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Episode 82: Investing in Success; The Power of Human Capital in Family Business Sustainability

In the latest episode of "The Family Business Show," host Michael Palumbos interviews Jamie Weiner, author of "The Quest for Legitimacy." Jamie's book explores the unique challenges faced by children from affluent families as they strive to find their place in the world and establish their own identities, separate from their family's wealth and accomplishments.

Michael and Jamie discuss the journey of self-discovery and the importance of finding one's own path, irrespective of family background. They delve into the concept of "breaking moments" – pivotal points in life that significantly impact one's personal growth and self-perception. Jamie shares insights from his research, including interviews with individuals from diverse backgrounds, illustrating the universal struggle for authenticity and self-validation.

The conversation also touches on the cultural nuances that influence family dynamics and individual aspirations. They emphasize the significance of supporting the next generation in exploring their interests and passions, even if they diverge from family traditions or expectations.

Michael relates his personal experiences and reflections on parenthood, highlighting the delicate balance between guiding children and allowing them to forge their own destinies. He and Jamie advocate for a holistic approach to family legacy, emphasizing the transfer of values and knowledge alongside financial wealth.

This episode offers valuable perspectives for both family business members and those interested in the psychological aspects of wealth and identity. It encourages listeners to consider their own "quest for legitimacy" and the ways in which they can support loved ones on their individual journeys.

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Episode 82 Transcript


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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Well welcome everybody to the family business show. I am your host, Michael Columbus, with family wealth and legacy in Rochester, New York. Welcome



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: um. Today we have a really cool show for you talking about a topic that we've touched on throughout. You know, several episodes, but nothing that we spent the whole time talking about. So, Jamie Weiner, thank you for joining us.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: My pleasure. We're good to be here, and the book that you have just written, and it's out on Amazon right now is called the quest for legitimacy,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: for legitimacy of children of problem with families find their unique place in the world. It's a mouthful on the website right now, and growing up in the shadow of a giant, brings unique challenges. I will throw to you



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that you know it. It definitely happens when, when, when, uh,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know you, you have great wealth, and you and you have masked great well, being the child of a mother or father who's super successful. My father, you know I'm. I've lived this my whole entire life. Um, so i'm really excited to talk about this because



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: um, you know my father was one of the top, you know one hundred, you know people, you know, in the in the company that were with that we're with. And when I, Jo, you know that was the company that I decided to bring just based on



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: um the training that they had, and you know what I had learned from my father, but like I was never Michael Columbus, I was Marty, son.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: There you go, and so you know it. It's very funny. Um! And to this day Dad's retired. Now, um! You know It's we We We have the same thing. Hey, Michael, how you doing? Say hello to your father.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: It's it's It's never! How are you first? So, um Jamie, what we have a a tradition on the show. We ask people to to share with us your journey.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um. We, you know there are several universities today that have, you know, family business and family wealth. Um, you know, studies within the you know, within their campuses,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: many years ago, ten, twenty, thirty, forty years ago that didn't exist. So, for you know, guys like you and I, people like you and I, who,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know, ended up working with either family businesses or families of Well,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: there had to be a twisting, turning road to get there, in my opinion, not always. But we'd love to hear your background. How did you know? Where did you start? How did you end up doing the work that you're doing today.



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Jamie Weiner: So Mike is a great question, because you and I are most so used to um being in the space and thinking about these kinds of things and um, It's important for us to realize that it's a relatively new thing.



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Jamie Weiner: I was born a rail by his kids, so it's a little bit different, but it came from a prominent family.



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Jamie Weiner: Um,



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Jamie Weiner: I start the book actually with a cute story um about being in the sanctuary, and somebody a little kid um popping up his head and saying, Mom, is that God? And crawling under the uh seat behind me and going



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Jamie Weiner: well? No, that's my dad, and uh,



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Jamie Weiner: and so I I can understand what it must have been like being Marty's son.



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Jamie Weiner: Um!



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Jamie Weiner: About fifteen years ago my wife, who was came from a business owning family. Her parents died thirty-five days apart from each other.



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Jamie Weiner: And um! There have been a generation before that had a family business.



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Jamie Weiner: Um. When that business ended, everybody stopped talking to each other, and nobody went to the funeral, and we had to make sure we weren't going to have that happen in our family. So that was really the beginning of the work, and as I began to work with rising Jen,



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Jamie Weiner: I always noticed that there was kind of a you know. We did a psychologist by background. You sort of pick up on things even before people start talking, and I always noticed that there was some impact of growing up in a prominent family,



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Jamie Weiner: and I figured might as well I



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Jamie Weiner: So I started. I met Ross. Hey? Worth



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Jamie Weiner: um and um for the Uk. Who's also got a podcast.



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Jamie Weiner: Everybody's got a podcast and uh



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Jamie Weiner: um, Russ and I started interviewing, rising Gen. Family members and asking the simple question,



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Jamie Weiner: which was, What's it like growing up in Thelanta giants,



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Jamie Weiner: and guess what? Nobody asked what we asked, what we meant by giants, They immediately said, Yeah, you know, Marty's my giants um, you know. And and the rage was huge because it was the oldest was about a four hundred and fifty year Old Company,



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Jamie Weiner: because there is Still, we're giants along the road. So



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Jamie Weiner: so that's kind of how I got into this whole



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: pursue, Gotcha. And so your your background. You know you. You come from a a psychology background. Psychiatry background is that that I get to catch that



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Jamie Weiner: um



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: in the last. I think It's almost twenty years have been doing family business, consulting



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: So



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: how many you we? We talk about doing interviews. I uh, approximately. How many people did you interview. Do you mind me asking?



