Are You a Finance Industry High Achiever?

goals and high achieversI was listening to Garrison Keillor on NPR a few weekends ago and it reminded me of a prospective client who contacted me about coaching some time ago.

If you don’t listen to NPR, Garrison Keillor is the host of A Prairie Home Companion. I always chuckle at the end of the show when Garrison Keillor says, “Well, that’s the news from Lake Wobegon, where all the women are strong, all the men are good looking, and all the children are above average.”

We live in a world where high achievers are compensated according to their best efforts. Whether you have your own financial advisory practice, you’re in investment management, or you are a finance career professional, if you take the initiative to learn and grow your skills, more than likely your compensation will increase.

We are not ALL above average.

There are those who prefer to coast in life, never reaching for more. Never yearning for a better life. You know who these people are: they are the ones who just do the bare minimum to get by.

They just “show up” and nothing more. They are happy with what they get and they shy away from activities that involve any degree of risk. Or, perhaps they constantly complain about their lot in life, yet they do nothing to change.

High achievers are goal-oriented individuals who continuously strive for self-improvement. Once a goal has been achieved, a new goal is set. Once a target has been met, a new target is selected.

  • Are you a high achiever?
  • What’s the biggest goal you’ve ever achieved?
  • If you set your sights on achieving one big goal this year, what would it be?

As you reflect on the answers to these questions, think about where you want to go with your life. What would make you happiest?

Back to the prospective client: He was at a point in his career where he had to make decisions about how to grow his income. We spoke via phone so that I could get a better idea of what he was looking to do with coaching.

Have you ever met someone who was successful in spite of themself? Well, this person was a good example. It turned out that he was looking for the easy way out. He did not want to expend any effort and he looked to me to make introductions and create magic so that he could achieve his goals.

I had to be honest and tell him that high achievers look for the right way to do something, not the easy way.

As it turned out, I declined to work with this client because: any goal worth achieving has thought, vision, strategies, and decisions that require work!


“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” Thomas Edison

Are you a high achiever? What do you do to stay on top?


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