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For the Love of Money: A Memoir of Family, Addiction, and a Wall Street Trader's Journey to Redefine Success Paperback – July 11, 2017
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"Beyond a cautionary tale on wealth addiction and the toxic culture of Wall Street, For The Love of Money is also a tender and clear story of the transformation of a soul in search of self and healing. Along with a vivid entry into the world of a hedge fund trader, the reader finds resonance in Sam Polk's excavation of his essential wound and is likewise brought into the bright light of wholeness."--Gregory Boyle, S.J., founder of Homeboy Industries and New York Times bestselling author of Tatoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion
“For the Love of Money is one of the most important memoirs of our time. Sam Polk takes us on a journey through the upper echelons of Wall Street, where money and self-worth are often inseparable. Polk shows how he got swept up in a culture of accumulation, and how he managed to extract himself by making peace with his past. Polk’s humility and unflinching honesty offers us hope for tomorrow, and an account of what truly matters. This is a must read.”--Christina McDowell, author of After Perfect: A Daughter's Memoir
"Riveting. Polk has managed to write a fast-paced thriller, while at the same time exploring the pain underneath our desire for money, power, and success with startling honesty, brilliance, and depth. But perhaps the best part (and there are so many best parts in For the Love of Money), is that Polk’s story is a remarkable blueprint of hope and transformation for what comes after greed. I was blown away."--Geneen Roth, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Women Food and God
"A compelling, mesmerizing, and deeply psychological memoir. Polk’s journey is both courageous and inspirational, and a reminder to all of us that there are pursuits far more fulfilling than the accumulation of material wealth."--Robin Berman, MD Associate Professor of Psychiatry, UCLA author of Permission to Parent
"I read Sam Polk’s For the Love of Money in one night. It’s an engrossing and important book—required reading for the legions of bright, young students who assume that money brings well-being. As Polk shows, the quest for money never ends, and only becomes more urgent. Instead, enduring happiness comes from a career grounded in passion and meaningfulness. As long as you’re happy and have enough to live on, the rest takes care of itself."--Adam Alter New York Times bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink and Associate Professor of Marketing and Psychology, New York University Stern School of Business
"Engrossing....A heartfelt andcautionary success story incorporating both the deceptive promises of wealthand the life-changing power of self-awareness."--Kirkus Reviews
"A journey of self-discovery."--Forbes.com
"Compellingly written...unflinchingly honest...a book that seems, on the surface, to be about finding professional fulfillment, ends up being, at its core, about the inner journey Polk undertakes to redefine success."--Forbes
"Part coming-of-age story, part recovery memoir and part exposé of a rotten, money-drenched Wall Street culture."--Salon
About the Author
- Item Weight : 9.1 ounces
- Paperback : 288 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1476785996
- Product Dimensions : 5.5 x 0.8 x 8.38 inches
- ISBN-13 : 978-1476785998
- Publisher : Scribner; Reprint Edition (July 11, 2017)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #1,301,576 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You should ask yourself, how many people on Wall Street do you hear talking like this? Do you hear ANY? What was made abundantly clear as I read this book was how despite the negative perceptions America has of Wall Street, it still reigns supreme. The amount of courage it takes to write a book this candid and this powerful should NOT be overlooked. And trust me, when you read this book you will see that this is not just some tired, public act of penance. The book pulses with years of intense introspection, and Sam is thoughtful, incisive, and brutally honest in a way you just don't hear men speak like in this day and age. You are left with the impression that Sam truly wants to help others cross the barrier like he did, and not necessarily into anywhere but a more loving, thoughtful, and honest world.
This is a book of self-discovery, and no matter your background, it is about each and every one of our own personal journeys. I highly encourage everyone check it out. It is a wonderful, powerful, cutting book that you will undoubtedly be reaching to for a re-read before you even realize it.
Chapters are short and is a quick read but chapter 32 is where the book really starts to get into the Wall Street type of stuff.
What distinguishes him from Silicon Valley entrepreneurs is that his ambitious streak and toughness were fueled primarily by insecurity and sibling rivalry, which evidenced in a serious deficit in self-discipline during college years, but his powerful desire to rise in the moneyed world remade him into a classic Wall-Street workaholic.Patches of his early twenties read like extracts from David Foster Wallace's biography: AA meetings, rehab, falling desperately in love with Sloane Taylor, mistaking physical intimacy for love, a charmed life for a good life.His deterioration shares the molten core with F.Scott Fitzgerald and his male characters. Wanting to be good, to be kind, to be brave and wise, but money,prestige,booze and sex obstruct the view of the unequivocal good. It is impossible to be selfless when one does not know how to apply self-love consistently. As in a classic morality play, his ability to detect moral contradictions on the Wall Street—Ayn Rand's fantasyland and examine the source of his discomfort and momentary self-hatred gently nudged him in the right direction.
Some lucky individuals have always been on the right path by having and following the right instincts continuously, such as Mark Zuckerberg,Bill Gates and the mathematician Terrence Tao.There is nothing they did at any moment of their early twenties or even whole lifespan that one can significantly outdo. I admire people who never err or whose mistakes cost much less than the likes of Fitzgerald,Wallace and Polk, but it is the latter's willingness to expose their fatal weakness of character that give us a breathtaking view of human redemptive potential— how one can emerge with more courage and compassion from long-drawn battles with self-indulgence,complacency and entrenched addictions. In a way, people who have never fallen through the cracks don't know what tragic dignity tastes like. It tastes like broken rainbow.
The quotes that struck cords with me from the book:
"There was something hollow about the satisfaction of realizing your life finally matches your fantasy. Instead of feeling complete, I felt sad."
"So much of my life had been a reaction to my father. I was sick of living in the past, tired of being angry."