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.