Why Someone Worth $120M Cut Themselves Off From Making More Money


May 14 2024 • 40 mins

Remember when Andrew Carnegie wrote that he was removing the pursuit of money from his life? Probably not, because he didn’t follow through on it. This was even before he founded the Carnegie Steel Corporation and became one of the richest people in the world. Today’s guest, however, also decided to cut himself off from earning more. And he followed through. By the time Jeff was in his forties, he was worth over $120 million. After a three-part exit from his company, Jeff decided that pursuing more money was getting in the way of his pursuit of happiness. So he quit building companies, he quit working, and he founded a support group of others in similar life stages. For Jeff, chasing money had become like an addiction, so he treated it that way. He made big changes in his life to focus on what truly made him happy. But, this “cut-off” from earning more does not coincide with spending less. In fact… it’s quite the opposite. In this episode of Moneywise, we'll learn about how Jeff realized he had enough, how his pursuit of more was getting in the way of enjoying what he built, and why he thinks it's his duty to spend his money. And of course, we'll also get into all the details about how much he has, where all that money is, and how he spends it. This is Moneywise, a podcast where host Sam Parr is joined by high-net-worth guests to explore exclusive insights into personal finance and lifestyle tailored for other high-net-worth people, or those on their way. They'll get radically transparent about the numbers, revealing things like their burn rates, portfolios, and spending habits. Who is Sam Parr? Sam is a serial entrepreneur and the co-founder of The Hustle, which he sold to HubSpot in 2021. He's also the co-host of one of the world's top podcasts for entrepreneurs, My First Million. Known for his insightful business acumen and candid communication style, Sam Parr continues to be a prominent figure in the world of media and entrepreneurship. Sam's newest and biggest venture yet is Hampton, which he co-founded in 2022. This podcast was made for the Hampton community, a private, highly-vetted, peer membership community for founders and CEOs of fast-growing, tech-enabled startups. Chapters: Jeff’s first few million (3:21) When he started the big company (5:58) His three-part exit (9:51) How his life changed (11:27) Why he started to think about cutting himself off (16:13) How he changed his life (20:12) Where is his money and his spending today (24:22) Reflection and advice (29:54) This podcast was produced in partnership with Lower Street and distributed by Morning Brew. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices