Not necessarily. What you don't understand is that I have no desire to plan my life months or years into the future. Rather, I would rather throw myself out there (with some planning) and see where the current takes me. I enjoy the ride and am not interested in trying to control the minutiae of my journey.
Moreover, I wouldn't want to live a high stress existence like you do or are accustomed to.
You may have a hard time believing this but your desire to control the uncontrollable elements in your life puts you in the minority. All the money in the world won't buy you the freedom that you need from this.
Yeah, if I had a million dollars I probably wouldn't be here. I'd buy a small modest house and spend my time trying to invent things. This is how I spend my time anyway.
Our perspective on what constitutes success or happiness differs greatly. It's important to note that I don't judge you for your perspective. If you are truly a happy person then enjoy your freedom.
You assume I had time to study. When I decided to go for the MBA the application deadline was near. Since I already had the core classes covered and realized completing the MBA would take at most three semesters, I decided to take the GMAT cold. The worst that could happen is that I would get a terrible score and not get in. The best that could happen was that I would get a great score and get in.
There was absolutely no chance of attending a school outside the state. None. So, given the fact that I was fresh from school and tuition was still cheap (its gone up almost 50% since), it made perfect sense to crank out another three semesters.
So I did.
Were I to take a semester or two off I never would have gone back.
So it was a very logical choice.
See, our paths are much different.
Only an astoundingly negative and myopic person would suggest otherwise.
The MBA will not likely have a positive return for the next three years.
However, in comparison to my peers, it gives me the following:
-some quality people to network with. Yeah, they aren't from Harvard but it's a start
-increases personal brand by increasing credibility
-there is always a higher probability of being hired or being promoted simply because you have one
-these probabilities compound over time
-I am not interested in making a shitload of money, but an income that is continually greater than average and grows at a yearly rate that is greater than average
-I have no other expenses, no children, the debt is manageable
The net present value of the MBA can't just be measured by dollars and cents.
I am not motivated by large purchases, houses, cars, sex, women, large bank accounts.
I am motivated by being consistently better than average over a long period of time.
You have posted here for a long time and you post here often. From your perspective, you were dead set on making a lot of money very quickly and then "retiring". To do whatever you would like, right?
Yet you unwisely use your productive time by posting here, often (and I do, too).
Whites' educational attainment is the second-highest in the country, after Asian Americans'. Overall, nearly one-third of White Americans had a Bachelor's degree, with the educational attainment for whites being higher for those born outside the United States: 37.6% of foreign born, and 29.7% of native born Whites had a college degree. Both figures are above the national average of 27.2%.
Sounds like you are bitter about being a happy member of the lucky 70% that didn't bother getting that sheepskin. So now they are on this forum debating the merits of going to trade school to be a plumber or electrician.
The competition for the trades is brutal, far more brutal than it is for "white collar" positions