Wednesday, June 16, 2010


In my view"Money is like a mirror to our culture. What we see tells us who we are." .What is more elusive or more compelling? More personal or more a part of society? More on everyone's lips or more difficult to talk about? More linked with success or more separate from it?

.Money takes some understanding. To help us come to terms with it, Fast Company turned to Jacob Needleman, philosopher, author, and lecturer. His book, "Money and the Meaning of Life" (Currency/Doubleday, 1991), captured the wisdom of his 30 years of teaching at San Francisco State University; his experiences in seminars with the wealthy, successful members of the Young Presidents' Organization; and his encounters with high-achieving businesspeople around the world.

.As a "worldly philosopher," Needleman has made a career out of talking honestly about a subject that eludes most people and listening thoughtfully to people talk about a subject that most find hard to discuss. In fact, says Needleman, "Money today has become like sex was to previous generations. It's damn hard, in fact nearly impossible, to think about money honestly. It has an immense influence on everything we do. Yet few people are able to acknowledge the power of money."

.Because of his insights on money and meaning, Jacob Needleman has become a popular consultant to businesses and philanthropic organizations; he also appeared as a memorable subject in Bill Moyers's PBS series "A World of Ideas." Fast Company interviewed Needleman in his Spanish-revival home in the elegant St. Francis Woods section of San Francisco. He was, as always, opinionated, self-effacing, bawdy, and brilliant -- a down-to-earth intellectual who shares many traits of the successful businesspeople who have sought his advice.

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