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Jamie Weiner: Well, let's not do approximately. It was twenty-five people



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Jamie Weiner: from around the globe so indonesia Chicago, costa Rica



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Jamie Weiner: and um



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Jamie Weiner: I I don't know if I did anybody from Rochester, New York, though, anyways uh um and um,



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Jamie Weiner: and the range So the oldest person that I interviewed at the time was seventy-five years old, and he was looking back on the experience. Um. He was part of the Kaiser family, which at one Point was one of the largest and wealthiest families in the country.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: When you, in in talking to these people, what did you find? You know what were some of the unique challenges that



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that you were hearing what were the themes that you were hearing.



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Jamie Weiner: So



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Jamie Weiner: there's a difference between feeling successful and feeling legitimate,



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Jamie Weiner: and we interview people even who were successful at a point in their life, but still didn't feel in relationship to the giants that they were born. Next to that they have established a sense of their own legitimacy.



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Jamie Weiner: So the the the biggest one, was the whole thing about



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Jamie Weiner: whether you felt you were enough, whether you measured up



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Jamie Weiner: Um, I I think that's a be somewhat universal feeling. But I think when you have the experience of growing up with somebody who's built something or been part of something that's very large,



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Jamie Weiner: and it



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Jamie Weiner: it it could be the the general store, or in in the in the town, so i'm not making it that you gotta be a multi billion there to be a a giant



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Jamie Weiner: and um, and I think that was the primary



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Jamie Weiner: um thing that we found.



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Jamie Weiner: Um.



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Jamie Weiner: I. You know the other things that i'd love to talk about is i'd love to talk about um one. How how everybody we we interviewed have breaking moments, and then from there we probably should touch on the fact that we we discovered a payoff,



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Jamie Weiner: and that by discovering their path we really think we can make it a difference in the lives



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: in a way that I in modesty I don't think any else is. Anybody else has been done before that would be able to change people's lives.



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Jamie Weiner: Breaking moments is a very interesting idea. Um!



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Jamie Weiner: When I look back at my own life I can identify a chain of of breaking moments, and it's a very important concept that. Um



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Jamie Weiner: that's worth thinking about. Because



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Jamie Weiner: um parents, when somebody has a breaking moments sometimes in this Co current world jump in and want to do this repair scene.



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Jamie Weiner: But, um! And I I wouldn't encourage. I am not looking for people to have breaking moments. But, for example, Ratio, one of the people we interviewed in the book.



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Jamie Weiner: Um, it's a longer story that fired by email from his father.



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Jamie Weiner: Stop talking to his dad for two years, and during that period of his life



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Jamie Weiner: re-figured who he is and what he wanted to do.



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Jamie Weiner: So it was a couple of years. He was crushed at first,



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Jamie Weiner: and two years later he had a point where he had a position as a professor at a university.



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Jamie Weiner: His dad was Indian, and his mom was not. He Hadn't spoken to his dad for two years, and he took the risk and decided that before he would start he would go home and not going to stay in store.



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Jamie Weiner: It was read by his dad, and his dad said



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Jamie Weiner: I was so glad you did this.



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Jamie Weiner: I wouldn't have done it, and there was a cultural thing going on in the background of that. But from that point on it changed Rishi's life in a change his relationship with his father.



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Jamie Weiner: So they're less dramatic



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Jamie Weiner: examples in the book. But that's a pretty dramatic example. I I called that period that um he was struggling, being in a period of limb, and all of a sudden



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Jamie Weiner: a feeling betwixt in between. So i'm a psychologist, i'm not calling it the pressure. I'm. Making a distinction



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Jamie Weiner: and trying to, you know, emphasize. And



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Jamie Weiner: there were a couple of cases where I think it was depression,



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Jamie Weiner: but i'm trying to emphasize that people have hard times in their life,



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Jamie Weiner: and that's not exactly what we would think about in terms of clinical depression. It's struggling, and that it it can be the beginning of the quest to figure out what you really want to do with your life right,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know, when you think about it. It. Maslow did a pretty good job of putting together a formula right, you know, years and years ago of am I safe? Am I? You know, in My! Am I? Can I take it? I take risks?



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um, you know. Do I have my autonomy, and do I make a difference, or you know how it. How did my life matter? You know what's my purpose? And am I gonna matter? And one of the things that I've been playing with and trying to, you know, help Families to understand is that we put all these systems together



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: for the wealth



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: we get out, how to create. Well, how to. You know how to manage well how to pass wealth and you. But there's there's not a ton of systems for families to be putting into place. It's we know in our industry that there's a lot of people like you and I that are. It's this burgeoning,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know, uh quest out there like your request for legitimacy to help people to understand. And you know it's there should be a system in place that the parents understand that really their job is not to



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: be the giant.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Their job is to help their children stand on their own pedestal and and find out what they're passionate about, and how they're going to make a difference in the world, because if we're all cut exactly like our fathers or our mothers, it's going to be a really boring world. When I. I absolutely love that that you know about Maslow and more more people. Then they mean something.



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Jamie Weiner: Um may not mean something to your whole audience, but it was really the idea of the development happens over the course of a lifetime, and I think rising happens over the course of a lifetime.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: That's a great way to to talk about it, because it's not something like, hey? Okay, you're a teenager. Now you're thirteen, you know. You go and get your bar, and that's for you. Go, get your confirmation. Whatever you know you become the you become you, you a teenager for the first time now yourself actualized. Not a wouldn't it be nice? It'd be super nice.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: But uh, you know, there there had to be for the people that you interviewed. You know



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: there had to be some awareness,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: or to what was what they were feeling and what was going on. What did that? What was like that like for them?



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Jamie Weiner: So, yes and no,



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Jamie Weiner: you know when you have a breaking moment in your life. It could be a divorce



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Jamie Weiner: could be, whatever you you're not thinking about. Oh, My God, this is an opportunity you're thinking about. Oh, my God! I just got kicked on the team.



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Jamie Weiner: And you you you! You're going



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Jamie Weiner: a a a lot of people. It's self pity at that point. Yeah, um.



