Feb 22nd, 2020 | Tom Talks

WHY DO SO MANY PEOPLE HATE BILLIONAIRES? Tom says you need to face it: the fact that so many of us hate billionaires is a reflection of ourselves! Will your vote in the 2020 election be influenced by how you feel about billionaires?

Here's the op-ed piece in The New York Times that got Tom thinking about this subject.

How do you feel about billionaires? Let Tom know: tom@blowmeuptom.com.



Submitted by TallTim on

Sorry, had to do it Tom, been listening to your older shows and that line always cracks me up.

I think you're right Tom, money changes how people look at you. A lot of the time they project their own fears and failures on you. Unfortunately I have personal experience with this. I'm like you, Tom, I am financially self-sufficient and I don't have to answer to anyone.

I've lost friends over this. Once they realized that I was out of the usual 9-to-5 ratrace and living life how I wanted, some just ghosted on me. Others make little snide comments about me being "rich" and the rest. Even my own fucking brother has turned his back on me, because he's in the usual office job kind of environment and has been doing that for years--so when he compares my success to himself he gets petty and bitter about it.

Do I wish I wasn't doing what I'm doing? Hell no, I enjoy myself and can take on big projects and focus on them exclusively.

What does bother me though is -- I worked hard and earned every damn dollar, and if someone REALLY wanted to do it, they could. But most don't. Most don't have the same kind of focus and determination. Just wishing for it isn't enough, even though that seems to be popularized in general media and films. It took me a long time to get where I'm at, and I have been working ever since I was a senior in High School.

So I agree Tom, I try to learn from those that are willing to share their knowledge and expertise -- which is why I listen to "Money Monday" in the archives and catch all the new podcasts you put out. I learn something new or try something interesting every possible day, just to expand my knowledge. I read a lot, as well. Its always been my favorite thing to do.

People may hate it when others succeed, but I wouldn't give up what I have for anything in the world.

Submitted by Youngrock06@yah... on

What a fantastic show! I’ve been thinking about how people just hate people that have earned success through plans, hard work and self confidence. I’ve been a student of your values and used billionaires as a guide to duplicate their successes throughout the years. This mindset works. You have to live it everyday though. Your message has been consistent and I soaked up this knowledge to bear fruits I have always dreamt of. “Focus on your own dreams”