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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About 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.
Table of Contents
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.
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.
About the Author.
What People are Saying About This
Scaramucci's book is a truly insightful read. It introduces us to a moral compass on Wall Streetfinding riches by direction of a true north as opposed to insidious Gekko-style greed. (Josh Brolin, Academy Award® Nominee; Actor, Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps; Active Trader)
Anthony Scaramucci is a unique combination of great entrepreneur and savvy Wall Streeter. His perspective on all things business is invaluable and here for all to read. (David Faber, Anchor, CNBC)
With extraordinary honesty, grace, clarity, humor, insight, and emotional intelligence, Anthony Scaramucci here masterfully delivers timeless and priceless wisdom and wit that will ennoble and energize parents and children, teachers and students, coaches and athletes, bosses and workers, not to mention all three branches of government. (David M. Darst, CFA, Managing Director and Chief Investment Strategist,Morgan Stanley Smith Barney)
There is only one Anthony Scaramucci and only the Mooch could have been so entertaining, insightful, and honest while sharing his life with us. Thank you, Anthony, and continue to make a difference. (Bobby Valentine, Former Major League Baseball Manager, New York Mets)
A fun, easy read, with sage advice. Scaramucci is a player, looking under the rocks of corruption in our financial capital, and he survives as an honest soul. (Oliver Stone, Three time Academy Award® Winner; Director, Wall Street and Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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!
I don't know quite what to make of this book. I was expecting something about a re-make of morals on Wall Street. but that isn't exactly what I got. The author worked for Goldman Sachs at one time and this book struck me as a very long apology for all the misdeeds that have caused the current financial crisis. He also seemed to be trying to dispel the notion that all bankers are issued horns and pitchforks their first day on the job. Honestly, I'm not that convinced. What this book did extremely well was lay bare the corporate culture of Goldman - just as I suspected, they follow a very military boot camp type model and people who make it through are Goldman people for life (in the vein of once a Marine always a Marine). This explains a great deal of why and how Goldman was treated during the banking crisis. The inside peek was enlightening and I have to admit, the author, Scaramucci, was one of the most likable authors I've ever read. Still, it will take more than a little philanthropy to white wash the Gordon Gekkos of the corporate world - the true goodbye will be a long time in coming. Recommended for anyone who wants a more lighthearted read about the current business environment.
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.