This week marks a bit of a milestone for me. On Thursday I turn the big 4.0. Between all the celebrations – in fact, we’re calling this whole month the Festival of Tats – I couldn’t help but notice that my 40th year is nothing like I imagined.
Where did I see myself at 40? Not working as a financial adviser, that’s for sure! And I definitely didn’t think I’d be a business-owner either.
When I was in school, I was pretty good at science and maths (Rob still finds this hard to believe) so the natural progression for me was to do a science degree.
After uni, I fell into the business world. I became focused on building a career and ‘climbing the corporate ladder’. Finance came fairly easy to me, but what I really enjoyed was the people-side of my work, so I started pursuing a future in sales. There was an obvious series of progressions to be made and I just kept following them.
Fast-forward to my 33rd year and I had what you might call a ‘light-bulb moment’. Working in the financial services industry, I saw the difference that having the right life insurance in place can make to people’s lives and I knew I wanted to be a bigger part of that. After 33 years and countless work/Iife decisions, I finally realised what it was that I wanted to do.
After that, my path was pretty clear. I went from following the well-worn corporate track to focusing on doing something I was truly passionate about. Within two years I had started my own financial advice business and the rest, as you know, is history.
So, is this where I was supposed to be at 40? Yes, and no. It might not be where I thought I’d be, but being an adviser is absolutely the best career choice I ever made. Ultimately, it’s not about what age you are when you figure out what you want to do, it’s about what you do once you figure it out. Don’t worry about how long it did (or didn’t) take you to get to your ‘light-bulb moment’ – just be inspired by the fact you have a goal to focus yourself on. It’s never too late to get started on your dreams.
Now, let the Festival of Tats begin!