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Nov 13, 2009 9:39 pm

Curious to know how many of you view what we do for a living. Is it a job in which your earnings will provide for other avenues? Is it your career that you want to do for 40 years? Is it your calling and you feel you are on earth to help people with their investments, etc?

Nov 13, 2009 9:44 pm

I'm paid very well to help people with an essential service in an industry that has always fascinated me.

Nov 14, 2009 9:58 am

I guess I am asking because there are times when I feel I am making a difference and there are times when I look at a prospect/client and I know they are a lost cause.

Nov 14, 2009 10:09 am

True. You can't save them all.

Nov 14, 2009 10:18 am
Ron 14:

True. You can't save them all.



 
 
You can if they are your clients their hole life.
Nov 14, 2009 10:26 am

Nice whole/hole.

Well some people don't listen right from the start and I don't wrestle with them. They either agree or not. I try not to convince. I explain what they should do and if they don't then I move on to someone who values my advice.
Nov 14, 2009 10:40 am
Ron 14:

Nice whole/hole.

Well some people don't listen right from the start and I don't wrestle with them. They either agree or not. I try not to convince. I explain what they should do and if they don't then I move on to someone who values my advice.


 
 
Brutal game by Cutler on Thursday.  Sorry couldn't resist.
Nov 14, 2009 10:48 am

It was. 5 picks is unacceptable.

Nov 14, 2009 10:53 am
Jebediah:
Ron 14:

Nice whole/hole.

Well some people don't listen right from the start and I don't wrestle with them. They either agree or not. I try not to convince. I explain what they should do and if they don't then I move on to someone who values my advice.








Brutal game by Cutler on Thursday. Sorry couldn't resist.





I'm playing against him in my FF league this week. Sweet!



To answer the original question, the longer I'm in this business the more I enjoy going to work. That's mainly because I don't deal with people that don't want to be saved anymore. My clients appreciate what I do and now that the market is going in the right direction....things are good.



Last year at this time.....I don't think anyone was enjoying this business!    If you made it through that, you should appreciate the good times much more than you ever did before.

Nov 14, 2009 12:17 pm

My dad went out every morning with a jackhammer. So I view what I do -- sitting in a nice office, drinking coffee and talking to people about their hopes, dreams and goals, and then recommending investments and service to help them out, as very pleasant work.
It's also something that you can do forever. Investment professionals often are still working well into their 80s.


Nov 14, 2009 12:25 pm

I originally came to this career because my previous career provided very little if anything to society. The longer I am in this the more I become worried about numbers and assets etc. and I focus less and less on my original purpose.

Nov 14, 2009 1:07 pm
Ron 14:

I originally came to this career because my previous career provided very little if anything to society. The longer I am in this the more I become worried about numbers and assets etc. and I focus less and less on my original purpose.







Ron,



That's the bank talking. Once you have a chance to exit and go Indy, you'll realize you can focus on your original purpose. I know this, because 6 months ago, I thought the same way you do now.

Nov 14, 2009 1:09 pm

I can't wait for that day!

Nov 14, 2009 1:59 pm
Ron 14:

Nice whole/hole.

Well some people don't listen right from the start
 
Oh yeah, the people that actually have money
Nov 14, 2009 2:02 pm
Ron 14:

I originally came to this career because my previous career provided very little if anything to society.

 
Some things will never change
 
 
Nov 14, 2009 2:56 pm
Ron 14:

I can't wait for that day!

 
Don't hold your breath buckwheat.
Nov 14, 2009 3:30 pm

Ron, sell more insurance if you want to make a difference.  

Nov 14, 2009 3:46 pm

I have a mental picture of ron spewing his feelings in a Michael Jackson voice.

Nov 14, 2009 5:09 pm

Keep talking Natenberg. When does the book come out ?

Nov 14, 2009 6:11 pm

No book required. I already told you how to make $$ with very low risk. I guess you need to learn how to select a stock first. May want to consider learning a new trick Gandhi. The new rules I've been reading about may just put you out of business.