Found Poetry from Anthony Scaramucci’s 2010 Memoir Goodbye Gordon Gekko

By Matt Seybold

“Day One”

I pride myself on being able to make a first impression.
It may not be a good one, but an impression nonetheless.

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“Day Two”

Stuff happens. Never have truer words been spoken.

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“Day Three”

His eyes are dancing over your shoulder,
Darting to cover the rest of the room.
He is Windexing you:
Your face is like a sheet of glass…

The Windexer is a
social-climbing,
status-conscious,
status-anxious sort.

Never, ever let it be you.
Never.
Ever.
Has it been me?

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“Day Four”

If you have to be an avaricious ass to make your money, okay,
Now you are king of the mountain –
But let me ask you, who are you going to share your success with?
Sycophants and suck-ups?

Be a jerk,
Get rich,
Hang out with jerks,
Be miserable
Never know why you’re miserable
When you have everything on your want list,

And die empty.

Think about the evildoers who fall:
Their false friends always evacuate.

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“Day Five”

The mistake I have sometimes made is
that I have befriended a few eyeball rippers
and thought that they were actually my friends.

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“Day Six”

Don’t spend time in the nasty gossip zone.

I don’t know why, but people love to gripe
and find reasons to put each other down.

Sometime we feel we have to be in the group of carpers
so that people will accept us into their clique.

Don’t let this be you.

It is destructive and poisonous to be part of the negative cabal.
Avoid it — even if that makes you seem snooty or uppity to certain people.

You don’t have to fit into the crowd
if the crowd is a bunch of losers.

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“Day Seven”

Think post-tribal.

America is a land that is consistently moving
toward a post-tribal way of life.

It is setting an example for the future.

Hopefully someday we will be looked at
as creating the precursor for the post-tribal world.

One tribe, the human tribe.
One race, the human race.

That would be the apotheosis
of teamwork.

We can do this.

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“Day Eight” 

If you spend 80 hours a week acting like a ruthless moron,
You can’t just turn it off when you go home.

Your darkness comes through the door with you
And so does your diabolical callousness.

You may get rich, but you will be filled with acid and acrimony.
How could that be worth it?

Screw enough people and the karma police come
and take out all of your flesh.

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“Day Nine”

 When you look to your left,
and they you look to your right,
and suddenly you realize that everyone around you
is plainly a lot better than you.

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“Day Ten”

The big trick in life if figuring out
your need for personal glory
And balancing it with
your ability to get along within your team
And be a contributing member.

I have painfully watched people not deal well
with the success of others

Don’t let it be you.

You should also be there for your boss
Or colleagues
when they fail.

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