You know you have "made it" when ______

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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?

#8 top discussion of 2018

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Jul 17, 2018

You don't have a seamless budget

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Jul 17, 2018

buyside offer

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

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Jul 22, 2018

not sure why this answer has monkey shit. funniest & most accurate representation of most people on this site :)

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Dec 29, 2018
Jamie_Diamond:

buyside offer

Jamie Dimon never went buyside in his entire career

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May 30, 2019

Jamie Dimon is a fucking LOSER

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Jul 17, 2018

When you don't have to worry about MONEY

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Jul 18, 2018

Apparently, I had already made it when I was earning $50K per year by that metric.

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Jul 17, 2018

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

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Jul 17, 2018

...you 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".

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Jul 17, 2018

When you reach "Human" status on WSO.

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Dec 30, 2018

Still waiting to see someone with a "The Addict" status...50k+ bananas!

My soul is highly leveraged

Jul 17, 2018

When your car has billionaire doors

edit - why am I getting monkey shit for lol

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Jul 22, 2018

This man is the only reason I watch this show.

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Jul 23, 2018

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

heister:

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

Aug 29, 2018

hilarious...

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Jul 17, 2018

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.

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Jul 17, 2018

/ thread

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Jul 17, 2018

Username checks out

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Jul 18, 2018

Hahaha good catch

Dayman?

Jul 18, 2018

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

Jul 17, 2018
NoJobProspectsInSight:

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.

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Jul 20, 2018

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.

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Jul 27, 2018

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.

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Jul 17, 2018

Theres no universal metric for success. Its entirely subjective. When you've decided you've made it, then you've made it.

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Jul 17, 2018

Yeah I agree I asked to see which way people would determine it (financial, family, career, creative, a mix)

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Jul 27, 2018

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 17, 2018

When you have absolute control over your time.

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Jul 17, 2018

Agreed. When people need money, they sacrifice their time.

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Aug 30, 2018

This. +1

Jul 17, 2018

When you can honestly say you're happy with life

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Jul 17, 2018

When your passive income exceeds your annual spending.

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Jul 17, 2018

YES.

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Jul 18, 2018

Great answer.

Aug 29, 2018

Agree with that...

Dec 30, 2018

Solid

Work hard, work clean, & most of all do not give up.

Jul 17, 2018

when you land that "analyst program" at Tobin and Co

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Jul 17, 2018

What's wrong with Tobin & Co

Jul 18, 2018

I am quoting from Justine Tobin's Linkedin description, 'Sole creator of the renown TOBIN internship program'... And their Analyst program in unpaid, very good WSO meme.

Jul 18, 2018

Hell yeah dude they topped the prestige rankings again this year

Dayman?

Jul 17, 2018

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.

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Jul 18, 2018
REPE God:

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

Ah, I made it! :)

REPE God:

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

Oh, I'll never make it! :/

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Jul 23, 2018

I'll fucking rock pinstripes whenever I want.

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Aug 29, 2018
JohnnyM93:

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

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.

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Jul 17, 2018

Like the honesty

Don't break yourself on the way to making yourself

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Jul 17, 2018

Thanks! Not sure it was quite lofty enough for WSO haha

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Jul 18, 2018

Where are the comments about Davos invites or obituaries in The Economist?

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Jul 18, 2018

you're so rich, you don't care about showing it to other people

Jul 18, 2018

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

When you can continually load up your cart at WholeFoods and not blink twice at the register.

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Jul 18, 2018

When you control your time:

  1. How you spend it
  2. Who you spend it with

For work, that means you control the hours, what you actually do, who you do it with / for. That's called freedom! It's very powerful and makes for a far more enjoyable life.

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Jul 18, 2018

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...

Jul 18, 2018

You are actually paying for your own Netflix account

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Jul 18, 2018

Wait a second...

When I pull a deal off the table, I leave Nagasaki behind

Jul 18, 2018

When people look at you, then your wife, and are confused until they hear about your job

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Jul 18, 2018

When you can be considered a "philanthropist".

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Jul 18, 2018

When you can work from home without asking for permission or giving notice.

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Jul 18, 2018

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

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

Dayman?

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Jul 18, 2018

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.

