Her ex-husband changed his mind at the last minute. He wasn’t going to let their daughter spend the weekend with her friends after all. Instead, they were going to bond. When she asked him why, he said the girl needed to spend more time with her father.
“We’ve been neglecting our family values,” he said. Of course, my friend’s ex wound up not spending any time with his daughter at all. He took his new girlfriend to an indoor fun park, and she tagged along. Eventually, his daughter disappeared. …
Money ain’t everything, not having it is.
— Kanye West
If you’re looking for a true story about a self-made millionaire, look at Levi Strauss. He’s the guy who invented bluejeans.
You’ve heard the saying, “Don’t mine for gold when you can sell the shovels.” He practically invented the idea, except he sold tents and work pants — along with blankets and other goods. He ran his company out of San Francisco, the gold rush hub of America. (In some ways, it still is.)
Eventually he lucked into a partnership with a tailor named Davis Jacobs, who had an idea…
“The highest form of knowledge… is empathy, for it requires us to suspend our egos and live in another’s world. It requires profound purpose larger than the self kind of understanding.” — Bill Bullard
Imagine an asset you own is plunging in value because people are voicing concern about its carbon footprint, including the world’s richest and arguably smartest man (according to some). Your first thought isn’t to carefully research its environmental impact.
It’s to “buy the dip.”
Later you hear a coworker’s house burned down, so you donate to their GoFundMe page. You pat yourself on the back.
We’re “free,” so we’re told. But as Keanu Reeves says near the end of John Wick II with a sarcastic snarl, “Am I?”
Maybe I’d feel better about the late stages of the pandemic if we’d actually gotten through it together as one world.
We devolved into factions.
The first thing some of us did was stampede for toilet paper and hand sanitizer. Then we politicized everything we could.
Our leaders lied to us and equivocated on basic safety protocols, while secretly selling their stocks. Billionaires watched their fortunes grow while their own workers suffered and died. Our…
There’s a scene from the movie Bad Moms where Amy (Mila Kunis) tells her boss over an impromptu conference call that she’s not coming to another one of his pointless meetings where he describes sexually inappropriate dreams in order to cajole her into more work. (He wants her to start selling his organic coffee to hotels and airports!) She makes him look like a fool in front of his entire staff. It’s a vindicating moment for working parents like me, because up until then Amy’s been, well, dealing with a lot of bullshit. She’s running half the company and putting…
Movie villains aren’t supposed to make sense. We learned this decades ago when Dr. Evil insisted on having sharks with laser beams fastened to their heads, while his son Scott pleaded, “Just let me shoot them,” to which Dr. Evil replies, “You just don’t get it, do you? You don’t.”
Well, I think I get it…
Villains don’t have to make sense in real life, either. They do what they do simply to amass wealth and power.
They also crave attention.
So while everyone else is speculating about why on earth Elon Musk decided to spend his free time planning…
They accused me of stealing.
That’s how my first minimum wage job ended. I was 15 years old. In my state, stores could hire you if your parents signed a waiver. I couldn’t wait to get out into the real world and start earning my own money.
Customers treated me like garbage.
They barged into the break room and gave us orders. They followed us to the bathroom asking us to lead them to obscure items like a bloodhound. (Telling them which aisle wasn’t good enough.) If middle-aged men weren’t ogling me at checkout, they were cat-calling me stupid.
She wouldn’t stop complimenting me.
It felt weird.
We were at one of those hotel bars, drinking overpriced bourbon. Within five minutes she told me how much she loved my hair, and my shirt. She told me how smart I was three or four times. Finally I asked her what was going on. That’s when her smile faded.
“The truth is,” she admitted. “I can’t stand you.”
So we eased away from the group and started having a real conversation. Turns out, I’d done a couple of things to offend her way back when we were in grad school…
Sexism has evolved.
It didn’t have a choice. Women were too powerful to keep from voting. When they finally entered the workplace, they weren’t going to be satisfied answering phones and bringing their bosses coffee.
Things have changed. Women have won a lot of rights, and now men have started to realize how gender equality improves their lives, too. That doesn’t mean sexism is gone. It still thrives, almost everywhere. It’s not the same kind of sexism from the 1960s and 70s. It’s quieter now, insidious, erupting in hateful anger when challenged.
A few weeks ago, a male reader sent…
No one ever makes a billion dollars. You take a billion dollars.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
Six years ago, Dan Price was just an ordinary millionaire who ran a successful company processing credit card payments. Then he found out one of his employees was working a second job at McDonald’s.
She kept it a secret, out of shame.
Here’s what Price did:
It was clear I was an awful CEO who was failing his employees. I gave her a raise to quit that job. No one should have to work two jobs to make ends meet.
Price decided to cut his…