A little over a year ago, I decided to grow a beard. And, more than just about anything I've done over the past 5 or 6 years, it has gotten a lot of questions—such as “What’s the deal with the beard?” Since it is relevant to what I'm trying to do personally and professionally, I thought I’d address it.
Live Your Dream
At Integral Wealth, our motto is “Live your dream.” At the end of the day, that is what I hope to help people pursue through our planning process. To live the life they want. To have the adventures they dream of. To help their family, friends, and community as much as they can. To live as the truest version of themselves possible.
Regrets, I’ve Had a Few…
Over the past two decades, I have had the honor of helping many families with various aspects of their financial planning, wealth management, and investment management. I view each person I’ve worked with as a mini biography and have learned so much. One thing that makes me sad is when someone expresses regret or remorse over something they didn’t do, or, waited too long to start doing because of some fear:
- I wish we had traveled more with the kids when they were home with us
- I wish I had taken better care of my health
- I wish I had gone on that hiking adventure
- I always wanted to read this, learn that, do that…
Most of the things I’ve heard people regret not doing were within their power and means to do, but some fear just held them back. Something kept them from saying “yes” to that dream that kept whispering to them throughout their lives.
What's This Have to Do with a Beard?
What does all this have to do with a beard, you ask? Well, in the past five years, after losing my mom, my stepdad, my dad, and getting a divorce, I have had a reframed perspective that’s led me to making some very conscious decisions in my life. I moved into a condo because I decided that I was done dealing with lawn maintenance and gutters. I built the main pieces of furniture in my home from reclaimed architectural pieces, simply because I wanted to and it was fun. My boys and I made financial decisions to cut certain expenses out of our lives. Instead, we used that money for adventures that have created lifetime memories I will always cherish. I said “yes” to trying improv and have met some of the best friends I have ever had. I traveled to Sicily with my boys and saw the birth home of my Grandfather who was born there in 1901. And finally, last year I said “yes” to having a beard. Simply because I wanted to.
My industry is crowded with people who look, dress, and sound the same. My clients are entrepreneurs, dreamers, and creators...and so am I.
I’m working hard to create a service that is truly different. One that helps people work toward building the lives they want. That uses money as a tool and means to an end, but is not the end. That helps people live lives of meaning, beauty, and joy.
The opinions voiced in this material are for general information only and are not intended to provide specific advice or recommendations for any individual.