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In memory of Paul’s dad (William Ollinger)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Release Date: 08/12/2020

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Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Guy Raz is the host and co-creator of the smash NPR program, How I Built This and author of a new book by the same name. On the show, Guy provides entrepreneurs a platform to share their company’s origin stories and the trials and tribulations involved in getting their companies off the ground. In the new book, Guy goes deeper, reflecting on all he’s learned about what makes founders click.

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Net fulfillment v. Net worth (with Bill Perkins) show art Net fulfillment v. Net worth (with Bill Perkins)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Would you consider yourself a success if you died with $1 million? How about $10 million? Well, what if you died with $0.00?

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Affluence, Insolvency, and Alcohol (with Kirkland Hamill) show art Affluence, Insolvency, and Alcohol (with Kirkland Hamill)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Kirkland Hamill’s grandfather was very rich. His mother and father raised him and his brothers in grand fashion until Grandpa's death exposed major cracks in the family fortune. When his dad left his mom, she took Kirkland and his brothers to Bermuda where they attended a prestigious school, but never knew how they were going to pay for groceries.

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Happiness is Making a Living with Your Hands (with Ken Rusk) show art Happiness is Making a Living with Your Hands (with Ken Rusk)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Ken Rusk has made a very good living by working with his hands. A true-life, self-described “ditch-digger,” Ken is an entrepreneur who has over 200 people working on his team. In his new book, Blue Collar Cash: Love Your Work, Secure Your Future, and Find Happiness for Life, Ken advocates an alternative career path to anyone who doesn’t believe “college + white collar job” is the route for them.

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More Choice Makes Us More Miserable (with Barry Schwartz) show art More Choice Makes Us More Miserable (with Barry Schwartz)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Barry Schwartz is the author of several books, including Why We Work and The Paradox of Choice. I spoke to Barry about his findings in these two important books.

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Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

My dad died peacefully at his home last Friday. He left this world with a clear conscience while napping in his favorite recliner and surrounded by loved ones. He was 93 years old.

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Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Chris Hogan is a retirement planning expert and popular financial media personality. A former college football player who once worked as a bill collector, Chris has seen the pain economic mismanagement can wreak on a family. Since 2005, he has worked with personal finance legend, Dave Ramsey to fulfill his goal of helping people achieve financial autonomy. Chris has helped millions not just understand retirement, investing and building wealth, but to put in place plans to achieve their goals.

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The Economics of Comedy (with Kyle Kinane) show art The Economics of Comedy (with Kyle Kinane)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

One of the things artists have to learn to do is manage their money and to structure their lives so that they’re doing the kind of work they WANT to do instead of doing work they HAVE to do just to pay the bills. Kyle Kinane shares insights into his comedy career and spending habits that have kept him solvent during the quarantine. While many artists are scrambling to earn while clubs are closed, Kyle maintains his creative freedom and sense of calm, partially because he never bought a Porsche.

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Are our markets really free? (With Denise Hearn) show art Are our markets really free? (With Denise Hearn)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Are you an airline that dominates all the flights at a particular airport? Are you a global beer conglomerate that controls half the beer brands on the planet? Or, are you a gloomy corporate type that owns half the funeral parlors in America? If so, then YOU might be an oligopolist.

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A fun (and sometimes funny) conversation about frugality? Heck yes, friends, because this is Crazy Money!

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My dad died peacefully at his home last Friday. He left this world with a clear conscience while napping in his favorite recliner and surrounded by loved ones. He was 93 years old.
 
If you’re looking for guidance on how to lead a good life, Dad was a pretty good example. In this interview from 2019, we discuss work, money, saving, and family, but all these are really just a coded way to answer the question, “what is most important in your life?” For Dad, it was faith, family, and security, which meant always putting himself second while providing everything his family needed and forgoing most discretional material acquisitions. 
 
Dad eschewed luxury, living simply and well within his means. Eminently frugal and practical, he had few wants other than to be faithful, useful and kind. While a devout Catholic, he also demonstrated traits of the most practiced Stoics and Buddhists. He wanted little, maintained self-control and practiced moderation in both consumption and emotion. He enjoyed whatever beer was on sale, and kept it Arctic cold.
 
Most importantly, with my dad, it was never “about him.” He had a strong sense of self, but didn’t take himself too seriously. He was genuinely interested in others, listening way more than he talked, and then only to say something nice or to make a corny joke at his own expense. And he always, without fail, conducted himself as the consummate gentleman. 
 
As a kid growing up in his relatively austere home, I longed for more stuff. More toys. Nicer furniture, and air conditioning. (Dear Lord, Dad, it’s July in the south - please, more air conditioning!) But as an adult with plenty of A/C, I want to be more like him. While I am still plenty ambitious and motivated, I want to be more detached from the results. I want to do things for the right reasons. I want to listen to others instead of the chorus of voices in the back of my head telling me all the things I should be doing instead (Now! Today!). And I want the kind of serenity that comes from knowing who you are and what matters in life. 
 
With all the talk about privilege these days, I hear almost no one talking about the privilege of great parenting. Well I had it and it’s one I’m going to do my best to pass onto my kids.
 

Find out more about Crazy Money and Paul Ollinger on his website and/or follow him on the socials: 

• Twitter: http://Twitter.com/Paul_Ollinger

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• LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/paulollinger/

Produced and edited by Mike Carano

Topics addressed on Crazy Money include: Philosophy, Happiness, Contentment, Meaning, Success, Rat Race, Buddhism, Stoicism, The hedonic treadmill, Mid-Life Crisis, authors, books, consumerism, materialism, values.