Molly Holly was the latest guest on Chasing Glory with Lilian Garcia and Molly starts off the conversation by going into her faith, how she isn’t big on materialism and that making money has never been a huge goal for her. She also talks about how giving Beth Phoenix money to pursue wrestling was no big deal for her as the dollar holds little importance to her. Quotes from the first part of the interview are below:
(Transcription credit should go to @DominicDeAngelo for Wrestlezone.com)
Molly Holly on her original goal of being a Subway sandwich artist:
No, I chose being a sandwich artist at Subway as my goal. I’m dead serious. I was very anti-materialistic. I just saw all these people so money hungry and trying to drive these fancy cars. In my mind I just believed that the purpose of life is so much deeper than anything a degree or a paycheck could bring me and I know people say that even when I was 18, I was like 40, but I just really thought I could live a fulfilling purpose-filled life making $4.25 making sandwiches and I really felt like that’s what I was doing. I was okay. The money and prestige and stuff just like didn’t really matter.
On where that thought process came from:
So my dad is a blue collar worker, my mom was a housewife. I think that some of the negative things that I kind of absorbed from them was that wealthy people were greedy and evil, and the blue collar workers were the little man that got crapped on by the rich, whatever corporate people and that it’s really about hard work. So I think that somewhere in my mind that I think that wealth equaled evil, which of course, then I get into show business and I meet millionaires who are like some of the most loving, giving generous people, then I’m like, “oh, maybe my parents weren’t right,” but I think that part of it was that I thought that wealth was evil and the other part of it was that with my faith that I really did things on a spiritual level and I really do believe that our purpose doesn’t necessarily equate with a certain dollar amount.
On giving money away and helping out her friend Beth Phoenix:
I gave away 40% of my income and I felt guilty that I wasn’t giving away more because I knew that I could so other 20% I was investing in my retirement, but yes, so I at least gave away like 40% of my income while in show business, and I thought like, “Wow, this is like so cool that like I kind find out somebody that has a specific need, whether it’s a church that has a need or someone going through tough times with a health problem or a divorce or whatever and I can give money away and it doesn’t hurt me.
Even so, Beth Phoenix was like, “Oh, Nora paid for my pro wrestling.” It was like $2,000 which when you make a lot of money, it’s not that much when you’re making a lot and so, I thought, “Well of course I can give her $2,000, like that’s like one day’s wage or whatever.” It didn’t matter that much.
So now I’m saying, “Oh, money doesn’t have to be evil, it doesn’t have to mean greed.” Like making a lot of money, you can just bless more people.
More will be posted from this in-depth interview, but you can listen to the entire episode of Chasing Glory by going here.