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What is one thing you learned from your parents about money?
One major thing I learned about money was the unpredictability of it. Both of my parents came from extreme poverty, and now they are very successful. So they really reinforced that just because you don’t have money, doesn’t mean that there is something wrong with you. Sometimes a system sets people up for failure, so you kind of have to be cautious about how you proceed.
Are your parents in Seattle now?
Yes. My father grew up in the ’50s in Detroit, and he watched the city burn, which is why he’s very cautious.
What do they do?
Both my parents are doctors, and that was the thing that brought them out of their situations. But the state was the thing that really helped them with their goals. They got some kind of scholarships for older people going to college; it helped them go to school. So money can be unpredictable, but they are very grateful for those opportunities that came along.
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