Five Days in December

Five Days in December
03 Nov 2016

This weekend, my dad and I started preparing for the hunting season. We’ve been hunting for deer, turkey, pheasant and duck since I can remember. Once, he told me that he’d take me along until I gave him a reason not to take me, so I’ve learned to enjoy the time more and more. As a matter of fact, as I’ve gotten older, I’ve found this is almost less about the hunting and more about the life lessons I’ve been able to learn from him.

This last weekend, we built a deer blind. In the past, we’ve purchased portable and pop-up blinds…anything to give us cover. And then comes the storm…wind, rain snow, wind…did I mention wind? The next thing you know, there goes the blind AND the $100s we sunk into purchasing said blind and cover.  This year, we decided to build a permanent blind. However, with two small kids, I have to prioritize my time correctly, you know what I mean? It’s the reward of five days in December versus the hours and hours of time and effort required to create something to help make us successful.

This got me thinking about my professional life and how I help people with financial planning. This fit right in to everything I had learned over the years. My financial planning ideals were the lesson I learned from Dad. Over the years, we’ve spent countless hours scouting the perfect place for a blind, watching the deer, understanding their movements, and building the perfect blind in the perfect place just to be successful. We’ve purchased the right ammunition, the right guns, had them sighted properly and all of this for five days in December.

How many people aren’t willing to do the hard work necessary to cover the little details? Hunting, music, sports…all of these require hours of practice and behind the scenes efforts before the results go live. It’s the same with a financial plan. All of the hard work you can put in will not only go to make you successful for your “five days in December, “ but for your retirement long into the future.


Matt Westberry

As an independent financial professional, Matthew R. Westberry’s goal is to help you create a personalized investment plan that is unique to your situation, attitude and goals. He is dedicated to building long term relationships and providing continued service to ensure that your objectives are met. Matt takes a personalized approach with his clients, he will sit down at your kitchen table, take the complex issues facing retirees & pre-retirees and put together a comprehensive, easy to understand plan that will help you achieve your financial goals. Matt graduated from Coe College in 2005 where he majored in Business Administration and Economics. Matt is currently enrolled in The American College of Financial Services Certified Financial Program. He believes that continuing his education benefits both him and his clients. Matt is currently an Investment Advisor Representative with Cambridge Investment Research, Inc. He holds the series 6, 7, 63 and 65 licenses as well as accident, health and life insurance licenses. Matt currently resides in Marion, IA with his wife Cassandra and son Landry.