“It’s wise to enjoy work.” Said my mentor. Then he asked, “What do you do?”
“Do?” I repeated like a parrot.
“You must do something with your life,” he said.
“Well,” I replied slowly, “I’ve worked at odd jobs, trying this and that. But, I’m frustrated!” I spat with disgust.
Patiently, he responded, “Seeking different kinds of work has been continually frustrating.”
“Yes!” I said with relief that he understood.
“Wandering job to job allows you to pick up a variety of skills, learn various philosophies of work, and broadened your experience,” he affirmed.
“It’s true,” I said.
“But, frustration is inevitable for a job seeker because each enterprise in the marketplace reflects the leader.” He said. "Pay attention. Wisdom cries out in the marketplace. Learn to acquire knowledge, observe trends, and choose a vocation for yourself.”
“Do you mean I need to get another job?” I spat regretfully.
“Chris, work generates revenue. Since you have no inheritance or money set by, working for your employer can establish a solid foundation to create or buy an enterprise of your own. What do you like to do?”
I answered, “I like to help people,” visualizing how I’ve listened to and acted on behalf of my employers in the past.
“It seems financial services would fit you well.” My mentor affirmed with genuine insight, “You enjoy helping people and you’re determined to learn how to build wealth.”
“What do you mean?” I replied.
“Financial services became a prevalent term in the United States because the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999, empowered financial institutions including banks, brokerage companies, credit unions, insurance companies, investment companies, and trust companies to merge as wealth management organizations. While there are great financial institutions around the world, the field is broad enough for ethical individuals to help the public. Furthermore, the Internet Age has allowed easy access to financial information. However, this generation has a strong demand for wisdom. Few people realize that we’re at the beginning of the golden age of personal financial planning. It’s a growing field with broad economic activities. It seems like a good fit for you to learn while you earn,” he smiled.
“You have impressive knowledge about financial services,” I remarked.
“I didn’t intend to impress you, Chris.” My mentor said, “Simply, to impress upon you the important issues you must consider before investing time and wage-earning skills in a business or occupation. Indeed, these are issues to consider before devoting any resource to any enterprise.”
Glancing at his wristwatch, standing slowly, and sliding a five dollar bill on the table, he smiled, "Buddy, I'm gonna meet my sweetheart. See you next week?"
With a big smile I replied, "Same time, same place."
Chris Bryant is an American financial advisor.