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Why Are You Grateful

Posted by Josh Patrick

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When it comes to wealth management we often focus on financial wealth. It’s rare that we take a step back and think about all of the things that we should be grateful for.

Here’s my list. I’m hoping that you take a minute and email me here with your list.

I’m grateful that I followed Suzanne to Maine over and over again.

When I was dating Suzanne she got a promotion and was moved from Burlington, VT to Kittery, ME to run one of the most successful Bass Factory Outlet stores. It was a great promotion for Suzanne and could have easily ended our relationship.

Instead, I decided to go down and visit her a lot. While I was visiting we became closer and closer. Soon, it became obvious to me that she was the one for me.

It would have been easy for me to just let her go. I thought that wasn’t the best move and 32 years later we’re still married and very happy.

I’m very grateful for that.

I’m grateful that I have two adult children who are well on their way.

Too often I hear about how adult children of contemporaries of ours still haven’t become adults. I’m grateful that both of our kids are doing well or as my father loves to say, “Living the good life.”

It’s so nice to visit them and see that their lives are full and filled with friends and family that love them and they love. I don’t think parents can ask for more than this.

I’m grateful I got cancer when I did.

I bet you’re wondering why I would ever be grateful for getting cancer. I’m not really grateful for getting cancer, just for when I got it.

If my cancer had appeared five years earlier than it did, there would be a very good chance I wouldn’t be here today. The advances in treating the type of cancer I have made it possible for me to be alive and for that I’m very grateful.

I’m grateful that I sold my vending business when I did.

I sold my vending company because it was either start cheating customers or sell the business. I’m grateful that there was a buyer waiting in the wings who wanted to own the business more than I did. If there wasn’t I’m reasonably sure I would have a full on business disaster that ended in bankruptcy.

Nothing good has happened in the vending industry in the 20 years since I sold the business. I’m so happy that I managed to get out with no debt and a little capital to start over again.

I’m grateful for choosing the wealth management business as a second career.

When I left the vending business there were 3 different business opportunities I was considering. I’m grateful I choose the industry and business that I did.

I’ve met wonderful people, had the privilege of working with some of the best people in the world, been able to create a business that I love and managed to make a decent living. There isn’t much more than I could ask for when it comes to having a great career.

Have you noticed something about this list?

I hope what you’ve noticed there is almost nothing that’s related to how much wealth or managing the wealth that I have. I’ve come to believe that if you manage the right things in your life, wealth will take care of itself.

What about you? What’s your belief about wealth? What have you done to manage it? Click here to send me an email and let me know.

 

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