Giving Up Millions For A Life of Peace
“Nothing exceeds like excess.”
That is one of my favorite film quotes of all times – it comes from Scarface, written by Oliver Stone. Oliver has taught this message in many of his films. It never came across as clearly as it did in Wall Street.
Charlie Sheen’s character, Buddy, was overwhelmed and attracted to the money, the power, the booze, the sex, the drugs, and the limelight – all of which came in excess and by the end of it all, he realized it came at a high price.
One thing that we never see at the end of Wall Street is Buddy’s sense of redemption. Yes, there was a bit of a crowd pleasing moment when he defeated the great Gordon Gecko. That merely means that he took the first step in going back to the doing the right thing.
What about his soul?
Just because he no longer has the financial success that he once had, it doesn’t necessarily mean that he isn’t rich – or even that he won’t be rich again. This time it’ll be different and on his own terms.
Of course now, we’re talking about a completely different individual.
Meet Rich Tola.
He was that hot shot Wall Street guy – more or less. The cool thing about Rich is that he wasn’t committing crimes.
Rich hit a total net worth of $10 million at the height of his career. His life was a cesspool of sex, booze and business deals. It all came easy to a young, good looking guy who sold stocks for Goldman Sachs and junk bonds for Drexel Burnham Lambert on Wall Street back in the 1980s.
So what was the catalyst for Rich’s change to a Zen based lifestyle?
“I had an epiphany one day while I was walking down the street.” Rich said. “I saw this sign that read ‘One Full Yoga session for $20.’ So, I went in and it changed my life. I started to meet people whose driving force in their lives was not their financial gains. Their lives were not dedicated to and all about the money. Their lives were about open-heartedness, being kind, compassionate and being in the present.”Continued on the next page