On this episode, we interview former hedge fund trader-turned-philanthropist Sam Polk. Sam wrote a New York Times op-ed piece that went viral about his departure from Wall Street. Sam discusses:
To reach the top, you need to be hungry. There is something on the inside that is really motivating you to succeed and keeps wanting to achieve more and more. Having a chip on your shoulder pushes you at all costs to prove your value. Meeting the right mentor at the right time can make a massive impact on your life. You could totally accelerate your entire career by meeting the right person. If someone is totally content and satisfied with what they’re doing with their life, whether making a lot of money or not, it shows on their face.
- His background and upbringing, including struggles with drugs and alcohol
- How he learned to succeed on Wall Street
- How he developed confidence in early adulthood
- Emotional radical honesty and why his article went viral
- Developing his sense of identity in the face of insecurity
- The way Sam developed his social and emotional skills to improve his dating life and meet the woman who became his wife