Goodbye Gordon Gekko: How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul

Overview

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 ...

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Overview

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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Editorial Reviews

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. (May)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780470619544
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 5/24/2010
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 224
  • Sales rank: 1,433,621
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Anthony Scaramucci is the founder and Managing Partner of SkyBridge Capital, a New York-based alternative investment management com-pany, focused on partnering with emerging managers and seeding and mentoring Wall Street's next generation of entrepreneurs. In the past five years, SkyBridge has seeded emerging hedge fund managers and built a fund of funds business with $4.4 billion in total assets. From 1989 to 1996, Scaramucci was at Goldman Sachs, where he became a vice president in the private wealth management area in 1993. Scaramucci is a member of the Board of Overseers for the School of Arts and Sciences at Tufts University, and a board member of the Lymphoma Foundation, the Brain Tumor Foundation, and the NYC Financial Services Advisory Committee. He was also a technical adviser to Oliver Stone for the movie Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps.

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Table of Contents

Introduction.

Chapter 1 Ambition.

Ego versus The Egomaniac.

Chapter 2 Success and Failure.

Reaching for Excellence.

Chapter 3 Vocation and Meaning.

Let it All Hang Out.

Chapter 4 Capital.

Real Wealth.

Chapter 5 Knowledge.

Lessons from Unlikely Places.

Chapter 6 The Way of the Mentor.

Looking for a Hero.

Chapter 7 Teamwork.

There's No “I” in Team.

Chapter 8 The People That You Meet on the Street.

You Take the Good, You Take the Bad.

Chapter 9 How to Find Your Fortune Without Losing Your Soul.

Further Reading.

Acknowledgments.

About the Author.

Index.

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  • Posted May 7, 2010

    Excellent for Entrepreneurs

    This insightful and enlightening book should be required reading for anyone interested in a career on Wall Street. Scaramucci has been mentored by some of the greatest names in finance and he passes on their knowledge (as well as his own) in a clean, concise writing style that reads like a novel but is as informative as a textbook. Don't miss it. A great read!

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

    Freshman essay

    Experience often doesn't translate into interesting, enlightening, or worthy literature. Harvard Law and CNBC exposure too often have quickened interest only to have it dashed into trash. Take this book back and have it rewritten by a lesser ego - say Donald Trump or Bernie Madoff, in his spare timej.

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