what's your actual dream job?

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if pay, status, work life balance, benefits etc didn't matter... what would you be doing?

i always have wanted to work on racecars.. if it wasn't for my inability to dedicate the time to theory and the math, i'd be happy figuring out the perfect air fuel ratios for TRC cars somewhere in the world lol.

also, would have a huge animal rescue.

landed in finance... maybe one day i'll get back on grid.

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Jul 16, 2020

I would put more time into guitar and become a touring musician. As well as pursue interests in other art and creative fields.

But I also believe you can do any job you want as long as you're comfortable with the lifestyle it offers you

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Jul 16, 2020

Finally! A kid who wants to be a rock star!

Jul 16, 2020

I heard the CEO of the New York Philharmonic give a speech a while ago and her job might be the most realistic dream job of mine. I love the arts, and her role deals with not just the symphony but also with other fine arts around the world. She gets to travel for concert tours, listen to talented musicians, meet famous artists... and she also gets paid a very comfortable amount for it.

My other dream job would be owning a vineyard/winery in France or Italy. The views, the wine, the culture, amazing

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Jul 16, 2020

CEO of WSO, you get paid lots of money for sitting on your ass all day doing nothing other than banning people's accounts

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Jul 16, 2020

can I be the Intern?

Jul 17, 2020

I was actually friends (virtually) with the old WSO intern, that guy's posts were absolutely fucking horriffic, hopefully he learned a thing or two from my mentorship.

Jul 16, 2020

Formula 1 and Rally car driver. Doing both would be a dream. I'm too big and haven't devoted my life to driving- kinda late in the game for me unfortunately. Still plan on eventually buying a WRX and upgrading it to do hill climbs, but nothing professional

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

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Jul 16, 2020

3 for $100? With the murdered out rims?

Thursday Lines anyone?

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Jul 16, 2020

you beat me to it! one of the best accounts on ig. although 3 for $100 definitely does not exist in the current economy

Jul 21, 2020

"Murdered out rims"

You're an 80s baby.

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Jul 16, 2020

Being the GM of an NBA team is the dream. Putting together a team including a coach that fits together financially and on the court sounds like an amazing challenge. Being the one responsible for finding players whose different playing styles mesh well together and making sure all the players fit the coaching style. I really hope I get to do this one day.

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Jul 16, 2020

Same man!

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Jul 19, 2020

Yes, please lawd. I was a D1 coach before going to REPE, have been trying to network my way into a position ever since.

NBA teams are similar to IB in that from the GMs that I've talked to each intern or entry level role has 3000+ applications, and that's to get on the ground floor where even M7 will get beat out by the 5000 collegiate athletes that aren't good enough to go pro so they try FO. On top of that you have to hope that you are latched onto a top FO because if you get unlucky and they clean out a FO and you haven't made a name for yourself, it's back to square one.

Jul 16, 2020

Rancher out in Wyoming or Montana

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Jul 16, 2020

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

(also this question gets asked like every 6 months)

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Jul 16, 2020

Other than entrepreneurship or the typical musician/athlete?

Probably General Manager of an NBA or NFL team. Or hip-hop record executive.

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Jul 16, 2020

visual arts educator. illustrator.

tragically the US has successfully killed arts education (more or less). so this is a dream that will never happen.

Jul 16, 2020

Pornstar but the videos are never uploaded online and the girls never have aids

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Jul 17, 2020

So a fantasy job? nice

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Jul 16, 2020

My dream job would be an HR position at an investment bank. My ego would go through the roof.

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Jul 17, 2020

good to see you define yourself by your job

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Jul 16, 2020

renowned comedian

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Jul 17, 2020

make me laugh, I've had a long week

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Jul 16, 2020

Ever since I was a kid I've dreamed of having no social life, working 100hr weeks, and editing powerpoints all day every day just to brag to my friends who work in nonprofits that they wasted their time in college and got a terrible job. Does their job pay for their Uber home at 2am?? See, non-profits suck. Dream job is definitely IB analyst at biggest sweatshop, think Moelis/Evercore/Child labor camps in China

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Jul 16, 2020

Engineering/design/construction for skiing and hiking trails. Definitely see this as a retirement job in the future.

