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Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul [Kindle Edition]

Anthony Scaramucci
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Book Description

How to live a more productive life by putting a profitable lifestyle ahead of profits

With his standout Wall Street line “Greed is good,” Gordon Gekko became pop culture icon for unrestrained greed. But, while greed might be great for one person–especially when that person is fictional–it’s not so great for good people living in the real world. In Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune and Not Lose Your Soul, Anthony Scaramucci describes how a better understanding of people, capital, and culture can be used to enrich one’s life, financially as well as spiritually. With smart and engaging prose, the book:
•    Discusses how the best manifestations of ambition, entrepreneurship and mentoring can lead to a life that not only fulfills financial obligations, but also leaves a lasting legacy
•    Describes ways in which Americans and American companies can act to avoid the kind of crisis that crippled the country’s economy
•    Details how to build a core set of values to discover wealth on one’s own terms
Given the turmoil in financial markets over the past few years, many people are reevaluating what it means to be “rich.” Goodbye Gordon Gekko shows how it’s possible to be well-off without all the trappings of wealth.



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From Publishers Weekly

The financial meltdown of 2008 was primarily attributed to greed getting the better of common sense on Wall Street, where a house of cards built on irresponsibly risky lending and investing eventually came crashing down. The winner-take-all attitude that exemplified the Street was perfectly personified by Gordon Gekko, the ruthless wrecker of companies from Oliver Stone's 1987 film, Wall Street. Goldman Sachs veteran Scaramucci served as an advisor on the recently-completed sequel and argues that greed leads good people to make systematically worse decisions until they can no longer be called "good" at all. He feels that a desire for money above all else will leave one envious and unhappy regardless of material possessions. True happiness, he believes, can be found by identifying and pursuing your passion and "paying forward" your good fortune. These are popular sentiments as the backlash against materialism burns on, and they are imbued with a certain degree of legitimacy coming from a Wall Street native, but Scaramucci's platitudes often read like they came from a note-sized list of tips bloated into a book. Scaramucci has good intentions, and his advice is sound, but his material is insufficient to make for a truly captivating book.
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‘This book makes a lively read...we are prudently advised to undertake an “annual ambition check-up". (Financial World, September 2010). ‘…an interesting read whether you are inside or outside of the banking arena.' (The Market, October 2010)

Product Details

  • File Size: 477 KB
  • Print Length: 228 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0470619546
  • Publisher: Wiley; 1 edition (April 29, 2010)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003KN3M5E
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #644,863 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now I Know the Answer May 21, 2010
Format:Hardcover
President Bill Clinton, Governor Mitt Romney, Mike Milken, Ken Griffin, Maria Bartiromo, David Faber and General Peter Pace along with so many others, why I asked myself would they attend the SkyBridge Investment Conference this year in Las Vegas Nevada. I knew the answer was not fame, notoriety nor fortune because these men and women have these blessings, they came because of Anthony Scaramucci.

In Scaramucci's book Goodbye Gordon Gekko, Anthony reveals with raw candor life's little secrets in a way that people of all ages and backgrounds can appreciate. He provides a moral compass for Wall Street professionals who can use a friendly reminder of what in life is truly important. Finally you learn why some of the worlds most accomplished people have chosen to spend time in his company.

Great Conference Great Book!

Louis
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
Scaramucci defies the typical modern finance-world stereotype when it comes to Harvard educated, Wall Street king pins while sharing anecdotes, stories and insight which will benefit any reader looking to manifest their inner entrepreneurial spirit. If you take the advice of Welch in "Winning", the lessons of Carnegie's "How To Win Friends and Influence People" and you apply them to a self made, candid author who writes in a universally understood simplistic way...you find yourself with the makings of a playbook on how to win, how to bounce back from a loss, how to foster, build and cultivate relationships and most of all, how to keep the greater good of your own perspective in the process. Really enjoyed the book, and bet you will too.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book, Great Advice May 18, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Quick and fun read. This is a great book especially for this time of uncertainty. Scaramucci offers great advice for both life and business in a fun and upbeat way that anyone can relate to (I particularly like the stories about his Nana). Using his own successes and failures to draw from, he shows how you can succeed in life by doing what's right. I highly recommend Goodbye Gordon Gekko, especially for people in the business world and recent college graduates.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Soap opera of his life January 9, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I was disappointed by this book. Got less than 1/2 way through and was bored, so stopped reading. If you are interested in his life story - then this is for you. As for the meat - there is not much here.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Important Book May 31, 2010
By jo
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Anthony Scaramucci's new book "Goodbye Gorden Gekko....." is not just a fascinating inside look at the psyches of some the people who succeed on Wall Street, and not just easy fun summer reading - although it is both of these. Actually it's an IMPORTANT book - it's a plea and a pathway for all of us to learn how to be both successful and happy and do it with all the right values. As a psychiatrist and as Board Chair of the Center for Social and Emotional Education I've spent my life trying to understand what pushes and pulls us in different directions - and how to give people the tools they need to find their own optimal path. Mr. Scaramucci writes about topics directly related to these core issues - jealousy, self esteem regulation, the balance between teamwork and independence, how to communicate to the people closest to you, the crucial importance of motivation, and good values - like the kind his grandmother taught him (and most of our grandmothers try to teach us). And he writes in a friendly, compelling, funny, self-deprecating way that makes these lessons come alive and makes us laugh - sometimes ruefully and sometimes out loud.
It's a rare book that holds your attention, makes you laugh and still gives you some life changing ideas to take away - this is such a book and you should really read it! George Igel M.D.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An insightful, engaging and fun read May 25, 2010
By A. Vale
Format:Hardcover
Goodbye Gordon Gekko is extremely insightful, engaging and fun to read. Filled with great anecdotes, sage advice and wisdom, Anthony's refreshingly honest account of his life's journey and self reflection was impossible to put down from start to finish. Would recommend to anyone interested in learning more about a career on Wall Street, the hedge fund industry or starting a business and you'll probably learn a little more about yourself as well!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personal and Illuminating May 24, 2010
Format:Hardcover
Goodbye Gordon Gekko offers a number of lessons for financiers and the financially illiterate, for young and old, for the greedy and the charitable. Scaramucci has a story of great success, but also interesting failures. His discussion of the necessity of failure is appealing, especially in that he lays out his own insecurities for all to see. He mentions one particular dinner with a friend, a former colleague from Goldman, who, in an argument with his wife says, "Well, at least I didn't fail like Anthony." You can imagine being at that dinner and the tinge of pain Scaramucci must have felt--and the mortification his friend must have felt immediately after. The book brims with these kinds of revealing vignettes. If you don't know Scaramucci, you'll feel like an old friend by the time you finish. No ghost writer wrote this one. You'll learn new words, like Windexing; you'll learn to avoid the Evyme Flu (and how to pronounce it). You can't miss. Buy this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Intentions from an Apparent Nice Guy May 16, 2011
Format:Hardcover
Scarramuchi comes across as a personable,likeable guy on TV given his tremendous success. Contents of the book belie his apparent good intentions but it is full of platitudes and reads much like another 'self-improvement' book.

