You know you have "made it" when ______

What do you think? What is a sign that you have really succeeded in life? How high have you set the bar for making it?

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Jul 17, 2018 - 6:24pm

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Jul 17, 2018 - 6:29pm

... you no longer check the balance of your bank accounts.

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Jul 17, 2018 - 6:50pm have the ability to do what you want to do.

If you want to buy a 10,000 square foot house in the Hamptons and have 4 sports cars, then you'll need to be rich in order to "make it". However, if you want to be an Olympian, you could "make it" in life without necessarily being rich. Set your goals high, but your goals don't always have to be money-related. All you have to do is reach your goals or put yourself in a position to do what you want to do, and then you've "made it".

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:39pm

Dude I don't know, people are so liberal with the MS for the most uncontroversial shit. I guess everything is controversial these days.


Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.
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Jul 17, 2018 - 7:19pm

The answer to this is absolutely relative. It depends on culture, race, wealth background friend group, expectations, marital status, parental status,etc.
A postal worker in a rural area making $20/hr may feel like they made it when most of their peers are making minimum wage or are on welfare. An over leveraged MD may feel like a failure because he rakes half a mil at a boutique while some in his analyst class he feels he's smarter than rake in millions. A neurosurgeon might feel unaccomplished because she is childless and comes from a cultural or religious background that places a premium on kids. Whereas a poor mother from a rural area might feel accomplished because her only son graduated university as the first gen student of his family.

tl. dr -- it's all relative, and there's no point to compare. Just gotta be the best version of yourself you can be.

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:04pm

This is so hard to focus on when you're surrounded by people of your same background doing 1000x better than you.

Take my advice with a grain of salt, but I'll share something that worked for me. I've always been a "striver", like I suspect the majority of this community. I have also accepted I'll never be completely content. Every achievement leaves me wanting more. So I have in no way cracked the "happiness" code or whatever. This method just helped me visualize my personal achievements and helped me gain some perspective on life when I had different setbacks while my peers seemed to progress unimpeded through life.

1- If you find that not just a couple, but the majority of the people you grew up with (similar background, upbringing etc) are more successful than you, that means that at some point in your life, you've underachieved. Could have been circumstances beyond your control, but some where you messed up. 2- Think of life as a formula 1 race or a marathon. Sure, they've passed you, maybe even lapped you, but focusing on them won't help. You'll just be reminded of how wide the gulf between you is. So the question to ask yourself is the following: where's the closest realistic point in life where you feel you can be at a level you're personally satisfied with? 3- What do you have to change about yourself to get there? 4- Establish a plan and have different milestones or checkups. Could be weeks, could be every three months, could be a year. Any incremental change will make a difference, and eventually you'll get at a point where you'll realize that the gulf between you and your friends isn't that wide anyways. 5- Put it all in perspective. if you're North American, the simple fact you get to live here already makes you more fortunate than the vast majority of the planet.

Anyways, let's say that, like I suspect most people on here, your parents were at upper middle class or at least comfortably middle class. You may have gone to private school or a good public school and made it to either a target, or at least a decent non-target/state school. Maybe you goofed up and graduated with a 2.1 GPA/no internships etc...while your friends are making 6 figures in IB or 60k+ in nice consulting or corp jobs. Your username says you have no jobs or prospects, so you probably feel envious when your mbb or deloitte friend posts an IG story of them traveling for business or something. You've applied to a bunch of similar jobs but know you have no chance.

What if instead, you took that 30k sh*tty sales job & made a plan to hustle and parlay that into an MBA in 5/6 years? Or used that experience to get a F500 job 3/4 years ahead? That'd be a more productive and more efficient way of tackling that "gap" between you and your peers, instead of sitting at home and bemoaning your situation.

tl:dr stop comparing and instead be honest with yourself, establish a roadmap, and come post a glorious humblebrag thread here in 5 years on how you made it to consulting or ib or wtver. I believe in you man, as cheesy as it sounds.

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:30pm

You've made it when you wake up and smile everyday and are thankful for the life you live. And you can do that any day, with any amount of money. There are people who deliver mail for a living that have made it and there are billionaires who have not. And vise versa.

Jul 27, 2018 - 3:20pm

You're missing the point. The subjective nature of this question opens the door for a wide variety of interesting perspectives. He wasn't asking for THE answer- he was simply asking for YOUR answer.

Jul 18, 2018 - 11:10am

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Jul 17, 2018 - 9:57pm

Was expecting way more facetious douchery in this thread...disappointing.

*When you make enough money that people give you props for being humble instead of calling you cheap, when you're being cheap.

*When you have enough office-clout to rock pinstripes without looking like a tryhard.

*When you can show up late to the office, without an elaborate excuse.

