Okay – tell the truth. Even though it can sting a little…don’t you find you appreciate honest, good quality feedback? There are very few people who give us straight advice about anything…especially finances. How am I doing? Could I do better? What needs improvement?
In short, many of us need a Simon Cowell.
I find it kind of painful to watch many of the auditions for shows like American Idol. If you think about it, doesn’t this kind of sum up the average American – Dancing – With – The Voice – Talent contestant’s thought pattern:
- Decide that it’s easier to work your way through a competition than to pay your dues and learn your craft.
- Fail miserably (and publicly) because you weren’t ready for prime time.
- Blame the judges for not seeing the unique talent that is you.
That might sound harsh…but notice the contestants who make it through the audition process and even go on to win. Hear their story. Usually, they’re the ones who came to the show most prepared.
Imagine you’re going to perform for Simon Cowell:
Shouldn’t you make sure you’re absolutely polished before the show? What will you do to make sure you’re ready?
You’re going to hone your craft until you know every inflection, every note of the performance. By the time you’re finished, you’ll even know what the writer was thinking when they wrote the song. You won’t just sing it…if you’re ready, you’ll feel it.
When it comes to financial planning, it’s the same. (more…)