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Jamie Weiner: And



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Jamie Weiner: it's only through the process of of sorting sorting stuff out.



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Jamie Weiner: Do you begin to maybe be able to look back and go. God, I wish that in the But



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Jamie Weiner: yeah, I think it's that. But there's very important.



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Jamie Weiner: Um,



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Jamie Weiner: and that's part of the message that i'm also kind of giving about parenting because somebody somebody in this wonderful little two minute video, but a butterfly. I'm a young man walking and discovering a cocoon,



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Jamie Weiner: and deciding to sit down and watch the butterfly emerge, which doesn't happen real quickly, and the butterflies halfway out, and seems to be stuck. So the young man cuts off the cocoon



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Jamie Weiner: and holds the butterfly and waits for it to fly.



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Jamie Weiner: Well, that last period is when the butterfly releases what needs to be released in order for the wings to work,



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Jamie Weiner: and



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Jamie Weiner: I it just It touched me



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Jamie Weiner: because it was in two minutes it sort of captured the whole thing, and the whole transition to be coming um to rising and taking it, and being able to have some um to to fly.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: So



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: walk me through, so that I i'm trying to make the connection between the breaking moments and the quest for legitimacy. So



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: take a step back for me for a second just, and I apologize, but i'm like so I i'm You know i'm somebody that you've interviewed.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I'm i'm feeling that i'm looking for this quest for legitimacy. What? I guess?



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Where am I? What's happening? What's it through the interviews that you did? What's the the theme before the breaking moment, and after the breaking moment. So I guess am I missing that?



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Jamie Weiner: I? So let's do before i'm gonna do it very quickly. Yeah, that's we're fine before you all this email. You kind of have these moments,



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Jamie Weiner: And Henry Kaiser was a good example. Henry Kaiser, and then, you know, got sent to a private school



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Jamie Weiner: in



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Jamie Weiner: it early on there was this message that he better prepare because his someday in his life something important was going to happen,



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Jamie Weiner: and he got sent off to the boarding school. I don't think he really wanted to go to boarding school.



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Jamie Weiner: Um,



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Jamie Weiner: and that was kind of the beginning, and



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Jamie Weiner: the the beauty of what happened was along the way. I picked up a research team from the University of Adelaide.



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Jamie Weiner: Um. I met the researcher at an elevators, and we got off the elevator, he said, God, that's great. We should do some journal articles together, and so it's one of those magic moments for me. We're all of a sudden, I've had a practitioner research team,



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Jamie Weiner: and what we discovered is whether it was Indonesia, Chicago, or Costa Rica that there was a pattern



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Jamie Weiner: wasn't. Linear so it wasn't like you did step one, and then you did step two, but it started with awareness,



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Jamie Weiner: and um



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Jamie Weiner: I don't know for you, if you remember the early moments of awareness of growing up in a prominent family? But even the story of being the sanctuary and having that little boy say,



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Jamie Weiner: is this God, his mother? Sort of them one of those moments where it's something a little bit different about who my dad is in the world. I was born into



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Jamie Weiner: it. It moves from awareness into um what I call the tug of war,



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Jamie Weiner: because you grow up in a culture and your family, and you're aware of it, and a lot of the families you and I work about work with.



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Jamie Weiner: You have family governance. They have all kinds of things going on um they they! They may not be aware that somebody is already, you know, doing a state plans for them, and figuring out what's going to happen to them later in their lives.



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Jamie Weiner: Um! But as you go out into the world you begin to discover other things what you were brought up, and at First you come home and parents go. God, that's so great, are you! Where do you? She learn? Learn this little bit Later you come home and they go. Oh, my God! Where where did he? And she learned this? And it's a t of war between two big being in two worlds



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Jamie Weiner: it moves on, and with Covid I hope it's still the same. But um! The next period is a period of exploration.



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Jamie Weiner: Um,



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Jamie Weiner: One of the people I interviewed. Um. Father's business. Um failed during around the Les,



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Jamie Weiner: and she managed to convince her parents to find a way to have her um. There's a Mexican background to go



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Jamie Weiner: um explore other cultures, travel, learn gain insights, and she never lost that connection to the the culture she was brought up in. But she also became rich by what she experienced, and use that period to sort out



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Jamie Weiner: the different the world she brought up into what she was learning to form, who she was, because the last period is taking ownership of your life,



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Jamie Weiner: and the word that is a more of a psychological road. But he has the agency feeling like you have some control over the decisions you're making,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: And so what? So that really makes an awful lot of sense. Um, you know I I just. I can only look at it from my experience. My awareness was, you know,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: the first time I got interviewed at the company that my father works for the you know they, the the manager said to me, Michael, you know, just based on the your your name. I'll bring you in tomorrow. When I was one of those non traditional students. So I had, you know, not finished my my college education. I had, you know, gotten an associates, but you know, kept, you know, pushing it off.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: And he said,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: You know when somebody asks you, where did you graduate from? You know. What are you gonna say? Your father graduated from X Y and Z Um. And so what are you gonna say? And i'm like, okay, And that was enough to get me to go back to school. But it was that



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that comparison that happened. And then, the first time you're walking through the office or walking through a company event that's outside of the office even bigger. And there, you know you. You've got the name tag on, and hey, you're Marty, son, and so then there's this awareness of



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that. You didn't have at home. How? What an impact Dad had made in the world outside of the house, you know it is, if that makes sense. And Then there was that, you know



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I wanna I I think the tug of war was a little different from me than than what you're talking about, but I think the tug war was. This is the way Dad did things.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I don't know if that's the way I want to do things



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that that makes sense, and I, you know. And so for me the exploration was like finding the purpose of planning Institute and and having a conversation with J. Hughes, and and just starting to look at this thing and say, there's more to



00:23:01.230 --> 00:23:20.849

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: wealth and just money. So where there's wealth in the knowledge and the values, and what not of the family, and I wouldn't have discovered all of that stuff, and gotten to the point where I have my own podcast, and i'm like I am I and I just like doing this work, you know. But I, as you were going through those pieces



00:23:20.860 --> 00:23:25.279

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I conduct, you know, in the in the different steps. I can definitely feel how



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that was my life,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know. I'm so surprised. I just assumed you did everything the way Marty did it right, and you know we we have. We have an even closer um connection that you you don't know this, but my father um his mother, had four boys,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and she put all four boys into the seminary.



