Failure Is An Illusion
Do you feel like a failure?
Well, don't. We all experience losses....
I posted these declination emails because I was inspired by a young man by the name of Matthew Harrington who recently reached out to me about how to get into the financial industry.
And in Christian fashion, not only did I tell him about my process and some possibilities, I wanted to show him the reality of it. ✝️
Anyone can make things exciting.
They can tell you about the money and the status.
But many don't tell you about the mental battles.
They don't tell you about the long nights questioning a career change.
They don't tell you about that little bit of insecurity as your peers seem to be winning day after day, as you struggle to book a consultation.
So I wanted to let him know and you all who may be in the same situation...you are not alone.
Success Doesn't Eliminate Failure
Even with a popular podcast. A successful firm with a clear message and unique process, even I get rejected.
Some are polite. Some are short. Some try to let you down easy, and some can care less.
But I want this young man to know that failure and losses don't go away, they just get easier to deal with.
First they hurt, then the sting goes away.
Then you get numb to them.
Then you laugh at them.
And then you reach a level, where you consider it their loss and don't mind sharing with friends.
At that point, you know your value, and it is just unfortunate that they didn't see it. But that's okay. You both will move on.
Failure and No's are not reflections of WHO YOU ARE but of the skill set you currently possess.
Never take a 'No' personal.
They are just part of the job. Use them to identify weaknesses in your skillset and work on strengthening them.
That way when a new opportunity comes...you are ready. 🙏🏾
It is not about a single win or loss. It is about a career.
An NBA player can have 6 straight losing seasons and win a single championship and what do we call them?
That's right! A CHAMPION🏆
You Are a Winner
The finance industry is similar. It is not something you master, it is something you participate in.
We all have our own win and loss-record.
Life is the same.
That is why you have to stay true to who you are or your life will be as volatile as the market.
Here are the 4 steps of a successful financial life:
👉🏽Start. Sustain. Optimize. and Retire
The first step is the hardest.
The middle two are what you will do most of the time and need to get good at.
And the last step tells the world, you had enough.
As long as you are sustaining and optimizing, you will always be on the path to success!
So don't feel like a failure. It is never too late to optimize and change your ways!
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About Financial Advisors Say The Darndest Things Podcast:
As Christians, we were taught to be good stewards over our tithing and giving to the less fortunate. But when it came to our personal finances and investing we were left clueless on what the Bible says. What does the Bible say about managing debt, leaving a legacy, investing, and planning for your retirement? Mr. Christian Finance answers these and many other questions because we want to teach you how to become rich and righteous!
Meet the Guest A.B. Ridgeway:
A.B. Ridgeway, MBA (firstname.lastname@example.org) is the owner and Christian Financial Advisor with A.B. Ridgeway Wealth Management. With a decade in the finance industry, his goal is to give believers clarity around the most confusing topic in the Bible, money, and tithing. A.B. Ridgeway helps tithing Christians become cheerful givers but unlocking their money-making potential, so they can prosper and be the great stewards of the wealth God has entrusted them with.