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More Choice Makes Us More Miserable (with Barry Schwartz)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Release Date: 08/18/2020

Family Fortune & Misfortune (w/ Janny Scott) show art Family Fortune & Misfortune (w/ Janny Scott)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Janny Scott grew up on an 800-acre estate near Philadelphia. The descendant of railroad barons and financial magnates, Janny tracks the effects of her family’s multi-generational wealth in her book, The Beneficiary: Fortune, Misfortune, and the Story of My Father. In the book, she lays the details of both the opulence and the tragic complications of her family’s vast resources. While things appeared perfect from the outside, alcoholism, suicide, divorce, and idleness derailed many of her relations.

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Kathy Wang grew up in Northern California and graduated from UC Berkeley and Harvard Business School. After working in the technology field for four years, she quit her job and wrote her first novel, Family Trust, which is the story of the Huangs, a first-generation Chinese-American family. With their father dying and his second wife waiting, the adult kids are wondering what will become of their father’s estate.

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Morgan Housel is the author of the new book, The Psychology of Money: Timeless Lessons on Wealth, Greed, and Happiness. Success with investing and maintaining wealth is less about quantitative skill than it is about consistency and self-awareness. As the back cover of his new best-seller reads, “Doing well with money isn’t necessarily about what you know. It’s about how you behave. And behavior is hard to teach, even to really smart people."

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With eight Olympic medals (two of them gold), Apolo Ohno is America’s most decorated winter Olympian. He won his first major speed skating title (the US Championships) at the tender age of 14, after only six months of training. He continued on to a career that played a major role in establishing short-track speed-skating in the 2002, 2006, and 2010 Winter Games. 

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As early Microsoft employees, Jennifer and her future-husband, David Risher, made millions from their stock options in the quickly growing company.

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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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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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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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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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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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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. 
 
Why is it that the harder we work and the more affluent we become, the more depressed we get? Prevailing social wisdom is that more is better, and that more choices should yield more satisfaction, but that is not the case at all. More choice not only overwhelms us, it raises our expectations and makes us doubt our decision-making. Too much choice doesn’t just not make us happier, it increases our anxiety and makes us less happy. 
 
Could it be, even in our freedom loving country, that we have gotten too much of a good thing? That we would actually benefit from some guardrails in our lives? I’m sure there are those who would argue against it, but Barry’s research and conclusions here are quite persuasive. 
 
Barry Schwartz taught psychology at Swarthmore College for 45 years and is now Visiting Professor of Management at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business. He holds an M.A. and a Ph.D. from Univeristy of Pennsylvania, and a B.S. from New York University. His TED Talks on the topics of work, choice, and wisdom have been viewed over 20 million times. 
 

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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, and Values.