I’ll Never Make a Living from My Writing

“The writer and his destiny” by Kiril Katsarov

This month will mark the seventh anniversary of the release of my first — and still highest-selling — book.

It was a niche book and it made some minor waves in that space, to the point where it even climbed all the way to #2 in that category on Amazon. It didn’t stay there long, however, and my name never cracked the “Wealthiest Writers” listicles.

It never will.

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Is Enough Ever Enough?

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Let’s talk about money.

Most of us have some sort of financial concern. Some estimates show that nearly 80% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck and 61% can’t cover a $1,000 emergency. Wages have stagnated, but the cost of everything else has continued to rise meaning that purchasing power hasn’t really moved in four decades.

It takes an annual income of one-third of a million dollars to buy a home in San Francisco, which is fascinating considering the median household income there is about $83,000. It’s not just the coasts, either. Real median household income in New York City is just under $51,000 but in the entire country it’s $59,000. Considering how expensive everything — housing, food, transportation — is, that’s not very much.

Have you ever felt like if you had just a little bit more money it would make an enormous difference? The problem with that thought — one that I’ve had many times — is that the goalposts continue to move.

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Documentary Tuesday: “Born Rich”

 

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In the early 2000s, Jamie Johnson, an heir of the Johnson & Johnson fortune, decided to make a documentary about the experiences of children of the insanely wealthy. The result, Born Rich, premiered at the 2003 Sundance Film Festival and is a fascinating (and infuriating) look at the lives of kids that have more money than many countries. This is the film that was referenced in John Oliver’s incredible takedown of Donald Trump the other night when he played a clip of an interview with Ivanka Trump. (In fairness, Ivanka was one of the more normal kids profiled.)

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