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Jul 16, 2020

moving dirt is uniquely satisfying

Jul 17, 2020

I look forward to doing landscaping at my parent's place each year. It's oddly very relaxing for me

Jul 21, 2020

Absolutely the dream. Opening up a trail building company that operates throughout North America. Hiking/Surveying new locations, getting paid to go camping - that's living for me

Jul 21, 2020

Yeah, i'm involved with some local volunteer trail crews right now and it's a great experience. Definitely a passion industry though, i'm sure it's crazy hard to actually go in the black with a trail building company.

Jul 16, 2020

Painter, director of cinematography, travelling worldwide seeking new fine arts pieces

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Jul 16, 2020

I've had the fun experience to meet a Russian oligarch. This Russian dude has his own private golf course somewhere near Moscow. Every time he required golf classes he would fly his Italian golf tutor from Firenze straight to Moscow in his private jet---cool job!

Jul 16, 2020

Except you have to kiss Putin's ass every now and then

Financial Data Science

Jul 16, 2020

I was talking about the golf pro ;)

Jul 19, 2020

LOL, I swear Russian Oligarchs are very talented in finding ways to spend their money.

Jul 16, 2020

dream job would easily be a photographer/journalist for a travel magazine, or running a YouTube channel centered around travel. imagine making your living by visiting and documenting exotic locations around the world and engaging in all these different cultures and traditions. and on top of that the photography/writing would be an unreal creative outlet. honestly once I have the means I might start a travel vlog or something

Jul 16, 2020

High school math teacher

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Jul 16, 2020

Wuhan wet food market hygiene specialist

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Jul 16, 2020

become a pilot

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Jul 16, 2020

Fly fishing guide

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Jul 16, 2020

Park ranger

Jul 16, 2020

pro rugby player - ideally on super rugby circuit and would play for the good ol' red white and blue during Olympic season for 7's. man do I miss it

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Jul 16, 2020

My college is known for sending alot of players to the national team. Its crazy how in shape they are despite all the beer they drink.

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Jul 16, 2020

yeah bro that's the secret!! honestly i think it's our own form of carb loading lol

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Jul 16, 2020

Friend of mine left McKinsey to be an author-illustrator-teacher. It sounded silly at the time, but he's now fairly well known and widely followed JK Rowlings-style author. And his students adore him.

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Jul 21, 2020

hey! is it ok if i PM you about your friend's experience? that is actually something that i've legitimately been trying to work towards. it's one of my dream jobs since i was a kid and i've started finally being able to work towards it now that i have the money to spend on decent art education and art supplies.

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Jul 16, 2020

Something with pyrotechnics. Can't wait to retire and have super cool Fourth of July fireworks shows and stuff.

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Jul 16, 2020

Not as cool as an F1 driver but being a Professor sounds cool. If you're at a good university you get paid a lot, work little, and meet a lot of interesting people.

Jul 17, 2020

was thinking that, especially for a higher level class where upperclassmen are actually interested instead of a boring weed out class

Jul 16, 2020

Rolling Stones tour manager

Jul 17, 2020

The job responsibilities overlap 99% with those for a pimp and pusher

Jul 17, 2020

Well, I'd also like to be an "exotic dancer" so I'm figuring there's some overlap in skillset.

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Jul 16, 2020

senator

Jul 17, 2020

Judge on chopped

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Jul 17, 2020

i would love to be ski patrol or even a liftie at some epic ski resort in the alps

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Jul 17, 2020

YESSSS. This is a good one. Courchevel peut-etre.

Jul 17, 2020

Art collector and dealer

Jul 17, 2020

I mean my two biggest passions are cinema and video games. So I would love to be a writer or a director for movies, tv shows, and of course video games. Was thinking of becoming a video game developer a couple years back, took comp sci and physics courses in high school but found the actual work that goes into making video games very mundane (coding is boring in general in my opinion). I found finance way more interesting and I enjoy financial modelling to a degree (there are obviously some tedious work in modelling as well but I enjoy the work for the most part) so here we are. Although I have no actual professional experience in either field.