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Jamie Weiner: Only one came out of Priest, but she knew that if she put four in it there was a pretty good idea that you know It's not uncommon for people who grow up in problems with families to to struggle with school.



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Jamie Weiner: So it's a It's a great example. I did right, I did I? I didn't go. Oh, great! I'm going straight for what I want to do. It took a long time to kind of sort it all out.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Yeah. And and I think you know, in hindsight I can look back and say, you know, Dad was successful. He was a you know, the first generation Wealth Creator.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um again not you know, he having super proud of dad. He's done in incredible. But we're not talking, you know. Uh, Walmart, you know Walton well but definitely, you know top three of America kind of a thing, you know done really really well for himself.



00:24:49.520 --> 00:24:51.000

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: And



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: yeah, I guess the oldest. I watched it to go from Point A to Point B. Um. I was in the very first house that was, you know very blue collar, very, and in the second house, where it was very, you know, Middle Middle America,



00:25:10.590 --> 00:25:21.569

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: um, and then watch them. The The year I went to college for the first time. Um, they, you know, moved into this neighborhood and into this house that I was like



00:25:21.610 --> 00:25:32.830

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: man. My sisters have got it great. And my my brother, they're they're love it. They're looking. That's fun. Um!



00:25:32.850 --> 00:25:38.020

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: So that the breaking moment now is that you know it.



00:25:38.050 --> 00:25:44.439

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: This This makes it to me. This is making more sense. I've gone through this journey. I've done these things.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Where does the breaking moment talking about? You know that you know, like you, you mentioned the one story. Can you give some other examples of other people that have had? You know they've gone through being in the shadow of the giant through the breaking moment. What were some of the other breaking moments that people had had?



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Jamie Weiner: So the the one i'm going to share is um



00:26:05.380 --> 00:26:10.989

Jamie Weiner: may feel kind of a different, but it it somebody who grew up in um



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Jamie Weiner: uh costa rica



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Jamie Weiner: um grew up in a family that uh played tons of tennis,



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Jamie Weiner: and fairly early on in his life he um! We had an injury.



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Jamie Weiner: So it was a literal breaking moment,



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Jamie Weiner: and the injury from that point on meant that he was not going to play tennis at the level that his family played tennis,



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Jamie Weiner: and he started to form other friendships different than the family's friendships.



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Jamie Weiner: Um!



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Jamie Weiner: This is such a fun interview to do.



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Jamie Weiner: He had a guitar hanging on the wall.



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Jamie Weiner: Um! He! You could tell that there was something different about him, and he really decided that what he wanted to do for that, and primarily with his life is play tennis and make me a uh with surf and make music,



00:27:09.150 --> 00:27:13.199

Jamie Weiner: and he did really well on making music,



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Jamie Weiner: and at some point realized he needed to make a little bit of money. So um dad had a chain of um. Probably it's they weren't seven eleven, but that kind of store, and he created a business making sandwiches.



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Jamie Weiner: We could do, we could do in a much shorter period of time. He actually one point had one hundred people working for him, making sandwiches,



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Jamie Weiner: and all of that was really designed to for his ability to to surf and make music. So it was a little breaking moment, but it clearly changed his life, and for a while there was really a struggle with the and brothers who



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Jamie Weiner: who had this idea of where he should be going, what what he should be doing. And you know a lot of people assume you're gonna end up in the family business. You did



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Jamie Weiner: It's not. Everybody ends up on the phone with this



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Jamie Weiner: right, and not everybody should have that in the family business. Yeah, you know It's funny that you say that because



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I I haven't had these specific conversations with my siblings, but I do feel there are times when you know



00:28:31.170 --> 00:28:43.709

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: they they may feel, and I should. I should reach out to them and have these conversations that they may feel. Boy weren't you lucky working with dad all those to all those years and um,



00:28:43.930 --> 00:29:00.270

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know just some. You know the fact that they didn't take that path or go down that road uh just a different um experience for them. Still, every one of my siblings I still think that they feel the shadow



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: of the giant. Um, because Dad, you know, was successful and did have you know, some wonderful experience? I I have a sister. Um, my young, my youngest sister. She's one,



00:29:13.190 --> 00:29:22.900

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: two, or three Emmys, and and then she just won just this year one the South African equivalent to an Emmy



00:29:22.910 --> 00:29:37.829

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um. She's a producer for Sesame Street, and so she's the Tv land before she, and then now she's a producer. She produces Takalani Sesame, which is Sesame Street in South Africa, and and she just down plays



00:29:38.130 --> 00:29:52.039

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: her success. You it's one thing with your your friends and family, you know, friends, but with your family you should be, You know, like the people that you trust, and your your closest people, and sometimes she still downplays it, and i'm. I'm curious if there's any of the



00:29:52.050 --> 00:30:01.519

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I'm. Just not sure the difference i'm making in the world, if this is exactly where I want to be, and if there's any comparison to you know the amount I mean. Dad was,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know, did a great job in success in his business, but then also in the community. He was on every board and everybody in the you know. He made a difference in a lot of charities, and a lot of people just knew who he was. You can't really walk through the town without knowing who he is, you know. And so I wonder if that's



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Jamie Weiner: That'd be an interesting conversation, I think, for for us to have as as siblings. That's pretty neat. So if you ever need me to, you know, leave that conversation with your family. You know. One of the things that we really discovered is that um!



