Hi all, Was pondering a hypothetical situation, and wondering if I could get a few objective opinions: Take Jack. 29. Fairly successful in a non-finance field. $200k for an easy (albeit dull) 40 hour week. Passionate about the markets. Until now, decisions have been easy, but has come to a fork in the road... Path A - with solid credentials, foresight and intelligent marketing, he is confident he could earn a place on a top-tier MBA course (e.g. Harvord, Stanford...). Entry fall 09, exit age 32. Opportunity cost, $500k. Goal being to break into private equity or venture capital, and eventually make partner. Path B - he knows a successful self-starter fund-manager, who will informally coach him. He can rearrange his schedule to leave two weekdays/week free to daytrade. He can consistenly save %40 of his income. Goal being to emulate the mentor's success, eventually start his own fund, and steadily grow it to 9-figures. Which would be the more interesting, compelling and/or likely route?