Jul 17, 2020

ski patrol out west is definitely on the list

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Jul 17, 2020

Anthony Bourdain's job before he off'd himself

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Jul 17, 2020
  • snowboard bum or pro skateboarder on the west coast
  • professional marksmen
  • whatever Jason Bourne is
Jul 17, 2020

fighter pilot or brain surgeon

Jul 17, 2020

long only global equity fund manager

i just dont know if I'd be good at it lmao

edit: the dream would be retiring star fund manager - you still have input in the decision making and positions of the fund but u also have a bunch of money AND TIME to spend on charitable activities etc.

Jul 17, 2020

Guys like Peter Lynch are super cool but the medium term environment isn't exactly good for long only active equities

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Jul 17, 2020

popular music critic
econ professor but I don't know if I have the abilities to come up with worthwhile research haha. would be nice helping out students however
but it's not like I necessarily want to do either of those over finance/trading tho

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Jul 17, 2020

Anthony Fantano?

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Jul 17, 2020

Established cartel leader

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Jul 21, 2020

You really want people trying to kill you all the time?

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Jul 22, 2020

I'd have more people killing for me than people trying to kill me. Also, based on Narcos, most go out with honorable deaths in action packed scenes. Could be worse

Jul 17, 2020

In no particular order, I've been intereted in the following things:

Food:
* Cheesemonger/producer
* High-end butcher
* Restaurateur (have a friend that went to the Culinary Institute of America, we bounce a couple ideas around every so often)

Finance:
* Retirement counselor/financial literacy for highschoolers/community
* Infrastructure/real assets investment team at a pension fund for a cause I believe in (region or service members, etc.)
* idk why but I've felt like doing something with Vanguard/Fidelity would be great, I get they're just large asset managers that aren't cutting edge or anything, but I like their missions of providing low cost investments to as many people as possible

Political service (scumbag realistically):
* Congressman serving on a cool committee (e.g.: Foreign Affairs, Homeland Security, Intelligence, Transportation and Infrastructure)
* Something at the UN (ECOSOC maybe)
* Geopolitical strategy analyst (State Dept, CIA, etc.)

Random:
* College professor
* Urban planner and/or architect

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Jul 17, 2020

being a DJ easily. going to every sick place around the world and making fire music. unreal lifestyle and I want it

Jul 17, 2020

Start a small brewpub

Jul 17, 2020

Big time eSports gamer. Never had the time to dedicate enough time to gaming, but being paid to play my favourite video games would be pretty cool.

If not that, then I do have a soft spot for the third sector. Being Chairman of something like the Bill Gates Foundation (but ideally with my own money) or equivalent would be amazing as I can see people's lives improve from the actions that I take.

Jul 17, 2020

Real Estate...development, film and building. I love buildings and I love architcture and I love showing them off in films. (used to do it in college)

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Jul 17, 2020

Female Body Inspector

Jul 20, 2020

nice FBI agent

Jul 17, 2020

Philanthropist with a multi decamillion to billion dollar or more budget.

Brain scientist - more specifically a brain computer interaction researcher or cognition researcher.

Head of a moonshot factory at a tech company ala Alphabet's X division.

Founder of a fund / my own family office that invests in any and all asset classes seeking mostly really niche or obscure plays.

Record producer but without any genre restrictions - complete creative freedom.

Smart city urban designer and developer

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Jul 19, 2020
princepieman:

Philanthropist

always sunny

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Jul 18, 2020

some sort of rural foresty architect

Jul 18, 2020

genius billionaire playboy philanthropist

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Jul 18, 2020

Heli / Cat-Ski guide or Ski Patroller

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Jul 18, 2020

Either a piano or violin soloist. Maybe a conductor/music director for an orchestra.

