“Why do we fall sir? So that we can learn to pick ourselves up.” – Alfred in Batman Begins
I have truly come to believe that one of the largest differences between those who succeed and those who fail, given the same general set of circumstances, is that those who succeed kept showing up to do the work where the ones who quit, because of a setback, are the ones who failed.
You may have noticed that there was no newsletter in the last couple of weeks. I know many of you were dying with anticipation and I appreciate it, lol. The truth is, I don’t find writing easy nor do I think I am particularly skilled at it. I do it because I feel that I do have something to say that can help people whether they are clients or not.
I feel that, while I can’t be in front of my clients as much as I would like, this continues to give insight into the type of person they are trusting with their financial future. For those thinking of working with me, you can get insight into me as a person and figure out if my personality works with yours. I understand I am not everybody’s cup of tea.
This takes us to the last few weeks. Yes, the holidays came up, there were other things to do, the end of the year was very full with my clients, but at the end of the day, I did not prioritize writing.
Side note, I hate the terminology I was too busy. I wasn’t too busy if I made it a priority it would have gotten done, I CHOSE to do other things. Since it is not natural for me and because there is some fear around it (we all fear, at least a little bit, doing things we are not good at) I pushed it off. Then once I broke the habit of writing, it became easier to push it off.
The only way to get better at things is to do them. We have all heard of the 10,000-hour rule made famous by Malcolm Gladwell. While it’s not entirely accurate, there is some truth to it. Very few people are virtuoso’s to begin with. It is a constant practice, hard work, and determination that gets us to where we want to go. When we experience setbacks, like the one I had with writing over the last few weeks, we must pick ourselves back up and become our very own Batman!
I would like to give a shout out to David Perell and the members of Advisors Growth Community who were part of a discussion I had this week that motivated me to get back on track with my writing. They helped me pick myself up and focus on this very important task in my life.
This lesson can be applied to many areas of your life including your financial life! You may have big goals, difficult goals, goals that you have gotten off track from. You may not be very good at saving, planning, or numbers. You may feel intimidated by investing, financial instruments, or planning concepts. It can be a scary trip with lots of peril involved.
The great thing is that if you continue to work on it, I am sure you can accomplish just about whatever you set your mind to. If you are off the path you have mapped out, there is no better time than now to get back on track. The other great thing is you don’t have to do it alone. You can hire a professional to be your “financial Sherpa” as you scale the Mount Everest of life. I have an accountant, some lawyers, and a host of other professionals that help me with areas of my life that I need help with. There is no shame in needing help.
Half the challenge in reaching your goals is showing up every day.