10 Ways Not to Make Big Bucks

If you watch TV or read anything these days, it seems everyone is drawing in huge salaries, bonuses, profits, and investment gains.  I have been earning decent money, dabling in the market, joining others in trying to take something to market, but I never get near the figures others seem to be making (millions, billions...).  I have thought a lot about it and here are my best suggestions of things not to do if you want to make the big bucks.

Here they are:

1. Get an advance degree, especially a Ph.D. 

2.  Go to an ivy league college.  

3.  Marry someone without money and connections.

4.  Follow your passion.

5.  Work for a non-profit, except as the CEO.

6   Play by the rules.

7.  Care about people you work with.

8.  Include as friends only those you really like.

9.  Live in someplace you can afford.

10. Have some principles.

Daniel Socolow
Daniel Socolow: President, Socolow Group. Former Director of the MacArthur Fellows Program, President of the American University of Paris, Vice President of Spelman College. BA, MA, Ph.D.

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  • Anonymous

    June 24, 2007

    How very true!

  • Anonymous

    June 24, 2007

    Your underlying premise - that society's values are out-of-whack - is correct when CNN and Yahoo! start to feature stories such as this one on how to marry a billionaire.


  • Anonymous

    June 24, 2007

    Sad but true.

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