We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
People who value money are not the successes on Wall Street or in finance. The real successes are the people who don't value money. Yes, the money-grubbers and the money-counters and money-hoarders are necessary and often do OK and buy nice cars and have money for retirement and second and third homes, but I think the real successes on Wall Street are the ones who want to build things and to make things happen, build businesses, try new ideas, take big risks, fail a few times, and can say 'the heck with my money.' I think that is success on Wall Street. The builders and the dice-rollers who aren't into money and just like to do things.
A patient of mine, a retired Wall Streeter, who has gone back to work to raise a hedge fund with a friend for which the company profits will go towards starting small businesses in Africa and Haiti. Retirement did not suit him.