*When you start closing your office door to look busy so no one bothers you, when the reality is the Analysts are taking care of all the grunt work and you're just making phone calls and trolling through WSO.

*When you take the corporate card for a spin to get lunch with brokers and can order whatever you want without fear of ever having to explain the clearly unnecessarily expensive wine bottles you ordered.

*When HR knows you have more office-clout than them and becomes more concerned about you liking them than vice-versa.

*When you can say something bizarre and irrelevant and the interns will still nod their heads and vigorously jot it down into their notebooks to try and impress you.

Jul 18, 2018 - 6:25pm

*When you can show up late to the office, without an elaborate excuse.

Ah, I made it! :)

*When you have enough office-clout to rock pinstripes without looking like a tryhard.

Oh, I'll never make it! :/
I have a friend who lives in the country, and it's supposed to be an hour from 42nd Street. A lie! The only thing that's an hour from 42nd Street is 43rd Street!
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Aug 29, 2018 - 1:41am

I'll fucking rock pinstripes whenever I want.

You're god damn right.

'I'm jacked... JACKED TO THE TITS!!'
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Jul 17, 2018 - 10:07pm

For me, it was after I got my final offer during my investment banking internship. I'd left a small town, and I remember looking around Manhattan, still a little dazed that I'd gotten my offer, and thinking about all the times I used to visit the City as a kid and dream about living here. And now I'd made it a reality through sheer work. That, to me, was huge.

I look at a lot of kids stuck at home now and they're struggling, and so for me, "making it" was getting out and being able to carve a path unlike anybody else from my hometown.

Jul 17, 2018 - 10:54pm

Like the honesty

Don't break yourself on the way to making yourself
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Jul 18, 2018 - 7:28am

It's hard to define, there are a lot of factors which would need to combine for me to consider myself to have made it, the minimum being a financially comfortable, happy, and healthy family. But I think that isn't overly hard to achieve.

If we're pushing to what I would dream of - at least an 8 figure net worth, a knighthood, and being an influential figure (in any area, and no, not an influencer on Instagram)

Jul 18, 2018 - 1:59pm

This is it, man. Classic WSO responses, every one obsessing about money, then realizing it doesn't get you as much as you has been promised...

Life is more than dollars
Jul 18, 2018 - 4:41pm

Wait a second...

When I pull a deal off the table, I leave Nagasaki behind
Jul 18, 2018 - 2:36pm

I've made it then!

“I am always saying "Glad to've met you" to somebody I'm not at all glad I met. If you want to stay alive, you have to say that stuff, though.” ― J.D. Salinger, The Catcher in the Rye

Jul 18, 2018 - 9:36am

When you are the incoming CEO of Goldman Sachs who also is a DJ on the side.

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Jul 18, 2018 - 9:39am

When your closet is full of deal sleds and Patagucci vests (branded, or GTFO), your drawer full of Juul pods, and you have the baddest hardess on the street.

Cheer up, Bateman. What's the matter? No shiatsu this morning?
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Jul 25, 2018 - 8:00pm

The family unlimited plan is my personal 2nd amendment. Take it from my cold dead hands.

Yeah, my brother and I are both in well-paying jobs and on my dads plan. We just pay proportionally every month for our usage. Why would I pay Verizon $130 a month instead of $60 a month while also helping my family to pay less?

Just dropping off on your own without an actual reason seems foolish.

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Jul 18, 2018 - 2:03pm

You've made it when you:

  1. Are confident and content with the person you have become, especially when you can see yourself positive traits manifested in others
  2. Have many achievements to look back on due to your hard work and grit
  3. You have a great dog
  4. You have productive hobbies (doesn't include partying) and friends outside of work who make you better
  5. Are financially secure
Life is more than dollars
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Jul 18, 2018 - 3:46pm

You Know You Have "Made It" When ______

You Know You Have "Made It" When ______

you don't have to use this phrase anymore.

"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 18, 2018 - 4:44pm

From Drake's best album, when you know you made it...:

You won't feel me until everybody
Say they love you, but it's not love
And your suit is oxblood
And the girl you fucking hates you
And your friends faded off shots of
What you ordered
Then forget about the game that you on top of
Your famous girlfriend ass keep getting
Thicker than the plot does
And when you forget her, that's when she pop up
And you got a drop but you ride around with the top up
Or get three SUVs for niggas dressed like refugees
And deal with the questions
About all your excessive needs
And you do dinners at French Laundry in Napa Valley
Scallops and glasses of Dolce
That shit right up your alley
You see a girl and you ask about her
Bitches smiling at you, it must be happy hour
They put the cloth across your lap soon as you sat down
It's feeling like you own every place you choose to be at now
Walking through airport security with your hat down
Instead of getting a pat down, they just keep on
Saying that they feel you, nigga
Jul 25, 2018 - 2:51pm

It's always amazing when I read rap lyrics and I realize that I don't have any idea what they are actually saying when i listen to it and i make up half of the lyrics on my own.... terrifying.

