The short answer to that is, I have a totally long-term mindset, which is why I always prioritized learning and growing my individual capabilities.
I believe if you are most concerned about how to grow your individual capabilities, you will find yourself surrounded by people and a working culture that allow you to excel.
We are often trained to take jobs/accept university invitations because of short-term boosts in prestige or money. But in planning for long-term success, I always took the opportunities that would best prepare me and improve my capabilities.
That meant choosing University of Pennsylvania (where Wharton is the best undergraduate business school), when I wanted to hone in business skills, over Stanford or Yale (which are ranked higher on several umbrella lists). It also meant choosing a smaller, growing entrepreneurial firm to start my career over a big bank.
And guess what? By thinking long-term and always prioritizing learning and building up my own capabilities for future success, I was able to achieve success much quicker than those who think short-term and opted for traditional roles.
I encourage all parents and anyone reading this to remember that the best investment is in yourself and your abilities. In your unwavering pursuit of developing your own abilities for long-term financial freedom, you will achieve success even early on!