Having it All

What happens when you have it all?

I recently conducted some research on top executives. At first I was met with stuffy corporate pictures and long descriptions, but as I dove deeper into my research more, I uncovered a trend across the board for all the executives; which was that they all had one hell of an education.

Almost all of them had at least one bachelor’s degree, coupled with a masters. This wasn’t that much of a surprise with top-level executives, but some also had multiple bachelor’s degrees and multiple masters as well. And on top of that, some even went on to receive a degree in law and/or a doctorate. As to be expected, they achieved all these prestigious degrees at impressive schools; Harvard, John Hopkins, Cornell, and the like. It seems that if you want to be a top-level executive, you have to have the money and the drive to push your education to the max. This made me wonder; is that the price of having it all?

I can’t image how many years some of these people were in school for, but I’ll tell you one thing, it’s paying off. Most of these executives were making anywhere from $500,000 to $2 million a year. I guess spending the majority of your youth in school is worth it financially, but is it really?

What are these people giving up to achieve these degrees and then these careers?

Did they let someone get away? Did they pass up other great opportunities? Were they not able to enjoy their friends and family as much? Ironically I ask, what did they give up to have it all, and was it worth it? I would like to know.

I don’t have a fancy degree from a prestigious college and I may never get that masters degree that I’ve always thought about pursuing, but what am I getting in return? Maybe it’s the chance to enjoy my life and those who are in it. I’m doing fairly well for a 23-year-old, I have a career in an up-and-coming technology company, doing work in my field of study. But no matter how good I have it job-wise, I always dream of more. Should I get another degree? Should I change jobs in a few years or stay and climb the ladder? Should I live and work in different city? But then I wonder, if I accomplish any of these things, am I going to feel fulfilled, or just the same way I do now?

This isn't a Harvard degree, but let's see what I can do with it regardless.

I guess it’s not a bad thing to always strive for more instead of settling, but it’s hard to accept the fact that I will never be content. I want to believe that I can be.

I can only keep trying to find a career that makes me truly satisfied. At such a young age, I feel like there is a long, exciting road ahead of me, and that I want to do so much in the next 10 years. Although I may never have multiple degrees or hold an executive-level position that certainly doesn’t mean that I won’t have it all.

One thought to “Having it All”

  1. Interesting post Lindsay, I’d never thought about it like that. It’s funny, my boss(es) all have masters in their field of work also. I do think that a masters or PhD from a prestigious school is WAY more than just a fancy plaque (the alumni network is probably the most useful resource) but it’s certainly not everything. As Dale Carnegie said, 85% of your success is dependent on your ability to facilitate people, rather than your technical skill. That’s a little hard to teach in the classroom, something you have to develop on your own. Great post, keep up the good work! Remember, Chico is the Harvard of the West!

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