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Jamie Weiner: The rising gem grows up with a sense of isolation.



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Jamie Weiner: They don't quite understand. And so we're actually um starting to do. One year experiences called the Rise, where we're going to gather um groups of rising Jen



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Jamie Weiner: and Um and I use that as a broad range in terms of ages. But people with that sense of um being part of something that there's a giant, and they're sorting out who they are with. And we're doing the first one in Oxford,



00:31:12.490 --> 00:31:18.369

Jamie Weiner: because those kinds of conversations that you're talking about happening,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and um, and what your sister's doing sounds real cool, you know. I'm I'm brag on her for two seconds. She just got married, and the cast and crew in South Africa put together like a five, six minute video with all of them dancing, and you know, wishing her, you know, good luck on her marriage, and you know, with with with, you know, the muppets in the



00:31:48.350 --> 00:31:51.749

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and you know.



00:31:51.760 --> 00:32:10.809

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: One of the artists then drew a picture of her and her new husband. Um, you know it really cute, you know. They both in their forties, and neither of them had been married. Neither of them had kids and um. They found each other during Covid and uh, just super sweet. You know that that that they found all that stuff?



00:32:10.820 --> 00:32:19.830

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um, I I don't want to get back this sort of, and up bragging on my sister she that there



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: love you, Andrea Um, When so now we go through this journey. You know the the kind of that questing of of these things we have the breaking moment, and then you alluded earlier to some S. E. In Remind. I don't remember exactly the words you use, but some steps are some a path forward



00:32:41.920 --> 00:32:48.680

Jamie Weiner: from there. Did I catch that right



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Jamie Weiner: exploration exploration as well? One probably the most important to spend some time on, and their moments, and i'm not sure everybody gets there where you really feel like you've taken agency of your own life



00:33:03.990 --> 00:33:06.070

Jamie Weiner: and um



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Jamie Weiner: uh and done in all kinds of ways. Okay, Clearly, for me, writing a book was like, Okay, you know. I wish my dad were here because I think he would be, You know. I think we could have different conversations that we had before he passed away, so



00:33:25.350 --> 00:33:34.090

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: just resonated with me so incredibly much. I wish my dad was here to see this,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: because I I can't tell you the amount of people that those words I've heard them before my mom or my dad



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and I. I've got one in particular that i'm thinking of is a family member that I happen to. Do you know I I manage their investments. It's a older relative, and I remember looking at him and saying, You know



00:33:58.910 --> 00:34:16.570

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: my, my my grandfather was a saver as one of my uncles, and I. You know my uncle had been saving and doing a really good job in saving, and you know, and I just looked at him, and I said man popped would be so proud,



00:34:16.580 --> 00:34:27.679

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and it was almost like you, you know you could. Just you like his heart just soared, hearing those words.



00:34:28.020 --> 00:34:35.680

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: And to your, you know. I think you're breaking moment, you know, when you talked about the the first story of the sun going back to the father,



00:34:36.469 --> 00:34:40.709

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: don't wait. If you have those moments,



00:34:41.400 --> 00:34:42.729

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: don't wait.



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Jamie Weiner: Yeah. Well, thanks for sharing a little bit about your family, because then this stuff comes alive,



00:34:49.460 --> 00:35:07.200

Jamie Weiner: and um I have stored away. Um Every sermon my father wrote. Um, I have um a photo album that traces his history from Dresden to Palestine through India.



00:35:07.210 --> 00:35:12.160

Jamie Weiner: I I have all these memorabilia for a long time. I couldn't look at them



00:35:12.290 --> 00:35:18.299

Jamie Weiner: because they were so overwhelming in terms of how big the journey was for him.



00:35:18.720 --> 00:35:27.660

Jamie Weiner: And um now one I've done something that feels like. If you were here we'd have a conversation about it,



00:35:27.930 --> 00:35:40.089

Jamie Weiner: and to now i'm really excited to go back and at least organize and have some idea what all that stuff is about. And you you're doing it in a real tangible way,



00:35:40.240 --> 00:35:41.569

Jamie Weiner: I mean.



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Jamie Weiner: I I see the backdrop, you know. So um



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Jamie Weiner: so it's. It's very powerful, because at some point our parents continue to live inside of us



00:35:59.020 --> 00:36:01.180

Jamie Weiner: and um,



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Jamie Weiner: and making peace with that experience is pretty powerful.



00:36:12.220 --> 00:36:14.989

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: How do I say this? Um



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: generational pull



00:36:19.410 --> 00:36:20.959

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: on



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that giant



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: shadow. Let me explain why me? You know It's it's pro you know it. It it's possible. And tell me if i'm you know you, if if anybody experiences before, but it's like the way that, regardless of



00:36:37.580 --> 00:36:45.529

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: regardless of the welfare, regardless of the success. There's still that I want to make my mom. I want to make my dad proud



00:36:45.670 --> 00:36:49.639

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: of who I am. I want them to see me for me,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and and then when and that the wealth just magnifies, or the success of the father or mother that's successful magnifies that even bigger



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: um is that is that resonated on with you?



00:37:05.440 --> 00:37:08.200

Jamie Weiner: It sure does. Um,



00:37:09.180 --> 00:37:13.339

Jamie Weiner: you know. Um,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: J. You may mean nothing to your audience. Maybe you may have talked about Jay, so they mean something to your audio. Jay's been on the show before, so they they know, even if uh J. He was just kind of like the you know. I know he's the the godfather of all a lot of this work for many of us.



