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For the Love of Money
The New York Times ^ | January 18, 2014 | SAM POLK

Posted on 01/20/2014 1:48:06 PM PST by Hojczyk

IN my last year on Wall Street my bonus was $3.6 million — and I was angry because it wasn’t big enough. I was 30 years old, had no children to raise, no debts to pay, no philanthropic goal in mind. I wanted more money for exactly the same reason an alcoholic needs another drink: I was addicted.

IT was a miracle I’d made it to Wall Street at all. While I was competitive and ambitious — a wrestler at Columbia University — I was also a daily drinker and pot smoker and a regular user of cocaine, Ritalin and ecstasy. I had a propensity for self-destruction that had resulted in my getting suspended from Columbia for burglary, arrested twice and fired from an Internet company for fistfighting. I learned about rage from my dad, too.

I was lucky. My experience with drugs and alcohol allowed me to recognize my pursuit of wealth as an addiction. The years of work I did with my counselor helped me heal the parts of myself that felt damaged and inadequate, so that I had enough of a core sense of self to walk away.

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1 posted on 01/20/2014 1:48:06 PM PST by Hojczyk
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To: Hojczyk

All I heard was a child screaming “waaaaaaaaaah!”.


2 posted on 01/20/2014 2:15:37 PM PST by snowrip (Liberal? You are a socialist idiot with no rational argument.)
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To: Hojczyk

Sam, sounds me like you’ll always be miserable ... because no matter where you go, you’ll be there.


3 posted on 01/20/2014 2:34:38 PM PST by tx_eggman (Liberalism is only possible in that moment when a man chooses Barabas over Christ.)
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To: Hojczyk

Oh for Christ’s sake Sam, just go hang yourself and let us get on with our lives.


4 posted on 01/20/2014 3:10:13 PM PST by technically right
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To: Hojczyk

Pennies from Heaven (1936)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6F7868EF70179AB5


5 posted on 01/20/2014 6:14:42 PM PST by familyop (We Baby Boomers are croaking in an avalanche of corruption smelled around the planet.)
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