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Mar 30, 2020

I wake up every morning in a bed that's too small, drive my daughter to a school that's too expensive, and then I go to work to a job for which I get paid too little, but on Pretzel Day? Well, I like Pretzel Day.

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Mar 30, 2020

This makes me smile.

*I thought this was a wholesome comment, then I realized it's just a line from The Office. Still funny though

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Mar 31, 2020

You're wasting your money sending your daughter to a private school, bro.

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Mar 30, 2020

Honestly, I just want to help the economy/society no matter how small the total value I bring to the table. I know that a lot of people who has made some bad decisions in life wished they can redo everything to be in position to add value, so it's a privilege to work imo.

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Mar 31, 2020

That's a nice way to think. I know some people who were in jail in their teens and are very happy to be working/returning to school as an adult. Having the ability to work and return to society must feel more precious, I imagine.

  • Associate 1 in IB - Gen
Mar 31, 2020

How do you think you are helping the economy? Many people would say they think they are just a cog in the wheel, making rich people get richer.

Mar 31, 2020

I work in the fintech space so I believe that various innovations are direct added economic values as it increases efficiency and accessibility for the end-user. I do believe that as long as you're putting in the effort in your work to streamline a project/deal, you're overall generating productivity.

  • Intern in IB-M&A
Mar 30, 2020

I'm just tired of being broke and ugly

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Mar 30, 2020
Intern in IB-M&A:

I'm just tired of being broke and ugly

There are some things you can do about it. There is a company out there designed to fulfill your needs. They have outlined a multi-step plan to success and it is not a pyramid scheme. Learn more about them from their first news release:

"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

Mar 31, 2020

i there supposed to be a link there? Is this part of some pun?

But who's to say what's fair to say and what not to say? Let's ask Dr. Dre
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Mar 31, 2020

I was good at what I was doing but I was always a dog shit employee. Still amazed by the people that went above and beyond knowing they're still going to get paid the same no matter what they did. A big part of me envies people that are content like that tbh. Pizza Fridays or casual Tuesdays pissed me off more than anything.

"Out the garage is how you end up in charge
It's how you end up in penthouses, end up in cars, it's how you
Start off a curb servin', end up a boss"

Mar 31, 2020

Interesting. Is there anything you think would motivate you to put more effort as an employee? Could be from management, HR, or something else.

Also, out of curiosity, why do Pizza Fridays/Casual Tuesdays piss you off?

Mar 31, 2020

See, it's not that I'm lazy. It's just that I don't care. It's a problem of motivation, all right? Now if I work my ass off and my bank ships closes a few more mergers, I don't see another dime; so where's the motivation? And here's something else, I have eight different bosses right now.

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

Previously Malta Monkey

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Mar 31, 2020

Working with smart people and my bonus. I want my company to make my professional life as smooth as possible in terms of ammenities (lunch, dinner, coffee machine, good keyboard and a 49 inch gaming monitor) and then pay out everything in excess of that in bonuses. I don't need company sponsored events, merch or other things.

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  • Investment Manager in AM - Equities
Mar 31, 2020

The pursuit of Financial Indepence

Apr 2, 2020

r/fatfire

WSO's COO (Chief Operating Orangutan) | My Linkedin

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Mar 31, 2020

Nothing motivates me more than intelligent discussion with similarly passionate people.

Some people hate deep analysis and discussions and just wanted skip to the cherry on top, but they are missing out the sundae, the fudge and the sprinkles. And that's just a shame

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Mar 31, 2020

There is truly nothing more rewarding in the world to me than analysing the difference of deferred taxes under IFRS vs. GAAP.....

Vincet Voluntas - Will shall win

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Apr 1, 2020

I thought my credit manager was the only one

Mar 31, 2020

The thought of obtaining unwavering freedom and security.

Mar 31, 2020

I wanna make bank, bro. I want to get ass. And I wanna drive a Range Rover.

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Mar 31, 2020

My base salary gets me to my desk everyday. My potential bonus gets me to do work.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Restr
Apr 2, 2020

Facts

Mar 31, 2020

Honestly it's one of the only things in life I enjoy

Most Helpful
Mar 31, 2020

I have done my best work with co-workers and colleagues that are 1) nice people, plain and simple, 2) motivated, bright and effective, and 3) allow one to ask rudimentary questions and occasionally sound dumb. Sometimes you just need a safe space to ask a basic question and not be judged for it.
I think being really comfortable in a group where there is mutual respect and some levitymakes you highly motivated, which in turns creates productivity.
When you work in stifling environments of silence and robotic working-without-a-break-sound-or-human-contact all day, every day, or with people that make you feel stupid, disregard your input, minimize you and make you uncomfortable to ask a question, it's so unmotivating. You begin to not care, to just "give up."
Being productive includes taking breaks - the brain works better when you "rest" intermittently. That's why we get out best ideas or breakthrough epiphanies in the shower, driving, falling asleep. I love to work really hard, and be challenged to the point of fear, yet have the backstop of good colleagues.

Also - a clean, newer workspace where I can be organized and have a modicum of privacy makes me far more productive

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Apr 1, 2020

this is such a great and relatable response

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Mar 31, 2020

I never go above and beyond. Talent makes me productive.

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Mar 31, 2020

I used to hear rich people refer to money as "just a way to keep score". I never understood that because I was broke at the time...

But as you get older and begin to make more money, you realize that there is a real game to be played. No one needs hundreds millions of dollars, but what is exciting is putting your money to work and realizing that you were "right" (i.e. seeing an investment double). It's also fairly rewarding to have "control" over situations---Imagine throwing money at a court case to make it go away. No matter how small, it feels good. (But settling for large sums, is not good. Once again, a game...)

Playing the game and playing in the markets motivates me to work every day. Saving money to buy a house, then buying the house, then leveraging that equity for my next play is what makes life, and business, fun.

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Apr 2, 2020

Well put on the comment.

Guesa i believe the same as you.

Mar 31, 2020

Not closing any deals for 12 months straight scares the living fuck out of me.

Apr 1, 2020

Among a couple of factors, a huge one is competition. Me wanting to accomplish more than my peers (colleagues, friends, family) internally and externally, drives me to be more productive. Money and wealth is probably highly correlated.

And you can still have this attitude while being collaborative and not acting like an asshole.

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Apr 5, 2020

Yes, in a way you're merely competing against yourself, what you desire for yourself and whether you get there.

Apr 6, 2020

Competing against yourself is important - I've seen internal competition as a point of pride where people absolutely ignore the fact that most business that affects your bottom line is internal

Apr 1, 2020

In my case, learning how businesses operate and finding ways to improve their bottom line or work more efficiently is what drives me. I was never a good enough scientist/engineer that was destined to create a product that advances society or even creates a want that people will buy. What I am good at is understanding financial issues and quantifying what it means from a reporting perspective to help teams make decisions and hopefully serve their customers better.

I also enjoy interacting with people that are passionate about whatever they're doing, which is why my end goal is to be a CFO of a company whose corporate mission is something I believe in as well. Even though I wouldn't be that scientist that cures cancer or makes commercial space exploration a reality, helping a company stay financially stable so they can achieve their mission makes me feel like I'm positively contributing to society, even if the contribution is indirect. The wanting to be the CFO bit is partly an ego thing but mostly serves as a good indicator that I'm one of the best at what I do, which is always a great feeling.

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Apr 2, 2020

wow this is like a sample interview answer. haha. I screenshotted it to prep for my upcoming interviews. seriously.

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Apr 5, 2020
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