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Jamie Weiner: Well, yeah, so. Um, you know Jay talks about all the different kinds of wealth, and for my dad I didn't get the financial. But I got all the others, and j did the um um the intro to the book



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Jamie Weiner: and um



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Jamie Weiner: Jay, I I love the incho, cause he talks about his own experience growing up with a prominent. They have a problem with an attorney, and um recognizes,



00:38:10.640 --> 00:38:26.249

Jamie Weiner: and we all look up to J right and and um. He recognizes that he grew up in the shadow of somebody who was extremely prominent, and the power of doing that in in the introduction of the book.



00:38:26.490 --> 00:38:36.899

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: And I go, What better introduction to what this books about. Yeah. And to my point. Jay's grandfather was a prominent attorney.



00:38:37.840 --> 00:38:46.320

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Yeah, so it's kind of passed on. So I guess that that's where I was wanted to ask you is



00:38:46.510 --> 00:38:49.439

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: from a parenting perspective.



00:38:50.090 --> 00:38:57.289

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: You know this to if if I have young children, or even grown children,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: if I find you know their their father today, you know the yeah I'm talking with my kids today. What are some of the conversations that I should be having with them to to make sure that they



00:39:10.360 --> 00:39:11.750

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: maybe



00:39:12.080 --> 00:39:24.330

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that the tug of war that they might be having in their heads. I can lessen that, and let them know that you know I I I really just want them to be happy and and follow their own path.



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Jamie Weiner: So that's a great one to talk about, because I know parents who said, do whatever you want to do, and they forget the part of acknowledging, now acknowledging that in their kids' eyes they may be seen as a giant.



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Jamie Weiner: And so, even though they say, do whatever you want to do, the person growing up is saying, Yeah, sure. But I gotta measure up and um,



00:39:49.670 --> 00:40:00.780

Jamie Weiner: and so I That part of the conversation is really important. The other one, and that's probably even the bigger one is allowing room for write a passage



00:40:02.080 --> 00:40:06.480

Jamie Weiner: and and allowing that next generation,



00:40:06.540 --> 00:40:10.150

Jamie Weiner: maybe even encouraging the next generation



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Jamie Weiner: to do some exploration.



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Jamie Weiner: And um, I know people now talk about gap years, and all that kind of stuff they talk about working for you and somebody else's business. It's the those are tangible manifestations of something that needs to happen inside.



00:40:32.080 --> 00:40:51.300

Jamie Weiner: And it's really that that that thing that needs to happen inside that is what's going to help transform somebody into believing that they too can um stand at them. Walk from the land to giants.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: My daughter, that um is taking a gap year this year to um, You know she's doing wants to go to medical school, and she now has um three interviews, so she probably has a pretty good shot of making it in and doing what she's doing.



00:41:08.180 --> 00:41:11.600

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: But the that process,



00:41:11.620 --> 00:41:24.959

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: the you know, the gap here is a lot for a lot of parents to take on to say really shouldn't you just like be doing your applications in your senior year and whatnot, but it's doing that That application process is ginormous.



00:41:24.970 --> 00:41:32.070

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: But what i'm what i'm watching as the parent is exactly what you just said. She's living on her own.



00:41:32.230 --> 00:41:48.680

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: She's not being covered by mom and Dad and the family. She's figuring out the expenses on her own. She's working um, and you know, having some struggle which I think you know



00:41:48.860 --> 00:41:59.030

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: a year from now we're five years from now or ten years now she'll look back. And as that was one of those defining moments for me to say, I can do this,



00:41:59.230 --> 00:42:00.649

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know,



00:42:00.790 --> 00:42:08.360

Jamie Weiner: I I think that's really powerful, because medical school, you know. Once you step on that that um



00:42:08.730 --> 00:42:20.360

Jamie Weiner: conveyor belt to become a doctor right? And it's a it's a conveyor belt, you, you know. Once you start, it just keeps going, and you going and going



00:42:20.470 --> 00:42:36.300

Jamie Weiner: um, depending on how much you specialize or what you end up doing at the end? It's It's not a Oh, boy, I could take three weeks off for a year off in the middle of you know. And so having that that moment



00:42:36.690 --> 00:42:40.059

Jamie Weiner: Um, it's pretty powerful. Yeah,



00:42:40.580 --> 00:42:57.140

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: um. What are some of the other things that you you know you found, or maybe some of the things that surprised you in this discovery process that you that you did that just really stood out that you you want to talk about.



00:42:58.240 --> 00:43:04.369

Jamie Weiner: Yeah, probably the one that popped in my head. Um! We interviewed a woman from Indonesia



00:43:04.500 --> 00:43:06.879

Jamie Weiner: Chinese family, and



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right now is not a great time to build. Well, from what was it? Her parents was not a good time to build wealth in China,



00:43:14.320 --> 00:43:20.990

Jamie Weiner: and so they came to Indonesia. They made money. They sent the daughter off to the States.



00:43:21.500 --> 00:43:38.670

Jamie Weiner: So all all the girl, all the all the children's daughters. So there was no son to set that role, and she goes off. She's got two instructions. One you got to get an advanced degree and two. You have to come home.



00:43:38.680 --> 00:43:41.930

Jamie Weiner: Okay, right? So she comes home,



00:43:41.970 --> 00:43:50.339

Jamie Weiner: and her. Ds business is mushroomed, and so she helps stay. I build the factory, but they don't get along all the time,



00:43:50.900 --> 00:43:58.570

Jamie Weiner: and um, you know, in in in her culture, you you're supposed to under your father.



00:43:59.700 --> 00:44:13.089

Jamie Weiner: And so one day she decides. I'm gonna go get a job. And then before her interview she s down with her, dad, and she said, you're going to be so proud of me. I'm going to be able to earn my own money,



00:44:13.360 --> 00:44:20.390

Jamie Weiner: and uh and do all that kind of stuff, and her damn looks at her, and said,



00:44:20.420 --> 00:44:23.200

Jamie Weiner: Which this through us, he said,



00:44:23.250 --> 00:44:29.069

Jamie Weiner: I don't get it. Where's my face in it. Let me go my face and it. What did he mean?



