Opinion: Be the change you want to see in your community
Tribune Guest Columnist
Investing in community service has the greatest compounding returns. One of my Nic-isms that I constantly reinforce with my clients is “Control what you can control.”
We often find ourselves in this world being pushed and pulled by many forces around us. How much control do we have over these events? Life taught me that we can only control very little. I have discovered “Bucket 3” — you know the bucket that we can neither control nor influence. The best strategy for dealing with life when you find yourself stuck in Bucket 3 is just understanding that you are in it.
I encourage my clients to take more control over their personal finances, to plan for the future, and to remain focused on goals and dreams. One of the most important financial lessons I try and impart on my clients is “Ensure a portion of your income always is allocated towards your future expenses (both planned and unplanned) to keep you prepared for life’s inevitable ups and downs.”
If you replace a few words and broaden your scope, you construct — “Ensure a portion of your time and energy is always allocated towards your community; your friendships will bloom, your community will blossom, and you will create a place for the future where you want to remain.”
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While the words changed, the meaning did not. Sometimes you just need to take that first step; for others it is finding the strength to keep on going.
Lao Tzu reminds us that “If you do not change direction, you may end up where you are heading.”
Get out of your comfort zone, get involved, build fellowship and grow your community. Change does not manifest itself until the mind is ready and your actions follow. Be patient — goals and dreams are accomplished by discipline and hard work. This community has many clubs and service organizations that need and want your help. Find something you are passionate about, get involved, feel your heart grow, and be the change you want to see in the future.
That is in your control, isn’t it?
Nic Abelow is the professional development committee chair for the Tahoe Regional Young Professionals and active Rotarian. For comments, questions, or to find out more information on how to get involved contact Nic at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nic Abelow is a LPL Financial Advisor with Abelow, Pratt & Associates Financial Advisors and Wealth Management. Securities offered through LPL Financial, Member FINRA http://www.finra.org/ SIPC http://www.sipc.org.
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