Too Many Choices

We are conditioned to believe that the more choices we have in life, the better chance we have of finding what we want, acquiring it, and consequently being happy or even happier. Surprisingly, psychologists tell us that the opposite is true. Having a multitude of choices often leads people to confusion, frustration, and bad decisions. … More Too Many Choices

Origins of Old Money Behavior

Last week, I received the following email from one of our readers… I recently read The Old Money Book — it was really insightful (and entertaining). Thank you! You wrote that Old Money prioritized modesty over display, refinement over brashness, etc. It got me interested in these rules of behavior re Old Money.  Where do … More Origins of Old Money Behavior

Quantity and Quality: The Media’s Role in Our Lives

Occasionally, I feel it’s necessary to wade into the waters of current affairs, public policy, and even politics. The reason is simple: the Core Values of Old Money that I promote don’t compartmentalize themselves into simply ‘private life’ or ‘personal choices’. The beliefs that we embrace, the habits that we adopt, and the actions that … More Quantity and Quality: The Media’s Role in Our Lives

The Simpler, Less Expensive Life in Paris

Of all the words that come to mind when you say ‘Paris’, ‘simpler’ and ‘less expensive’ are probably not frontrunners. The news media consistently lists Paris, London, Tokyo, and New York City among the Top Ten most expensive places to live. What’s more, Paris is often promoted–and often promotes itself–as one of the more glamorous … More The Simpler, Less Expensive Life in Paris

Is Someone Co-Opting Our Culture?

We’ve spoken frequently about the importance of awareness as we adopt and maintain an Old Money way of life (I’m hesitant to use the term ‘lifestyle’ as that term seems to denote something less substantial and more surface.) One of the things we can be aware of is the way that advertisers constantly look for … More Is Someone Co-Opting Our Culture?

What Nobody Ever Told Me About Career Choices

One of the blessings of being on the planet for an extended period of time is that it affords perspective. In that sense, I pity the young: they can’t look back very far. Many of us hope to offer our insights and experiences to the chronologically challenged. As I may have said before, we want … More What Nobody Ever Told Me About Career Choices

Old Money: The End Result

It’s easy to discuss, debate, and discount the merits of the philosophy and strategies presented in The Old Money Book.  I’ve articulated general principles. People have individual experiences. I’ve detailed basic fundamentals. Life is nuanced. The book was written in 2013. We live in 2021. Some things have changed. Given these realities, it can be … More Old Money: The End Result

Emotional Distancing: Old Money and Compassion

As I mentioned, our indefatigable comrade-in-arms, C.V. sent a couple of links that I thought worthwhile. This is the second of those, an article that discusses the psychological impact that wealth has on the human emotion of compassion. It’s a meaty read. So, pour yourself a hot tea, put your feet up, and find it … More Emotional Distancing: Old Money and Compassion

Old Money: Abigail Disney Speaks Out

One of our readers, C.V., recently sent me links to two articles that I think are quite timely.  One, written by documentary filmmaker and entertainment dynasty scion, Abigail Disney, is below. It’s enlightening, thought-provoking…and succinct. Read it HERE. Ms. Disney writes with refreshing candor and rare self-awareness. She presents a chessboard of competing agendas–some psychological, … More Old Money: Abigail Disney Speaks Out