In my role as the Director of Vendor Relations for Valmark Financial Group, I am committed to helping build a world class vendor service team and primarily responsible for managing our major custodial platforms and marketing Retirement Turnkey, Valmark’s comprehensive process for developing and managing retirement plans.
Quarterly Update - 2020 Q2
Nassim Nicholas Taleb said on twitter, "How you did in this pandemic, as a country, a village, a business, a group, or an individual, whether emotionally, economically, or morally, is an indication of how robust you are and how fit you will be for the next decades."
All things considered, I have many blessings to count, consider my position robust, and in many ways feel prepared for the coming decades. However, I shared in my last email Gus Tai's comments on inner variability and, at the time, I would have never guessed the variability we would face over the next 90 days. Mask or no mask? Herd immunity or protect the herd? Work from home or return to the office...
These questions don't even begin to scratch the surface of the dialogue we all shared this quarter. As it stands today, there are a few truths which have emerged and I would like to share a few:
Your time is your wealth. What if you had a year left to live? What if the person you last spoke to told you they had 90 days to live?
Some things are in our control and others not. Control the things you can control and don't worry about the rest. Worrying is praying for what you don't want!
Does your money allow you to live the way you want?
Are your beneficiaries setup?
Does your Dr. know who you are? Do they REALLY know you? And do they know your family history?
Do you have a living will and power of attorney setup?
Are you getting enough sleep?
Are you drinking enough water? Are you happy?
When negative things happen, be responsible for yourself. "It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat." - Theodore Roosevelt
Let go of your right to be offended. Quit spending so much time being offended. Make it a goal! You have bigger things to do in your life--like being happy and serving others--so get rid of the mental clutter of being offended.
Don't think less of yourself. Think of yourself less.