Who is he addressing? the novice investor? the college graduate? the uninitiated public? Clearly he is not giving advice to Jack Welch or Robert Rubin.

At age 46 he is expounding on life lessons when his kids haven't yet reached college age.

When a person gives advice, the presumption is that they have the answers.
Perhaps a touch of self-congradulations here.

Would have much rather heard more of his personal life experiences and how they shaped his attitudes and philosophy of life without the sermonizing which pretty much kills it.

When he did discuss his family and his mentors, the stories pretty much explained themselves. His candor made him a much more relatable character. The lessons were pretty much self-evident. His attempts to codify them into allegories of proper behavior and ethics were a little prosaic and redundant.

Stories of Wall Street heroes and villains of course are always interesting and he could have developed that theme a little more.

When a person shares his personal experiences without turning them into parables of wisdom or as examples of 'how to' we get much more insight into their character and motivation. Then, they become much more 'real'AND entertaining.

Like I said earlier, he does seem like a 'nice guy' and I think his book is well-intended but misses the mark. Though not a budding Norman Mailer or Tom Wolfe a pretty good first try here. Judging from the other reviews, most readers seem to like the book. Eugene Wakai
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Published on March 12, 2012 by notreturnbuyerever
4.0 out of 5 stars good easy read
Great book for those persons starting a career. It follows Scaramucci's life and career choices and makes a story of how to face challenges in life that will confront a young... Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by dano
5.0 out of 5 stars A reality check for Wall Street players
For recent B-School gradutes coming to the Wall Street, the book provides much more in-depth advice and guidance than books typically recommended by MBA finance clubs. Read more
Published on August 3, 2011 by Winston Ma, Author of Investing in China - New Opportunities in a Transforming Stock Market
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely Pefect Timing for this Book
I'm going to graduate from DePaul University in Chicago with a Degree in Finance and I cant believe my lucky stars for randomly glimpsing this book on the library shelves while... Read more
Published on April 13, 2011 by Tesh Esfahani
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wall Street Oxymoron " Greed is Good" is finally Debunked by a...
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Published on October 14, 2010 by Raymond A. Cooper
5.0 out of 5 stars Gekko Returns
This is a good book by Anthony Scaramucci who brings real world experience to the average trader.
Published on September 27, 2010 by Craig N. Robinson
4.0 out of 5 stars Likable author and overall a decent book
Overall has some good ideas on how to approach career and life, but does become repetitive. The author doesn't go in into a nitty-gritty of how investment banks and hedge funds... Read more
Published on August 26, 2010 by Supper Nintendo Chalmers
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ethics Textbook for Wall St.
Because his failure is the vehicle by which Scaramucci learns the most about himself over the course of his ongoing career on Wall St. Read more
Published on July 31, 2010 by Michael Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrific insights
Fun read with the kind of insights, anecdotes, and real world experiences that keeps you turning pages. Highly recommended.
Published on July 27, 2010 by Michael A Marubio
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ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI is the Founder and Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital, LLC, a New York-based alternative investment management company focused on partnering with emerging managers and seeding and mentoring Wall Street's next generation of entrepreneurs. Prior to founding SkyBridge, Mr. Scaramucci was a co-founder of Oscar Capital Management, which was sold to Neuberger Berman, LLC in 2001 after building a managed account business and four hedge funds having in aggregate more than $800 million of assets. Upon Neuberger Berman's sale to Lehman Brothers in 2003, he served as a Managing Director in their Investment Management Division. From 1989 to 1996, Mr. Scaramucci was at Goldman Sachs & Co., where in 1993 he became a Vice President in Private Wealth Management. He earned a BA in Economics from Tufts University in 1986 and graduated summa cum laude. He is a member of the Phi Beta Kappa society. He graduated with a J.D. from Harvard Law School in 1989. He is a Board Member of The Lymphoma Foundation and The Brain Tumor Foundation. Mr. Scaramucci is also on the Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University and a member of the NYC Financial Services Advisory Committee.

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