Don’t Be Afraid to Try Things

Today we are joined by Chad Smith, CFP®, a financial planner and part owner of Financial Symmetry. Chad shares his career journey of starting as an intern and now part owner of his company. He’s been with the same company that full time and shares what has made him successful. He is also a fellow podcaster, so be sure to check him out.

Once again, if you passed your CFP® exam this past week, we want to celebrate with you! Send me an email at hannah@guidingwealth.com with your address and we have something to send you.

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“If you have the abundance mentality and share about your processes… who knows how many people are going to be helped by that? We know there’s shortage of planners anyway.”

The Financial Symmetry Podcast

FPA NexGen Gathering

Abacus Planning Group

Cheryl R. Holland, CFP®

The Business of Financial Planning – FPA DFW Seminar

We’re back with another in-person FPA DFW You’re a Financial Planner, Now What series session recording.  In the June session, Lynn McIntire from Cadent Capital joined Hannah Moore to discuss The Business of Financial Planning.

Thanks again to everyone that came out and many thanks to the kind folks at The Milestone Group and Bank of Texas Private Bank for hosting us!

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“You have to own and know why you chose financial planning. It has to be your reason and your story and there has to be a passion around it. Because this is not an easy business. It’s fraught will all kinds of risk. Compliance issues. Constant change. People’s lives and their livelihood and their emotions… It needs to be your story! It won’t resonate if it’s not yours!”

 

Mirror Mirror on the Wall Am I the Most Valued of Them All?

Strategic Acceleration: Succeed at the Speed of Life 

Traction: Get a Grip on Your Business

Entrepreneurial Operating System®

 Elizabeth Gilbert

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People

 

Lynn’s Success Plan for 2001

Networking, Vision, and Partnerships

Joe Pitzl, CFP® is the founder of Pitzl Financial. Joe shares with us his career story and how “job hopping” helped his career and clarified his vision for the firm he now runs. Joe shares tips on how he got his first job out of college, what lead him to leave a great firm and the stops along the way.

Joe started his firm three years ago and brought with him 40 clients and just under $17,000,000 in AUM and now has 120 clients with $105,000,000 in AUM!

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“That’s the importance of the ongoing networking piece. Just because you’ve got a job doesn’t mean it’s got to stop. You’ve got a network of people in the industry…. that you can rely on for help and guidance.”

 

Wiser Together – The Power of Mentoring

Today is the last of a three-part series with Carol Craigie and Catalina Franco-Cicero of Fiscal Fitness Clubs. Carol and Cat were introduced through the FPA Mentor Match program several years ago and have since become business partners.

Both Carol and Cat believe in the power of mentoring and are a great example of what it looks like to learn from each other. On this episode, they share what their mentoring meetings looked like, tips on how to find and build a successful mentoring relationship, and why it is important to find a mentor.

Personally, having a mentor has been one of the best decisions I’ve made in my career and I know my firm and career wouldn’t be what it is today without it. I have to thank Carol and all of those who mentor other planners. Their willingness to give back is inspiring and their work matters.

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“You’re there for each other through thick and thin. It takes time to build that… and it takes time to get to that point.”

 

FPA Mentor Match program

From Psychologist to Financial Planner – The Exceptional Career of Carol Craigie

For episode two of our our three part series we are joined by  Carol S. Craigie, CFP®, ChFC, MA,  the founder of Fiscal Fitness Clubs of America. Carol is a “psychologist turned financial planner” and has had a long and impressive career in financial planning. Carol’s passion to improve individual’s financial lives keeps pulling her out of retirement and re-imagining how to bring financial planning advice to the masses.

Carol’s passion for financial planning is inspiring and I’m so excited to share part of her story with you today.

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“We want to be Weight Watchers of money… [to] get people in clubs and bring money out of the closet. And You get people, just like dieting, to do budgeting so they accomplish their goals!”

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Dick Wagner Tribute

The Story of NexGen (for NexGen Gathering 2017)

FPA NexGen started in 2004 and has quite a story to tell already. With NexGen Gathering happening next weekend, our hope is that those attending will be able to see how special NexGen is, and more importantly, how impactful NexGen Gathering can be.

As with any telling of history like this, there are slightly differing accounts of specific events and we did our best to remain true to the stories we collected. What excited us was the consistent themes of the importance of NexGen and what is the essence, or the soul of NexGen.

We hope you enjoy and look forward to seeing you at NexGen Gathering 2017!

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A very special thanks to Aaron Coates, Michael Kitces, Sabrina Lowell, Amy Mullen, Joe Pitzl, Jude Boudreaux, and of course… the Rat Pack!

Mixing Fitness with Finance

I’m excited to have Catalina M. Franco-Cicero, MS, CFP®  of Fiscal Fitness Clubs on the podcast. This episode will be the first of a three part series with Cat and her business partner Carol Craige. Carol will join us for the second episode and later the two will share their story together.

So today, Cat shares her incredible personal story from immigrating to the United States as a child to using her fitness and education background as the Director of Financial Wellness at Fiscal Fitness Clubs of America. Early in her career she had a vision for what it would look like to provide financial planning to the general public and she using background and life story to do just that.

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“We want to take money out of the closet. Let’s talk about it already. Come on. It’s stressing people out and talking about it can help you.”

XY Planning Network

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Bridging Research and Practice: Life Planning

Amy Mullen, CFP® is Vice President at Money Quotient®, a non-profit focused on education and research. Money Quotient® provides practical ways to consistently bring life planning into financial planning firms. Their research has bettered the lives of many clients and continues to propel the financial planning profession forward.

Amy shares her journey to financial planning and how family ties brought her to financial planning, even though she isn’t a financial planner. Amy walks through the basic process that Money Quotient uses to help create an exceptional experience with clients.

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“The advisors who work with us at Money Quotient® none of them fear robo-advisors… There are multiple parts of the process that are necessary for a human for an individual to raise their level of self awareness.”

 

Sudden Money

EVOKE®

CFP® Certification

UNIVERSITY OF GEORGIA – Financial Therapy

Kansas State University – Financial Therapy Clinic

Money Quotient® Recommended Reading

The Evolution of a Practice

Todays’ guest is  Jude Boudreaux, CFP® from Upperline Financial Planning and I’m excited to share his story with everyone on the podcast. I first met Jude at a NexGen Gathering right around the time he was starting his firm.  Jude is six years in and shares several of the ways he has found success in his practice and is now running a $400,000+ firm.

He  is a great example of what it looks like to leverage your experience to build a successful practice from the ground up.

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“People can work fine with conflicts. I just think we should all acknowledge that every model has a conflict.”

 

the Four Kolbe Action Modes®

3 Questions That Will Get Your Finances — and Life — on Track

 

Shaping the Profession: Growing Together with Academia

This week’s guest is  Dr. Nathan Harness,  the TD Ameritrade Director of Financial Planning at Texas A&M University. I’m excited to talk with Nathan about the past, present and future of financial planning. It is exciting to have an impact on the future of our profession and I hope young professionals continue moving our profession forward towards what it should be.

When we as practitioners partner with academia we can help each other build a stronger profession and ultimately help provide better outcomes for our clients.

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“If students can’t see that this is an opportunity for them then they are never going to be a part of it.”

 

40 Under 40 2016: Nathan Harness – InvestmentNews

Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards, Inc.

Texas Tech University Financial Planning Academy

About Michael E. Kitces

Sudden Money

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The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)

Junior Achievement USA