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:
At some point, money has diminishing returns. Other things become more important. Too much of anything gets redundant and unfulfilling. Giving back and helping others, while not profitable, makes you very happy. Having an impact on other’s lives creates a lot of satisfaction.
- Sam’s thought process before leaving Wall Street
- Does Sam believe there are bad people on Wall Street?
- How Wall Street is like addiction, and the idea of wealth addiction
- The new investment fund he’s creating and how it will change the world
- How numbing your emotional pain from childhood can affect your life as an adult
- Groceryships, Sam’s non-profit that’s tackling hunger by providing a scholarship for groceries and nutrition, shopping, and cooking education