“It wasn’t a Madoff thing, but the effect was just the same.”
Words forever etched in my mind and words that haunt me daily.
In what feels like another lifetime, I worked at a well-respected fee-only financial planning practice. This practice gave me the opportunity to find my calling and my passion. I learned what it meant to be deeply committed to working in the interest of others and to taking ownership of my responsibilities to others.
Unfortunately, those things were not enough to protect clients from irreparable and devastating harm. Unfortunately, none of those things taught me the most important lesson. Unfortunately, none of my learning including an understanding of the heavy burden each of us in the financial planning world carries.
Hopefully, this piece can reach a few of you and help you understand the burden well, and help you better serve and protect the clients you work for.