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Oct 29, 2005 3:06 pm
Well since Tjc 45 has come out  and opened up. I will do the same. In 1997 my dad was diagnosed with cancer , I did not know how serious it was. At the time I was busy working quite a bit and spending time with my fiancee. My dad would ask me to take him on errands I would come to pick him up and he would talk to me. The only problem was while he was talking I was thinking about work and other things. I was always in a hurry and never really took the time to embrace what was happening. He died in Jan, 1998 the day of his 70th birthday.My life began to unravel, I became ill and things literally went downhill. This haunted me for years. Fast forward to 2005 . Today I work for the Government in Az helping people get proper Medical benefits. I still work as a broker parttime with a book of about 150 clients. Some people have given me flak about promoting individual stocks in the Silver and Gold sector. The reason why I do it is because I believe that it is an undiscovered sector by the general public.And they are in general undervalued. (Especially Silver) There will come a day when I recommend my clients sell these stocks and move to a different sector. The point is I work with clients that have their long term money elsewhere and they come to me for individual stock ideas. I leave the long term estate planning , insurance , and buy and hold retirement planning to you guys. I like it that way. I do my own research and make my recommendations. I put on a seminar/business mixer every quarter where I present. Most of my business comes from referrals and these events. I am much happier today I have 3 kids and get to spend time with them. I have a good job that helps people and my enjoyment of the stock market has become a nice second business. The bottom line is if you want to be a million dollar producer there is NOTHING wrong with that. Whatever works for you . My mom is gettin older and I don't want to make the same mistake twice. Whether you work 4 0r 14 hours a day as long as you do the right thing , thats all that matters
Oct 29, 2005 6:47 pm

Rader, I fully agree with what your comments about doing the right thing and keeping this crazy business in perspective with the rest of your life.

My comments re your heavy weighting in precious metals is merely that you might want to think twice before 'betting your book' on a sector!

Good luck to you either way.....and enjoy those kids!

Nov 1, 2005 4:01 pm

Rader, I lost my mother to cancer in 1998. My father died in 1992. He fell over like a tree. Doctors said he was probably dead before he hit the ground. Unlike mom who died a truly cruel death. Brain cancer is merciless. In our society the loss of parents doesn't get it's due. Parents are expected to pass before we do as part of the natural cycle of life. If only that made it any easier.

Good point about how you run your business. So much of what's written here is taken out of context. You've found a niche that isn't being addressed by the wealth management firms in our industry. Obviously, it's working for you and your clients.