this hamster wheel whenever I please.

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Jan 30, 2020

One thing I've learned is that money definitely doesn't make me happy. If you have enough money to not work, then it begs the question, "What's even the point of this life?" I sometimes think I was happier when I was broke, because at least then, my life had meaning and stakes actually felt high, whereas otherwise it feels like you're winning a game that was rigged to your benefit.

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Feb 4, 2020

Recommend taking some philosophy classes. Philosophers have already developed decent persepctives about this.

  • Subtly bullish -
Jan 30, 2020

Playing with my kid, taking him to class, watching him build Legos.
Spending time with my wife. Dinners with my family.
Gaining financial freedom and watching the assets column grow (and the freedom that buys me).
Researching new technologies and speaking to entrepreneurs about their cool shit.
Spending time in nature.
Getting cardio and weightlifting in.

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Jan 31, 2020

Liberal tears

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Jan 31, 2020

whentheyseeit

Libs when they read my reply

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Jan 31, 2020

Being financially independent and strong enough to deal with negative thoughts.

Jan 31, 2020

when my girlfriend doesn't come over for the night so my other girlfriend can

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Jan 31, 2020

name checks out

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Jan 31, 2020

Golden retrievers

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Jan 31, 2020

Being acknowledged for my hard work at work.
Stable and comfortable lifestyle (nothing crazy but make the mortgage payments and car payments with a decent amount left over)
My fiance and our dogs
Actually being able to use 3 weeks PTO at this job unlike many other jobs I have had
Hiking in the mountains on weekends
Once I stopped the 80hr a week grind and downgraded my career the amount of happiness I reached was exponentially better. I make half of what I made before and am happier for it. I always lived by money buys happiness but after a certain point that stops and I am glad I realized it.

My favorite thing in the world is going to see waterfalls IDK why but walking out above a waterfall is blissful.

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Feb 3, 2020

How much money do you make now? Is it still 6 figures?

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Feb 3, 2020

I went to a lower COL city so it's hard to compare but before I was making pretty good money $150kish-$180k all in before switching to my current job. I took an entry level position making $60k to have some work life balance before a couple of promotes within 3 years and now just under 6 figures. I do some side work that interests me and work independently consulting for small businesses for a couple extra grand but only taking on projects for industries I want to learn more about. All in I can say $60k-$90k low COL city with time to spend with my fiance and other family and take pretty decent vacations is nice.

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Jan 31, 2020

Fuck you money. In the past, I ate humiliation and abuse sandwiches. Next motherfucker that tries it either gets a middle finger or a punch to the throat, depending on the physical distance.

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Feb 3, 2020

how much is fu money?

Array

Jan 31, 2020

tinder

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

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Jan 31, 2020

this is f-ing awesome!

  • Intern in HF - RelVal
Feb 2, 2020

In theory yes but in practicality no. I used a computer app to auto-swipe. I matched too many fatties & girls that I knew but wasn't into. It's a mess now. I have hundreds of matches and unmatching every single one is a pain. Now if we could have an algo that only swiped on hot girls, that would be clutch

Feb 1, 2020

Hope

Feb 2, 2020

Being alone and my dog :)

"It's okay, I'll see you on the other side"

Feb 3, 2020

2 things really do it for me. The first is being around my dog, be it walking, playing, or relaxing on the sofa together. The next is when the 76ers win against good teams or blow out bad teams.

I'm a fun guy. Obviously I love the game of basketball. I mean there's more questions you have to ask me in order for me to tell you about myself. I'm not just gonna give you a whole spill... I mean, I don't even know where you're sitting at

Feb 4, 2020

Silver Bananas on WSO obviously

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Feb 4, 2020

Money and people))

Feb 4, 2020

Learning something new everyday makes me happy!

Feb 4, 2020

Waking up in the morning after drinking enough to kill 5 Elephants and a village with no hangover so you can drink more.

Feb 23, 2020

Learning

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