Has your career brought you the financial rewards you hoped for or expected?

Fun starts at 200k netnet I’d propose. 

once I was at that level the savings just went up - I didn’t actually spend any more. That was probably the case from around half that number if you’re talking net. 

Expectations change over time, but if you told 16 year old me I'd be where I am now, he'd be pretty amazed tbh.  Happy with that.

I thought id live in a bigger house to be fair.

The issue was going to my uncles 5 bedroom stylish house off Clapham Common in the nineties which they bought as 2 creatives and thinking if i had a "suity"  job  i'd easily be able to live here too. They now go for £2.5m+ and I can't afford one.

But i am aware I am fortunate that i have been able to buy full stop. 

The financial reward my career has given me is a lot of choices, and, self sufficiency, which is what i wanted and am happy with. 

 

No not really, got into banking for the dolla but was too late to get senior before the music stopped in 08. Given how low down I started in the profession, I've made something reasonable out of it I guess. 

being a 'creative' in London in the 90s must have been great. Making whimsical, innuendo filled ads for Lynx/Durex/any beer all day before heading out to Camden in the evening to get smashed and retiring to your 5 bed townhouse in Clapham or Notting Hill. 

I suppose, but I think I underestimated just how expensive having a family was, especially off one income.

I don't reckon I have any more cash in my pocket at the end of the month than when I was an NQ, despite earning many multiples of that now.

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Expectations change over time, but if you told 16 year old me I'd be where I am now, he'd be pretty amazed tbh

were u skinny and not a bitter bigot back then, then?

Surprised Davos hasn’t been on talking about the multiple properties he absolutely definitely owns

were u skinny and not a bitter bigot back then, then?
 

Yeah I was skinny as.  But nowhere near as fit then as I am now.

Were you bald at that age or did you morph into a slaphead gradually?

No.  But they're still quite acceptable.

I've realised people like me don't get to where I thought I'd be.  And tbh I'm not sure if that's where I want to be anyway.

I make more than I ever expected to, 

 

I don’t have the lifestyle I imagined I would have earning this much, 

  • So much weaknese in wallet on here.
  • I dread to even fathom the related weakness in mind, body, and spirit.
  • The flesh unwilling, the spirit even more so, the mind simply incapable.

I earn a lot more than I would have in my other career choices.  
A lot more stress on the other hand.