Cut to the quick

For many years before I founded The Inheritance Project I felt bad about myself for living on money I hadn’t earned. Then I wrote (with my co-author) The Legacy of Inherited Wealth: Interviews with Heirs. The books started to sell, and the praise followed. But I discovered how painfully I could be undercut by atttitudes toward inheritors. Here is an example. One day I ran into Maureen, a social worker I knew only slightly but who I admired. She knew about my inheritance. She asked me what I was doing and I told her about the book. Her response: “Oh, that’s nice. It keeps you busy.” That response cut me to the quick, and the pain lingered for a long time.