I’ve been working in the field of financial planning and associated areas for 10 years & there has only been a handful of days where I’ve really felt flat or vulnerable upon leaving the office. In the last 3 months it feels like the goal posts have slightly shifted.
You see, most of the work we do with our clients is fun & exciting – we give them the Freedom to say Yes to what matters most to them – first homes, holidays, investment properties & often just getting a grip on their finances.
But that’s not all we do, we help people pick up the pieces – when a loved one dies, sickness hits or things get financially hard. That’s when we do our best work.
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Recently it’s really hit me that no-one is bulletproof. It’s provided some tough moments, but equally it re-iterates why I love what Rising Tide stands for. In the last 3 months our community has been rocked by;
- A 30-something mum with 3 kids diagnosed with progressive bowel cancer
- 32-year-old guy killed in an instant in a car accident
- 43-year-old single mother of two told she will never work again due to a stroke
- A young mum left with 2 kids under 3, following her partners passing
- 29-year-old female diagnosed with a benign brain tumour
Sadly these are events are happening everyday, just not normally in such close proximity. They also coincide with more high-profile cases of Johnny Ruffo’s brain tumour & Port Adelaide football captain Robbie Gray’s testicular cancer diagnosis.
What I’ve learnt through the process of having conversations with those involved, is that dealing with these transitions is really hard – but more importantly that solid planning & a bit of effort provides peace of mind & freedom to those around us when they need it most.
Here’s a game plan that works;
- Share your financial situation with someone you trust – and write it down
- Spend $500 doing your will – otherwise, it’s just plain hard work if you die for someone you love.
- Get your superannuation & life insurance beneficiaries up to date – just because you want the money to go to a certain person or place, doesn’t mean it will.
- Get the right insurance – don’t just assume you have enough in your super
- If you have any type of loan – you need life insurance to clear it
- If you ever say ‘I love you’ to someone – you need more life insurance than just clearing debts
If you work – you need income protection to make sure the bills get paid
- Google ‘trauma cover’ – and get some – you’ll hate me while you pay it & love me when you claim
- Most importantly just get the ball rolling in regards to securing your financial position into the future – try the best you can to take the emotion out of it.
Most importantly just get the ball rolling in regards to securing your financial position into the future – try the best you can to take the emotion out of it.
If you know it’s still going to be at the top of the list come January one – drop us a line or give us a call and we can get someone to help over a coffee.
Then once it’s you can go back to listening to those Tigers fans who haven’t slept yet, & enjoying the Melbourne sun when it comes up.