Watch this video to find out why 30 year old millionaire Sam Polk walked out on Wall Street and has never been happier.
Picture yourself at the top of your game on Wall Street. Your bonus checks have grown to millions of dollars each year and you are picked up at your front door by limousines to attend World Series games or rub shoulders with the wealthy and famous whenever you wish.
Why would you ever leave this scene?
Former hedge fund hotshot Sam Polk did just that.
Carlos Castaneda once said, “Look at every path closely and deliberately…Then ask yourself alone, one question: Does this path have a heart? If it does, the path is good; if it doesn’t it is of no use.”
Sam Polk is a bold example of what it means to follow our heart. You can read the stories about his dramatic exit from Wall Street on Yahoo Finance and in his recent New York Times op-ed. Let him tell you about how he came to a moment of clarity and realized that no amount of money would ever be enough–and that it was time to break the empty addiction in favor of a life that matters.
But I want to focus on the project he started when he left the big money behind.
Sam Polk started Groceryships.org. This is a non profit which seeks out struggling families and offers them Groceryships. A Groceryship is a scholarship for groceries. They provide families the money to buy fruits, vegetables, grains, beans and seeds for six months, and then provide a comprehensive program of education and support to empower them to increase health by incorporating more of these healthful foods into their diets.
Please visit the Groceryships.org site to learn more and find out how you can get involved–or become inspired to launch your own project.
I see Sam’s awakening to his own greater life purpose as part of the epic shift underway on Earth right now. I applaud him for having the guts to walk away from a path which no longer had heart for him. His example will inspire many others to do the same. He is modeling what it means to do good and do well. This is emerging trend of conscious entrepreneurs shows us that people who are passionate about improving the world don’t need to be martyrs or take a vow of poverty.
This is an idea whose time has come. Thank you for your leadership, Sam!
Watch this video to hear the story in his own words.
Photo Credit: Screen capture from Yahoo Finance video article
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Author’s Note: When I first saw this story, an internal “hallelujah!” boomed inside my chest. My own path is different from Sam Polk’s but parallels his in some important ways. I can also testify that walking away from a successful career which has turned into its own kind of prison is exquisitely worth it.