Jul 18, 2018 - 5:28pm

Tip all the valet guys 100's when I pull up in my new ferrari.
Half of the cash flow from my rental properties exceeds my annual spending
Don't ever have to look at my bank account when I buy nice clothes or travel
Buying a new car/house for a family member
My dividend portfolio is making 6-7 figures a year

Jul 18, 2018 - 7:24pm

To me, made it is a feeling. It's a certain kind of feeling. Not necessarily about money, fame, or financial. It's a mix of all things.

I've grown up moving a lot due to my dad's job, we're not poor, but there were times of financial insecurity.

I've seen people who have never moved in 3 decades simply because they're uber rich. They own businesses, they control their time, and they know damn well what's coming for them in the future.

My whole life, all I wanted was predictability and stability. And this isn't just about money. It's when you know regardless of what comes in the future, you know damn well you're prepared to take it on. When I feel like the world can't f*ck with me and I can say fuck you to various people, situations - I know I'll have made it.

Jul 19, 2018 - 10:56pm

What do you think? What is a sign that you have really succeeded in life? How high have you set the bar for making it?

Being contented and happy with what you have are the best signs that you have succeeded in life.

Jul 20, 2018 - 12:14am

a lot of it comes down to "being the master of your own kingdom" see Rogan w/ Guy Ritchie

this is one of my favorite JRE clips of all time btw

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Jul 20, 2018 - 1:34am

I have really made it when I can recreate the Pyramids of Giza in the middle of AZ. I am accepting donations right now. I think I need roughly 5 billion more dollars (Math could be off).

You also know you made it when the prince of Nigeria starts emailing you.

Jul 20, 2018 - 1:45pm

It is a relative question. Different people want different things (spending habits, lifestyle, priorities, obligations).

Ideally, it is when you have the liberty to decide what you want to do and when you want to do it.
For example: You want to take two weeks off with your family, do it. Regardless of the budget (can be a trip across the globe or an escape upstate), that level of freedom speaks for itself.

Jul 22, 2018 - 2:35pm

Forbes 400.

"I'm talking about liquid. Rich enough to have your own jet. Rich enough not to waste time. Fifty, a hundred million dollars, buddy. A player. Or nothing. " -GG
Jul 22, 2018 - 8:41pm

All the responses thus far are incorrect. They are signals of the "faux riche" (i.e. wannabe wealthy).

There's only 1 correct answer, and it's the following:

You know you've made it when you are more concerned about hiding your wealth rather than flaunting it.

^ think about it.

Jul 23, 2018 - 12:05pm

You know you made it when you have a cubicle with a door and an extra 1 ft higher glass partition all around.

Jul 23, 2018 - 4:52pm

and a backup fidget spinner


Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.
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Jul 23, 2018 - 4:36pm

Your lifestyle is aligned with your values. All of them.


Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.
Jul 24, 2018 - 5:05am

When on sunday I am actually looking forward to monday

science is organized knowledge - wisdom is organized life. Kant
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Jul 25, 2018 - 7:57pm

Depends on how you gauge success.

I think the general rule would be when you can stop showing up to work tomorrow and be fine financially without cutting obligations and running (much harder with a family than by yourself)

Aug 29, 2018 - 1:14am

I believe that in when someone makes it, they are able to provide a stable life for their children and family, without having the burden of stress they suffered growing up.

More importantly, my definition of making it is looking forward to going to work and kill it in the performance portion of it.

Oh, and not having to work all 7 days for months at a time.

No pain no game.

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:12am

When you have trouble calculating your net worth and so does any accountant you work with.

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Sep 1, 2018 - 10:23am

I want a quarterly olive oil subscription and a monthly dry farm wines subscription. That's when I'll know I've made it. And I will definitely drink all the wine, but I won't go through that much olive oil, so I'll just give bottles away to motherfuckers. Power move.


Look at all these wannabe richies hating on an expensive salad.
Sep 1, 2018 - 9:25pm

When you no longer have to report to anyone...
Dec 29, 2018 - 11:09pm

You've made it when, in theory, you could call someone the N-word on Twitter, unworried about how it will impact your personal finances. By this definition, not even Elon Musk has "made it"--so my definition is predicated upon financial independence and lack of notoriety. In essence, true freedom.


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Jan 1, 2019 - 8:17pm

You know you've made it when... (Originally Posted: 06/15/2011)

You have a controversial, best selling Children's Book take over the New York Times Book Review and you have one Bad Ass Mother Fucker serving as the narrator for the audio book, you have a major hit.

So without further adieu, may I present "Go The Fuck To Sleep", as read by Samuel L. Jackson:

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