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Motivation to get through IB

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    Hey guys,

    Just landed an IB role and let's face it (I couldn't say it in interview) but like most people I'm only doing this for the cash bcos there isn't any joy in sitting in front of excel for 18 hours a day with a bunch of shallow *******s that just want to step on you to get their next armani suit. Any tips from anyone on how to survive the daily grind? Need to do this so that I can get out of this game by my mid thirties

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    So...you're sacrificing 10 years of your life, in order to make enough money to sacrifice the rest of your life? Or did you not think it was funny that it is only a small group of IB bankers that retire at 30? You realise that the system is likely to catch you out because your lack of motivation WILL reflect in your results?

    I don't know, happiness is a funny thing. I hope this works for you, but I have a feeling it won't make you as happy in the long term as you think it will.
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    (Original post by xTazx)
    So...you're sacrificing 10 years of your life, in order to make enough money to sacrifice the rest of your life? Or did you not think it was funny that it is only a small group of IB bankers that retire at 30? You realise that the system is likely to catch you out because your lack of motivation WILL reflect in your results?

    I don't know, happiness is a funny thing. I hope this works for you, but I have a feeling it won't make you as happy in the long term as you think it will.
    Yeah well I figured like this-there are no good options. I can either work a job I hate and not get paid or I can work a job I hate and get paid. 90% of people work a job they hate and don't get paid well-so at least I'm not in that position. This is life-it's tough!
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    (Original post by silver9)
    Yeah well I figured like this-there are no good options. I can either work a job I hate and not get paid or I can work a job I hate and get paid. 90% of people work a job they hate and don't get paid well-so at least I'm not in that position. This is life-it's tough!
    i think your motivation should be earning as much money as you can before you are able to retire and enjoy the rest of your life in whatever way you want. the alternative is doing a poor job, getting sacked or not much money out of it, hating it and working a lot... and wondering where your life went wrong.
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    Try and break into another area of IB that you find to be more dynamic and interesting. Since you've already secured one type of IB job, switching roles should be hard but certainly not impossible.
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    (Original post by Bellissima)
    i think your motivation should be earning as much money as you can before you are able to retire and enjoy the rest of your life in whatever way you want. the alternative is doing a poor job, getting sacked or not much money out of it, hating it and working a lot... and wondering where your life went wrong.
    you are just sad. you know they say, you work to live, not live to work.
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    (Original post by wazzup)
    you are just sad. you know they say, you work to live, not live to work.
    how am i sad? i gave him advice based on what he wants to get out of his life. that does not mean i agree with his idea of a good life.

    also, why is it sad if people enjoy working/want to work hard to get money? for some people that is living and it's what drives them through life. it's not sad, people are INDIVIDUAL and DIFFERENT.
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    (Original post by wazzup)
    you are just sad. you know they say, you work to live, not live to work.
    who are you to judge? You know the government are raising the pension age to 70? why the **** would anyone want to be grafting at that age. Whilst retiring at 30 is unrealistic, retiring at 45-50 is more then realistic.

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