00:44:29.330 --> 00:44:33.950

Jamie Weiner: Well, he meant How in this were you honoring me?



00:44:34.160 --> 00:44:38.970

Jamie Weiner: Because you're supposed to be part of what we're craving as a family,



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Jamie Weiner: and more and more. What we found is that um people grow up in a world where they have more multicultural experiences. So the idea of getting a job and making money is being part of how you define your independence was foreign to him,



00:44:59.580 --> 00:45:06.389

Jamie Weiner: and that is a a a much more common phenomena,



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Jamie Weiner: and then um a lot of it, because we live in a global world, right? And I think it's important for the people who are raising the next generation to appreciate that we grow up in a global world.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I love that. I love that. I I I think I can't remember who wrote about it. But there was somebody else had written about that and what it was really interesting, because



00:45:30.840 --> 00:45:41.920

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I' a pretty sheltered life, you know, and most of my time in upstate New York. And so you know um



00:45:42.940 --> 00:45:52.260

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: other cultures, and how they do things like, you know, Eastern philosophy is just different than Western philosophies. And and so, you know, in dealing with



00:45:52.320 --> 00:46:07.400

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: families, and how you do things, I think you know I don't have any families from other cultures in my you know, in the work that I do right now. But we do live in A. You know, upstate. New York has many cultures



00:46:07.410 --> 00:46:18.249

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: in it, if that were ever to. If I was ever to serve another family from another culture. That's be one of the things that you know as the adviser side of it, you'd really need to look into.



00:46:18.400 --> 00:46:30.959

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: What are the standards of the culture, what you know? How are things typically done? So that at least you go in aware that the way you've done things with other families may not be the way that you need to do them for this family,



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Jamie Weiner: this What a great awareness! Because even I grew up in Scoki, Illinois, which you know little subur outside of Chicago. One points uh it still has a Jewish community. But now there's an Indian cultures in there, I mean there's It's more and more. We live in a world



00:46:50.750 --> 00:46:57.969

Jamie Weiner: it's multi cultural and um marriages produce,



00:46:58.400 --> 00:47:11.810

Jamie Weiner: you know, bringing people in from other cultures. Um! And how we deal with all of that, Both his advisers and his parents is part of this whole quest thing.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I love it.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um!



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: So we've We've talked about the journey



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: we've talked about the um



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: uh come on, I I just I nested uh not the roadblock, but the breaking moments right.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: We've talked about some of the surprises that have happened.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: for you know, once somebody is through that awareness, you know, through those phases, and now they have ownership.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: What's kinda What are some of the results of you know, for that rising generation, once they have ownership. What were some of the feelings, and what were some of the things that you know you saw through that,



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Jamie Weiner: You know there's really an important insight that comes out of that question, which is a lot of people. A lot of business families encourage the generation, but the next generation, and it can go the opposite way, but a lot of encourage them to come into the family business



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Jamie Weiner: um,



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Jamie Weiner: or in my case I struggled with whether I was going to become a rail by, or what I was going to do with my life.



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Jamie Weiner: Um and um, because the power of



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Jamie Weiner: and um



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Jamie Weiner: when somebody discovers who they are.



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Jamie Weiner: It takes agency.



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Jamie Weiner: Um. Everybody that we interviewed wanted to have a stronger connection with their family. They may not want it. It wanted to be part of the family business



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Jamie Weiner: Right? Um! But



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Jamie Weiner: but they wanted to bring the value back, and they wanted to bring value back to their family. They wanted to have an impact on the world.



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Jamie Weiner: Um impact is a big deal. We could do a whole whole whole show on impact to what impact means.



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Jamie Weiner: Um!



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Jamie Weiner: Even now we talk about impact investing. But impact is more than about investing



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Jamie Weiner: Um



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Jamie Weiner: and um,



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Jamie Weiner: And I just think that's such an important part of what we discover. I think it's different for women. This whole chapter in the book about women.



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Jamie Weiner: Um!



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: That you say that because



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: when you know again I I the The only thing I can do is relate my journey and my family to you know what you discovered, and as you talked about it I started smiling. Because i'm like Oh,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I found out what my core purpose is. You know my core purpose is to inspire change. It's only been, you know, changes hard and difficult and not fun. It's never fun.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um, I mean it may be fun along the lines, but it's usually comes with some amount of pain, because you're going from some place to some place, and there that change process like the butterfly that you talked about in the beginning. Um! It's difficult. And so you know



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: what I for me. What was really neat was anytime, you know. Once I learned that



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I've determined that didn't matter where I landed



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: in terms of the work that I did,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: because I could inspire change as an educator or as a business owner, or as a you know, family wealth advisor, or, you know, if I was working for someone else, I'd still probably be working on my core purpose if I, you know. Once I had the ownership of who I am and where I was going.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um! And it was



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: super helpful. And so I you know, if if your process you know, or as your process. And you're having these discussions to help people figure out. You know. What do they value, and what is their purpose?



00:51:31.970 --> 00:51:38.660

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um! To help them through that journey and have those discussions, Man, What powerful work That is



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Jamie Weiner: absolutely. And I understand that on a very personal level, because um,



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Jamie Weiner: you you know when you're younger you think it's all about picking what you're going to do, what your job is going to be, what you're going to do with your life. Well, it it is, but it's not really about what you what job you're going to choose. It's about finding the why,



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Jamie Weiner: that you're here about,



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Jamie Weiner: and then plenty of people talk about finding the why now. Um! But once you figure out the way, I also get to figure out how. But uh, you can't just sit around and think about the why.



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Jamie Weiner: But he did you right? I mean, I i'm at an age that most people retire.



