The half-truths, omissions, and outright lies about floating through law school.

Every Dream Has a Price

Thursday, December 30, 2004

Bud Fox: How much is enough?
Gordon Gekko: It's not a question of enough, pal. It's a zero sum game, somebody wins, somebody loses. Money itself isn't lost or made, it's simply transferred from one perception to another.

A lot of my AnonymousFriends like to sit around shoot the shit and discuss how they don't want to be the lawyer being told what to do, they want to be the decision-maker, calling the shots, captaining the ship, raping and pillaging or whatever it is they think that CEOs or business owners or whathaveyou do. These are of course my LawAnonymousFriends, who are tolerable up to a point but due to geographic convinience I must endure their delusions of grandeur.

Of course they never think about the downside. For every winner, there is a loser. That's just how business works. For every Warren Buffett there are a lot of guys in middle management who tried being Warren Buffett and lost the farm. For every Michael Dell there are plenty of similarly amibitious college drop outs who are living in trailers hoping one of their six children develops a fastball so they don't have to work at a Wal-Mart late in life. For every Sumner Redstone there are dozens, hundreds, thousands [he's been at it a long time at age 85] who got fired somewhere along the way to he could be Sumner Redstone, 85 year old billionaire. For every success story there is a fucker somewhere who is not sleeping very well because he owes people a lot of money and knows will never pay it back.

So everyone wants to be Gordon Gekko and no one thinks they are going to be the guy who gets fired when Gordon Gekko comes roaring to the gates of their company. Some of us know what we are good at. I am never going to be Gordon Gekko but I am not going to be chewed up and spat out. Of course should I have male offspring, they are learning to throw a fastball left-handed. Because hey, you never know.


At 11:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Give it up. You suck.

At 8:59 PM, Blogger ALS said...

"At 8:18 PM, Anonymous said...
Give it up. You suck."

So says you.


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