Jul 18, 2020

Open a tiki hut in Hawaii and become a beach bum

Jul 18, 2020

After hearing about it in another thread I guess Brazzers Corp-Dev is kinda the only way forward.

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Jul 19, 2020

big time activist investor - telling greedy CEO's to fuck off sounds like a fun way to spend the day

Jul 19, 2020

College football booster (with game day field passes and beers) and social impact investor (girls secondary education in the developing world). My job would be as Chairman of the Board with a competent executive team in a stable business that I co-founded.

Jul 22, 2020
odog808:

social impact investor (girls secondary education in the developing world).

I could definitely see myself getting behind that cause, if you know what I mean

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Jul 19, 2020

Front office of an MLB or NFL team. Business side (CFO) or management side. GM would be the dream of dreams.

Jul 19, 2020

Someone like Toto Wolff or GM of some NBA team

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Jul 19, 2020

Basketball Coach or GM, two very different roles, but I feel I'd enjoy both. I'd continue in coaching if the pay wasn't absolute garbage. Like starting out is painful, and on top of that there is so much luck that goes along with everything working out and the team you support being successful.

I'm in my MBA, and I've talked to a bunch of GMs/Assistant GMs and my hope is that if I don't continue in REPE or capital markets that my basketball network comes through and I get hired by Sam Presti lol

Jul 19, 2020

Pro poker player - surprised no one has mentioned this yet

Jul 19, 2020

yeah especially with the amount of posts devoted to that in this forum usually

Jul 20, 2020

I'd be an entertainer

Jul 20, 2020

Spend my time making super luxury watch like Maximilian Busser of MB&F. I always wear watches growing up, why not make them?

Jul 20, 2020

My "dream jobs" have changes quite a bit over the years, but as it now stands, maybe any of the following:
-Lighthouse operator who lives in his little lighthouse-house on the northern coast of New England
-Firewatcher in a national park
-Steel worker or coal miner like 50 years ago so I can understand how fucking great it was, according to my relatives, many of whom never actually even worked in the mines but still act like it was the best thing ever

Jul 20, 2020
Nightman Cometh:

-Lighthouse operator who lives in his little lighthouse-house on the northern coast of New England

did you watch that black and white movie with Robert Pattinson and Willem Dafoe where Dafoe jerks off in a lighthouse and they go crazy

Jul 21, 2020

no but that sounds lit

Jul 20, 2020

Chef......but maybe also family office cuz I shape my personality around finance and have no big dreams

Jul 21, 2020

Surfer. Just me, my board, some gnar barrels, and my sea turtle buddies all day every day.

"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"

Jul 21, 2020

I would like to be a deputy, but I guess it's realistic ...

Jul 21, 2020

During a job interview they asked me where I saw myself in 25-30 year and I said POTUS.

So POTUS.

Jul 21, 2020

BTW got an offer right after the interview was finished.

Jul 21, 2020

how many years ago was that

Jul 21, 2020

fast cars / snowboard / triathlon / poker / 420

"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

Jul 21, 2020

2 things though:

1 - I don't really like competing in snowboard events anymore and just enjoy freeriding

2 - I have a love and hate relationship with poker, especially with clueless people in the depths of stupidity

"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

Jul 21, 2020
hazardpolicy:

also, would have a huge animal rescue.

+1 on an animal rescue - not to sound cliche but I love big exotic cats - I think they are cool given the right amount of room to live and feel free.

"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

Jul 21, 2020

If I had a slush fund in the order of tens of millions, I'd open up a vintage and rare instruments store in the heart of some entertainment city (LA, Nashville, NYC, etc.).

Probably not a very profitable business. But it'd be like x-mas every day, opening up and trying new stuff.

And you'd meet a ton of interesting people. These shops tend to attract top-shelf musicians.

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Jul 21, 2020

I always thought being a US ambassador would be an interesting post. That said, I know very little about it other than perception gained from general media sources. Anyone have any knowledge or experience about it?

