I have recently been introduced by my wife and daughter to the newest toy craze sweeping the country. No, beanie babies are not making a comeback, and you will not be waiting in line at Christmas for the latest and greatest doll. The latest craze is little pieces of plastic called Shopkins.
525,600 minutes! That’s how much time is in 1 year. I could have used twice that amount as I was getting Thorium up off the ground. I can’t believe it has already been a year! What a wild and crazy ride it has been but I have survived year number 1. It has not been without its opportunities, excitement, and challenges and upon reflection I now understand so many of the business lessons I had read in books or heard from other experienced entrepreneurs. I understand them now because I have lived so many of them. In honor of that I am going to share 7 lessons I have learned during this first year of independence.
In Part 1 and Part 2 I looked at the common themes that lead to professional athletes having financial difficulty and bankruptcy. At the core the reasons are the same as most people: they spend more than they make and they don’t have a sound financial plan for the assets they do have.
There are lots of sobering statistics about athletes that develop financial difficulties once their playing careers are over. In the NFL 78% of players are bankrupt or in dire financial difficulty within 3 years of their careers ending (Sports Illustrated March 23, 2009). In the NBA it is over 60% (Sports Illustrated March 23,2009). There are a few big questions that I am going to discuss over the next 3 blogs related to this topic. The first two are around the Why and the third is around What can be done to help?
I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with several professional athletes during my career. They are a very unique group of people that have interesting financial challenges that are not unlike those in the working world except that they pack their career earnings in a very short window of time, usually 10 years or less.
Financial Planning as a profession is really good at making all sorts of rules around how much you should save, what you spend, and what kinds of risks you should take with your financial assets. I think the rules are good as a general guide but that every client’s situations are unique.
Hate is probably too strong of a word for the title. I am so mad at myself. I am usually pretty good at making sure I get a fair deal and don’t often get taken advantage of. But I feel used. Time Warner Cable has been charging me $8 a month for a modem that they installed in my house 7 years ago and I just found out yesterday when that modem finally died!!!!!
April’s blog posts here at The Factory are going to center around retirement and retirement planning. I often wonder about what retirement will look like. I am not even sure if I will even want to retire. I know it is an important goal for most people. I love what I do and am excited to work every day and as long is that is the case I don’t think I will ever want to stop helping people.