Loneliness After Sudden Wealth

After three decades of being employed as a flight attendant, Sandy Stein hit the jackpot at last. At the age of 53, Stein invented the finders key purse. This is a tool that hooks onto a handbag and makes it easy to get out your keys rather than having to dig for them. During that year, she was able to pay cash for a fancy car, hired her first employees and made $4m in sales. A dream scenario in a lot of ways. However, to Stein’s surprise, all the success led to loneliness at home. A divorce — her husband who had always been the main breadwinner grew resentful of Stein’s sudden success, she says. And several of Stein’s friendships were...

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