• Ali Assareh

Teach kids life, not just math!

Throwback to my junior associate days in New York City!


I took pride in how I dressed.


The “uniform” was part of my growing up: learning what to wear where, when, and how.


A small kid in a big city, soaking it all in — the suits, the offices, the deals, the private dinners & dining rooms, the black cars, the lingo — bps! indemnities! LIBOR!


Slowly, then quickly, I got caught up hard in the vortex.


I had made it onto the Wall Street bull, but without the skills necessary to ride.


Skills like financial management, anxiety management, loneliness management.


I fell off the bull. Hard.


I came back home to California, and rebuilt my life.


I met my wife and got married.


I made studying those skills a priority, then a habit.


I made peace with myself. I loved myself again.


I wish for a day when all kids are taught basic life skills, at least as rigorously as they’re taught math & English.


Amen.




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