What glamorized career path is actually a complete nightmare?

I have gone to too many job interviews as a college student only to witness rows of unsatisfied employees.

This is very prevalent in banking because too many people work for money. Very few care about capitalism, economics and its value to the world. This was disheartening to me as an employee. Eventually, I looked around the trading floor and could not find a single Managing Director (MD) I aspired to be. Quitting the week after to start my own investment firm turned out to be much better than working a ‘normalized’ career path.

Years later I came across Peter Thiel (businessman) and found he had a similar experience in law.

I did well enough in law school to be hired by a big New York law firm, but it turned out to be a very strange place. From the outside, everybody wanted to get in; and from the inside, everybody wanted to get out.

When I left banking, several co-workers immediately approached me to disclose their exit strategies and learn how I resigned.

When I left the firm, after seven months and three days, my coworkers were surprised. One of them told me that he hadn’t known it was possible to escape from Alcatraz. Now that might sound odd, because all you had to do to escape was walk through the front door and not come back. But people really did find it very hard to leave, because so much of their identity was wrapped up in having won the competitions to get there in the first place.