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®

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

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

 

The Story that is Dave Grant: Act 2

Dave GrantThanks for joining us for part 2 of my interview with Dave Grant from Retirement Matters. Once again, Dave’s willingness to open up and honestly share his experiences as an RIA owner is a breath of fresh air to young planners striving to carve out their place in the profession. As planners we should build honest, real, and refreshing relationships with our clients and very few “success stories” are as honest, real, and refreshing as Dave’s.

Today we pick the interview right where we left off and if you enjoy these episodes be sure to check out Dave Grant’s writing in Financial Planning Magazine and his book!

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“One of the things I’ve learned over the last 18 months is… I have to be very self aware with things that I’m doing. And I continually have to check myself. To say is what I’m doing now, and what it’s going to be… is this something that’s a strength of mine? And should I be focusing on it?”

The First Year: The Diary of a New RIA Owner

NexGen

NAPFA Genesis

The Miracle Morning: The Not-So-Obvious Secret Guaranteed to Transform Your Life (Before 8AM)

The Miracle Morning for Entrepreneurs: Elevate Your SELF to Elevate Your BUSINESS

Our first episode with Dave:

Episode 9 – Listener Letter “Feeling Stuck”

The Backstory and the Numbers

Dave GrantDave Grant returns for another episode… or two? Dave is one of my good friends and founder of Retirement Matters. One of the things I most appreciate about Dave is his willingness to open up and share all sides of his experience as an RIA owner.  Today we’ll dive into his backstory and “the numbers” so I hope you enjoy the episode. We had a really good discussion and had to break it into two episodes. There was so much good stuff that we didn’t want to leave anything out.

If “ownership” is something you’ve grown tired of or it’s something you’re tired of wanting… don’t miss this episode!

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“I was very much on cloud nine at that point and it gradually got down to cloud three and cloud minus nine. It did not stay up there. Client acquisition was hard. I was still trying to get my foot in the door of this niche…. I knew the market was there and I knew they needed help.”

 

The First Year: The Diary of a New RIA Owner

FPA NexGen

NAPFA Genesis

Our previous episode with Dave:

Episode 9 – Listener Letter “Feeling Stuck”

 

What is Financial Planning?

Elissa BuieWe are excited to have Elissa Buie join us to discuss what is financial planning. She owns one-half of the Yeske Buie firm which is on the front lines of pushing our profession forward.

Elissa sits on the Board of Trustees for the Foundation for Financial Planning, is a past Chair of the national Financial Planning Association and is a Dean for the FPA’s Residency Program. She has published multiple papers in the Journal of Financial Planning and in 2013 she was awarded the P. Kemp Fain, Jr. Award.

If that’s not enough, she has quite literally wrote the book (or at least 17 chapters) of the CFP Board’s Financial Planning Competency Handbook.

Understanding and practicing financial planning is what separates us from being an industry and being a true profession. I believe there is no one better to have talk to us about this than Elissa Buie!

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“Financial planning is something different and it’s actually magical. It takes a process, the relationship that’s built, and number crunching… and turns it into more than the sum of its parts.”

The Importance of Processes with Deborah Fox

Deborah FoxDeborah Fox, the CEO of Fox College Funding and the Fox Financial Planning Network joins us to share the importance of processes and how it can impact you, whether you are in a firm or have your own firm.

Deborah’s approach allows you to work on your business rather than just in your business and helps financial planners develop a systematized approach to working with clients.

As someone who is not naturally process driven, I have come to realize the significant value that processes have, both for clients and the business!

I hope you enjoy!

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“It was very important that I didn’t dictate how one needs to do business. I wanted to give possibilities.”

 

Resources:
FPA DFW Career Day

Fox College Funding

Fox Financial Planning Network

E-Myth Revised

The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: Powerful Lessons in Personal Change

The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right

The Importance of Research

Dr. Dave YeskeI am excited to have Dr. Dave Yeske on today’s podcast! Dave is the current Practioner Editor of the Journal of Financial Planning, past President of the national Financial Planning Association and runs Yeske Buie, a financial planning firm that is a national leader for best practices. To say his resume is impressive is an understatement!

Today Dave shares the importance of research for financial advisors. We discuss the research he did on Policy-Based Financial Planning, which has been implemented by many firms as well as how financial planners, especially young planners, can incorporate research into their firms.

If we want to truly move forward as a profession, we have to be engaged with the research and let that help guide our work with clients.

I hope you enjoy this episode!

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If we can take some researched based approaches to helping  our clients affect healthy changes in their lives and in their financial lives… why would we not want to be using the most powerful tools for that.

 

Nudge
Policy-Based Financial Planning in the Journal of Financial Planning
Transtheoretical Model (or Stages of Change) – Health Behavior Change
Golden Gate University
The Financial Wisdom of Ebenezer Scrooge by Rick Kahler
Money Quotient 
The Journal of Financial Planning (archive)
Academy of Financial Services (AFS) – The Journal of Individual Financial Management
The Evidence Based Financial Planning by Dave Yeske and Elissa Buie
Evaluating Research Course
Dimensional Fund Advisors