I don’t regard what I do as rocket science, but I do regard what I do as life changing…sure my days don’t have me sitting around a table with doctors and scientists finding the ultimate cure to cancer, but I still believe that my work is great and I love what I do.
I have seen first-hand the great work that correct financial planning bares. Unfortunately, I lost my mother to breast cancer when I was 10 years old and 3 years later I lost my father in a tragic hunting accident. My mom had put in place life cover, income protection and dreaded disease cover before she fell ill. The income protection and dread disease cover assisted significantly while she fought the cancer battle for 3 solid years, in & out of remission. For my family, not having the financial pressure on top of an already very stressful period, is something that I think those who raised me at the time are really thankful for. On her passing, her life cover enabled me to attend a well-established high school, as well as fund overseas vacations and enjoy life’s experiences – it even paid for my first motorbike when I was 16, and my deposit on my first house. My mother’s careful planning has allowed me to live out the dreams and goals that she had for me. It has also provided me with a profession which allows me to help those with whom I come in contact. I am inspired to inform my clients of the importance of careful planning.
I often ponder how different my life would be if my mom, hadn’t put the correct cover in place for an event that no-one could have anticipated. I no doubt would have been a financial burden on the uncles, aunts and gran that cared for me from the age of 13- possibly the most expensive time of a child’s life as they enter the high school and varsity era.
I see on a weekly basis the devastation that is caused from a sudden death, disability, retirement, and even theft, floods, fire and destruction and yet I also see how the correct cover can turn a usually devastating situation into one that brings peace and gratification.
Usually a financial advisor needs to wait for his or her first death claim in order to experience this industry’s power, and then refocus his energy on putting his or her client’s needs ahead of his own commission payment. I have felt it since the age of 10 and I am testimony to how it touches and changes lives. I truly am passionate about what I do.