With the tsunami of cash that has poured over Silicon Valley in the last thirty years, you might expect a plethora of yachts, McMansions, and luxury sports cars to be driven by those who’ve been successful. There are some, to be sure, but they’re more likely to be driven by those who offer goods and … More Silicon Valley Acts Old (Money, That Is)
I sat in the Pacific Dining Car in downtown Los Angeles a few mornings ago. It was early, barely dawn, and the place was quiet. Only a few casually dressed patrons here and there. Early risers with sharp minds and busy schedules, eager to get a jump on the Saturday. (The place is open 24/7/365. … More Friends and Family…?
Tradition is generally a good thing. It anchors us to the past, for we are often too young and too busy to do the hard thinking that good choices require. Tradition encourages us to accept the wisdom of our ancestors and to acknowledge that none of us are here forever: we are all passing through, … More Old Money, New Traditions
I know of no subject contemplated, mythologized, and trumpeted more–and practiced less–than loyalty, especially in America. It’s not surprising given the transient, temporary, and disposable nature of our culture. We strive for what is quick and convenient, and true friendship is neither. And it is on the altar of true friendship that we sacrifice what … More Loyalty
A year or two ago, I was in Florence, being a flaneur. I got lost. How? Good question. Florence has always struck me as a small town. One with great art, stunning architecture, jaw-dropping history and wonderful people, but small nonetheless. Somewhere behind the Santa Croce, I was wandering helplessly in a labyrinth of cobblestone and … More Etiquette, Italian Style
Recently, I was asked to write a guest post for Ivy Style, a great website that focuses on the wardrobe of Old Money, which is not really “preppy” as such, but more the attire of many Ivy League students and professors. The style, which is discussed in great detail on the site, hasn’t changed much … More Ivy Style
Just a reminder: The Old Money Book makes the perfect gift for the graduate. The Core Values and How Old Money Does It sections of the book present a concise, informative, and entertaining guide for those just starting out in life. Buy it today on Nook or Kindle.
A key element to the Old Money philosophy is the work ethic. Many people think that Old Money descendants don’t work hard. It’s true, some loaf. Some don’t work at all, but they aren’t happy. Most children in affluent families work hard. It’s expected. And it’s essential for happiness. You see, real happiness requires purpose. … More The Work Ethic
The collapse of a garment factory building in Bangladesh that killed over 800 people two weeks ago brings into sharp focus the real price of cheap clothing. In “The Old Money Book“, which I wrote late in 2012, I talk about this briefly, encouraging readers to purchase quality clothing less often, and avoid five dollar … More The Price of Cheap
“Each player must accept the cards life deals him or her: but once they are in hand, he or she alone must decide how to play the cards in order to win the game.” – Voltaire French philosopher and writer Francois-Marie Arouet, aka Voltaire (1694-1778) shared many a great thought throughout his life, but none … More Play Your Cards Well