The inclination of some of you people to move to Manhattan and get a job is based on several fallacies. The main one is that you are particularly gifted.But suppose I were to not remove, but simply cut down by 99% the chance that you will do anything exceptional? A rational analysis will show that you can work much less, and have a better lifestyle, taking almost any other path.Suppose I were to point to a starving artist, and say that will be you? You are getting into finance for one reason: money. But you are lacking statistics both on yourself, and the real-world of experience of people in your position. How your individual gifts and flaws will interact with the state of any business at a particular moment would be unknown even if you had broad general statistics. But you do not have these broad statistics. And the statistics you have, you have nothing to compare to. What if a smart person started out as a manager of McDonalds? What if a smart person worked as a ski instructor? Why not admit the possibility that your imagined gifts could carry you even further starting out anywhere? There is only a small proportion of quant types in the Forbes richest. Maybe retail is a smarter choice.So here is what you do. Move to LA and become a hustler, a porn promoter, a mortgage-assistance applicant, a street-team manager, and a part investor in a restaurant. Then apply for all types of grants, and live in a college neighborhood so you can keep screwing college girls for cheap.Then when tax time comes, you will not be a W2 employee so you can lie and say I didn't make any money. You will work maybe 8 or 10 hours a week instead of 70, and your mind will be your own. You will be free and have fun and do the things people do. And if you think that sounds hard to succeed at, then admit you are taking the safe and easy path because your low qualifications and life skills.