‘Greed‘ is good?


The ‘in’ famous movie quote ‘greed is good’, from fictional movie character ‘Gordon Gekko’ played by Michael Douglas in the movie Wall Street (1987), is one of the most famous movie quotes that still in today’s world has an influence. A reason for the worldwide crisis can be seen in the essence of this quote and can be expressed as all what’s wrong with capitalism by some critics. This blog post will not proceed on the discussion if greed is good or not, but it will focus on a totally different kind of ‘greed’. The greed I am referring to can be best expressed as ‘Academic greed’ versus ‘Social Greed’.

The definition of greed can be explained as an excessive or rapacious desire, especially for wealth or possessions, which can be explained as a selfish desire to have more of something (especially money). As I mentioned before, my blog will not cover this kind of ‘greed’ but it still refers back to the problem of having ‘more’ of something.

In today’s world, academic grades are more important than ever but in consequence, a balanced work (study)-life balance is also becoming more and more important. Today’s new students have a strict deadline to finish their academic study within a short time frame. But as I experienced in my student live, only focusing on your study will not work and in contrast too much social life will also have a bad influence on your grades. This issue is all about setting personal (study) goals and how it will influence decision making. Setting boundaries is an important part of your personal decision making process as it will guide you to the goal you have set. Without a goal or without boundaries (study) life is difficult.


A problem Dutch students often encounter is a lack of focus on their study load which is fed by the ‘culture of mediocrity’, which means that just passing your courses will be more than enough. Off course this culture holds back students and the general feeling of laziness is often associated with students. It is difficult for students to find a match between academic life and social life and with the new experience of freedom of students it becomes even harder to reach your personal goals. Therefor setting boundaries is of a huge importance. I came up with some tips that can help you to find a good balance between your ‘academic greed’ and your ‘social greed’:

–          Define your goals

–          Plan social events around your academic schedule

–          Plan study days

–          When studying don’t get distracted

–          Start studying at the beginning of a course and not at the end before it is too late

–          Set personal deadlines for academic work

–          Plan ‘free time’

From my personal experience finding a balance between social life and academic life is a difficult process but an important one. Have always in mind that decision making is a part of life and without your personal boundaries it will become even harder to reach your goals. And referring back to the ‘greed is good’ quote, having personal ambition will only help in finding your inner self.


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