Jul 21, 2020
23mich:

I always thought being a US ambassador would be an interesting post. That said, I know very little about it other than perception gained from general media sources. Anyone have any knowledge or experience about it?

My mentor in college was the US ambassador to the Court of St. James. He had a pretty good story to the leadup of the Good Friday agreement. He went to Harvard Law school and his daughter got her JD/MBA there. Smart family. Extremely nice and smart and well connected.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Good_Friday_Agreement
He also served on the boards of several companies, including Morgan Stanley.

"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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Jul 21, 2020

Without giving too much away, one of my relatives worked in the State Dept and came into contact with the ambassadors regularly. Depending on the relative importance of the country and the US's relation with them, it can be a very cushy job.

Jul 21, 2020

Kibbutznik horse trainer

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Jul 21, 2020

Whatever job Dan Bilzerian has.

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Jul 22, 2020
VolatilitySmile:

Whatever job Dan Bilzerian has.

He gets to hang around Haley Grice, so I'm definitely jealous of that.

He claims to be a high stakes poker player netting $50 million dollars, but I think he got like $100 mil from his dad and lost and spent $50 million, leaving him with $50 left to blow on guns, planes, and cars.

"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

Jul 22, 2020

A professional boxer - started boxing as a kid and still do it now, just not professionally. Had a 39-0 amateur record and had been selected to join the Olympics team back when I was a younger.

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Jul 22, 2020

I think this would be a fun job too, but I don't have the best boxer nose or teeth. They seem susceptible to damage. Maybe teeth not so much in boxing (just muay thai), but nose definitely could be fucked up if a pro boxer.

"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

Jul 22, 2020
Lion99:

A professional boxer - started boxing as a kid and still do it now, just not professionally. Had a 39-0 amateur record and had been selected to join the Olympics team back when I was a younger.

dude 39-0 is really legit - so you're Golden Gloves then or equivalent. Depending on your age, you could probably still go back in and compete. I have trained with pro boxers - some are older but still have that solid technique. You never lose that golden technique. You could still have a chance to go pro, but it would probably just be smaller fights for a few grand unless you took off. But, if you want to take off, definitely plan for it and train like a mofo.

"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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Jul 22, 2020

I'm a lot better at Muay Thai than strict boxing. I find boxing to be incredibly strict and technical. I can get away with a whole lot more BS in Muay Thai than boxing. Also, I hate getting hit by hooks on the jaw in boxing and in Muay Thai they seem to be more visible. But really my legs are the real weapons and hands are just a distraction. I do quite like boxing on the inside though. My inside game is sharp and endless - I can go literally forever on hard body hooks.

"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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Jul 22, 2020

NBA Bench Rider

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Jul 22, 2020

Owning a boutique coffee & tea brewery, shop, and farm, in a hipster part of some mid-size city (Savannah GA, Portland Maine, etc)

Jul 22, 2020

This would be a nice life.

"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

Jul 22, 2020

I like taking good photographs of hot chicks or runway models. Would be a legit dream job. I only really find 10-20 chicks to be hot in the world right now though, so wouldn't like to photograph most.

I would definitely take photos of Kylie or Kendall. I like Kendall's body type better actually. She is a pretty standard runway model type. I don't like runway models too tall though, 5'11" is the highest I would date. Anything taller would be just for the photos.

When I meet Ms. Right though, she better be damn near a model. If shes gonna be around me all the time, I want some hot photos. Yes, I am very superficial. Pride and vanity snap at my spirituality.

"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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Jul 22, 2020

Jesus christ buddy you better look like Brad Pitt

Jul 22, 2020

Planting trees, its kind of like stock investing without the downside risk

Jul 22, 2020

Professor at a rich college with nerdy kids. You get paid to just talk about things you're passionate about while also convincing impressionable students that the thing you're interested in is actually really cool.

Not to get too sappy, but I also think it's awesome to inspire people into pursuing their own dreams and giving them the tools and knowledge to achieve them. Being a high school teacher at a school with high achieving but underprivileged kids would be incredibly fulfilling....but fuck there's no money in that.

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