Lesson 18

Lesson 18: BHFM and The Stoic Advisor

Weekly Habits for Success - Daily Task to The Habits for Success

“If your soul be habitually in practice, you will plead and teach, listen and learn, investigate and meditate. What more is necessary?” —Seneca

Did you know that the formal language of philosophy was Greek. That’s the language Marcus Aurelius used when musing about philosophy, rather than in his native tongue of Latin. Were the writings of Marcus that unusual?. Unusual in that he wrote his musings constantly? Believe it or not, no. It was a very common practice in the ancient world.

In Frank McLynn’s biography of Marcus Aurelius he notes that: “By this time the previous bilingualism of the educated classes was becoming uncommon, with Greek and Latin cultures diverging... Marcus was not really a master of the Greek language… [but] Philostratus, who saw some of Marcus’s letters that have not survived, said they always conveyed precision and clarity.”

Take into consideration that Marcus didn’t even start writing what would become his masterpiece, Meditations, until he was in his 50’s. And what’s so interesting to me is that Marcus felt that he wasn’t a master of philosophy, let alone a master of Greek Language, the new language that he had to master in order to write in the language of the philosophers.

What does all this mean? Well, you should be moving nicely down the path of mastering your new skills that we’ve got you working on this month. To build even more momentum in your personal and professional growth, we want you to add another complementary skill to your repertoire and practice it for 15 minutes per day as well.

If you’re playing the piano, learn how to become an expert at reading music. Learning to speak a new language? Why not learn how to write in that language.

Are you spending time diving into the training videos on the BHFM site? Spend an additional five minutes per day watching them. Want to increase your marketing? Call Ben Quinney or your BHFM consultant about what you need to prepare to do next.

Learning complementary skills is vitally important to your personal and professional growth - way more important than sitting down and watching TV tonight (or any night for that matter). It’s time to start making deep changes in who you are as a person, as a parent, as a friend, as a professional, as a boss, as a financial advisor, as someone who is running the exact business that they want.

Listen to what Scott Adams, the artist behind the comic Dilbert, has to say: “All you need to succeed is to be good at a number of skills that fit well together.” In his book How To Fail At Almost Everything and Still Win Big, Adams describes the concept of “talent stacking.” The idea behind talent stacking is that the benefit of new skills increases as you learn more and more related ones.

Think about that for a moment. Talent stacking. What a wonderful concept! Adams further says, “Success-wise, you’re better off being good at two complementary skills than being excellent at one.”

Great news! BHFM is going to help you be the best that you can be as a financial advisor. But to do that, you have to help us help you. You have got to find complementary skills and “stack your talents”.

Let’s face it, we’d all like to be the Tiger Woods of financial advising, right (well, Tiger in his prime)? But that is just not realistic. Tiger had a golf club in his hand since he was able to walk. For most of us, that path to success is now closed forever.

Therefore, we have to take a different path - the path of improving competency by adding complementary skills to our repertoire. So let’s get reasonably good at a number of things so that we can be great at one thing - building the exact business that you want!

If you follow our advice, your life will change! We are trying to help you build a snowball effect with your skill sets. It only gains momentum from here if you follow our advice.

The life you dream of is waiting for you to come to claim it. But it will be there for you if you are worthy of it. Follow our advice and become worthy!

NEW HABIT: Add another complementary skill to the one that you’re working on now.

NEW TASK: Spend 15 minutes per day working on that skill.