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Affluence, Insolvency, and Alcohol (with Kirkland Hamill)

Crazy Money with Paul Ollinger

Release Date: 09/01/2020

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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The Psychology of Money (w/ Morgan Housel) show art The Psychology of Money (w/ Morgan Housel)

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

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

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

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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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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. 
 
In his first book, Filthy Beasts, Kirkland tells the story of a youth spent in flux between affluence and the alcoholism that came with the country clubs and yachts of his early childhood, and the deprivation and calamity of the years beyond that. The book is sad but immensely engaging and full of stories that will leave you gobsmacked. For example, because life in his mother’s home was chaotic, he decided he’d attend boarding school at Andover (as one does when they can’t afford milk) and then attend college at Tulane.
 
The whole story makes you wonder what the point of money or status or social standing is if when one can’t — or chooses not to — provide a stable, loving home for their children. It also makes you think, “maybe I should be a bit more empathetic to others" because I have no idea what someone is dealing or has dealt with in their lives. 
 
The good news is that, through Al-Anon and self-determination, Kirkland found himself, his calling, and a stable-adulthood. He currently resides in Baltimore with his husband, Dave, and a dog named Blue. His writing has appeared in Salon, The Advocate, and will likely be appearing in a whole bunch of other places based on the quality and success of this inaugural effort. 
 
Find out more about Kirkland and order the book on his https://kirklandhamill.com/
 
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Crazy Money is 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, Business, Work, Careers, Authors, Books, Consumerism, Values.

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