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Jamie Weiner: What is that. What do you do when you retire? And uh and so um they learn how to play golf. I have to do something with my life and my part of my journey fits in with who I am



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Jamie Weiner: and um, it's about wanting to make a difference.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know I I just was reading an article earlier this morning. That was all about um in the Seven ways to stave off um alzheimer's and dementia, and the one of the top ones was to always be learning something new. So you know, Retirement, I I think, is going to become more and more a thing of the past, and we're going to be tired talking about not retiring from, but retiring to. So you know, Maybe you retired from a practice one time, and now you're an author, and it's a whole. Another chapter



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: in your book of life, you know



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Jamie Weiner: we Yeah. And I thought it would be a more relaxed. I'm working harder now than I've ever worked before. So and you would be speaking in Edinburgh all and going to London and doing all this kind of fun stuff.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I'm going. Okay, How about the ride? You know I I You know I didn't ask you. Do you have children?



00:53:48.030 --> 00:54:00.410

Jamie Weiner: I was stepped out of three and um one. I think they all like me, and it's really a lovely thing.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: The The reason I ask is, you know, is there a message that you would, you know in in this talking about journey of giants and being in the shadow. Is there a message that you, as a stepfather is, you know, would share with your kids to You know the message that you'd send to them.



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Jamie Weiner: Yeah, I almost forget to tell you I have my grandchildren. So it is. I'm. Now part of a multi-generational thing without any genetics involved in that, but is very cute. I have a fourteen year old granddaughter,



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Jamie Weiner: and over the weekend um her, and I had back to back then, he many petty's with each other,



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Jamie Weiner: and it was just. It was so delightful



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Jamie Weiner: just to be there for her,



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Jamie Weiner: and to hear her curiosity about me,



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Jamie Weiner: curiosity about the book,



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Jamie Weiner: but also to hear about her playing soccer



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Jamie Weiner: and her own.



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Jamie Weiner: And it's it's



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Jamie Weiner: is allowing that space for those special moments.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I love it. You You use the word curious, which I think is the most powerful



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: that is overlooked in my opinion that I've learned through the last few years.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Learn to get curious.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Get curious about your spouse and what she's saying, or he's saying, Get curious about your grandchildren about your children and ask the questions that show that you care right? And that probably. Yeah, I can. I can imagine, if you know where we're asking, Why does that matter? Why is that important to you, or what did you learn from that? And And we got curious about these things? It probably gives that space for the growth, and that they're going through in the



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: in their journey



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: in your shadow. I mean. Think about that your grandchildren could be sitting there, saying, You know, my my my grandfather wrote a book,



00:56:10.310 --> 00:56:25.399

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: How how, how do I live up to somebody? And so that that that journey of being curious and and thinking through, you know, good questions, and just



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: being there for them like you said, being with them. Go, do a manny petty with your allow. Allow for that to happen. I love that. Um, I, Jamie, I I just want to say thank you.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um, This has been awesome. Your The the quest for legitimacy is available on Amazon and all of the other spaces out there. Um, you know that you can purchase a book?



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um! And then you know. I know that you and Russ are also doing some talk so like if you're listening this and you want, you know, wanted to have a more in depth, conversation, or to have Russ and Jamie, or either one or the other, to lead a discussion for your family, or for your business, or whatever the the case may be of what some of the family business centers might be interested.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um, the you go out to their website. I think it's um the quest for legitimacy. Dot com is the website to be able to find Jamie and Russ in these conversations.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Thank you so much for your time.



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Jamie Weiner: God. This has been a treat. I got to learn about you out there and not just talk about me, which is always a beautiful thing. So thank you for the opportunity,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and i'm vulnerable, and I've made lots of mistakes, and I've done some good things. And so the only thing I have is the experience that I went through with my family, and it's probably one of the things that drives me most is that I made mistakes as a parent. I make mistakes as a son,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you know I watched mistakes being made in the family. But there's also, if you look at the scale of justice, so to speak, there's way more good that has happened



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: through all those things. But I definitely want to make sure that you know all the bad stuff that as much as I can to the degree that I can. I want to let my kids know that there were some things that you know. You don't have to do it that way. There's a better way of doing it. And, as Jay says,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: I want to be an elder, not an older. And so you know I will always be learning, and I will always be curious. Um!



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: And uh, it's not my place to determine their journey right. And so this conversation for me just has been super awesome because I I can't I? I have not read the book yet. I'm going to read the book so that I can take the experiences that you've had from these other



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: families, and be able to apply it to my own family, and how we do things, and then, obviously, the families that we serve,



00:59:17.940 --> 00:59:35.030

Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and you understand both the balance between financial wealth and it's about a lot more than that. It's a beautiful lesson.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: If we really, at the end of the day you've got three things. You have your physical wealth, your assets right



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: you've got your values, and how you live your life. And then you've got the knowledge of how you put all of that stuff together, and I and i'm sure there's some people would, you know, Throw in where's the relationships? And there was the social and all those things. But if you just looked at it as three assets that we carry inside of ourselves knowledge values, and you know financial as well.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: If you could only pick two



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: to give to your children, which two are you giving them?



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: And I would say, You know, way over ninety percent say, Well, I'm giving them my values and knowledge.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: But where do we put our financial assets? We always spend our time and our money on the financial assets, and how we're going to move those over to the kids,



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: and we really should be taking some time and some money to invest in. How are we transitioning the knowledge and the values? And we should be investing in those things, since that's what's really important to all of us.



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Jamie Weiner: We could talk a lot more about that. But you just said a mouthful and and and thank you for the gift.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Yeah, Jamie, you have been. I'm so glad that we did this. I'm: so glad to share this with the world. Everybody grab a copy of the quest for legitimacy and um enjoy Jamie Jamie Winger. I really appreciate your time today.



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Michael Palumbos ChFC, CBEC: Um! My name is Michael Columbus. This has been the family biz Show I'm in Rochester, New York with family wealth and legacy, and we can't wait to have you listen in on the next episode. Have a great day, Everybody.

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