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Jul 18, 2018

When you have "fuck you" money.

Whats the point of having "fuck you" money if you never say 'fuck you"?

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Jul 18, 2018

When you finally get off your parents' cell phone plan

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Jul 18, 2018

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

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Jul 25, 2018
Cardinal:

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.

Jul 18, 2018

When you wake up your neighbours due to snorting coke between the boobs of the rockstar analyst from USC

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Jul 18, 2018

When you can buy something from the Financial Times "How to spend it"

Jul 18, 2018

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
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Jul 18, 2018

yup

Jul 18, 2018
famejranc:

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

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

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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

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Jul 25, 2018

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

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

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Jul 18, 2018

When your wife was miss "xyz" state, has a 8-9 figure trust fund and went to a semi-target

Array
Jul 18, 2018

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Jul 18, 2018

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.

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Jul 18, 2018

When you can make your parents stop working and shower them like spoilt kids. Giving back without worries is when I think you've made it.

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Jul 19, 2018

You know you've made it when you have people protesting outside your building

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Jul 19, 2018

When you don't even think twice about paying for a brazzers membership

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Jul 19, 2018
famejranc:

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

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 22, 2018

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

When you have a Family Office handle all your affairs

Jul 20, 2018

Some of those people are in quite a bit of disarray from my experience....

Jul 17, 2018

Developing multiple streams of passive and residual income is key

Jul 20, 2018

When your drive and passion becomes natural and not because you are focused on the money

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Jan 5, 2019

This is the best answer.

Jul 20, 2018

When you are rich enough to wear a bow tie and not be called a faggot for it.

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Jul 20, 2018

I grew up on a council estate (family didn't even own our home) and now I own 6 properties

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Jul 20, 2018

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.

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Jul 27, 2018

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 20, 2018

"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."

Thanks.

Jul 20, 2018

You have a house in the Hamptons you forgot about

Jul 22, 2018

Always proud... Never satisfied...

Jul 22, 2018

This thread is equal parts hilarious and anxiety-inducing.

Jul 22, 2018

Forbes 400.

Jul 22, 2018

Being able to provide the best education and upbringing for my kids

Jul 22, 2018

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.

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Jul 23, 2018

I think you never really "make it", everytime you reach a goal you will set your eyes on something bigger.

Jul 23, 2018

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

and a backup fidget spinner

heister:

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

Jul 23, 2018

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

heister:

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

Jul 24, 2018

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

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)

Jul 26, 2018

When you receive your first cold networking email

Jul 27, 2018

When you don't feel any regrets sacrificing incremental $$ for personal happiness

Aug 9, 2018

I wake up every day feeling excited about what I'll do that day.

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Aug 29, 2018

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

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

Aug 30, 2018

Yeah they have a tendency to forget about the watch colleciton

Sep 1, 2018

8-9 figures minimum

Jul 23, 2018

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.

heister:

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

Sep 1, 2018
GoldenCinderblock:

I want a quarterly olive oil subscription ... but I won't go through that much olive oil, so I'll just give bottles away to motherfuckers. Power move.

By that measure, my 86 year old grandma's got it made

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Sep 1, 2018
  • When you can pay someone to do your laundry, wash the dishes, and clean your home 2-3 times a week.
  • When you can leave your waiter/waitress, bartender, Uber/Lyft driver, barber/stylist an insane tip because you really like them as a person.
  • When you stop caring about the value of rewards/points on your credit card.
Sep 1, 2018

When you no longer have to report to anyone...

Dec 28, 2018

when the difference between weekdays and weekends ceases to exist

Dec 29, 2018

I suppose all investment banking analysts have made it, then.

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Dec 29, 2018

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.

Dec 30, 2018

Success is not lying and getting a water cup only to put soda in it!

My soul is highly leveraged

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Dec 30, 2018

Making Forbes List

thots and prayers

Dec 31, 2018

when you don't mind getting fired =D

Jan 1, 2019

When you can marry any Victoria's Secret model you want

Jan 1, 2019

Haha that's awesome!

Jan 1, 2019

eagerly awaits anti-domestic violence best seller Kickabitch

Jan 1, 2019

Great read.

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