The Five Biggest Regrets and How to Avoid Them
More than once in the many years since I started SJS, people have said to me, “Your life must be like a roller coaster ride. The markets are always going up, and then going down. It must be one wild ride.” Market fluctuations keep any investment firm on high alert, but the real ride for me in this business is something very different. For me, the ride is helping people worry less about their money and their futures so they can live their lives today.
I’ve always felt that one of the most important things SJS can do for its clients is strive to provide them with peace of mind. We are really in the freedom business when you stop and think about it. That concept hit home for me several weeks ago when I stumbled upon an article about the biggest regrets many people have when they reach the end of their life.
Broni Wade, a palliative caregiver who takes care of people with serious illnesses, shared with The Mirror the top regrets people often express at the ends of their lives. In her position, she has been in the presence of countless people near death and the lessons are clear:
• I wish I had let myself be happier.
• I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
• I wish I had the courage to express my feelings.
• I wish I hadn’t worked so hard on busy work versus work that matters.
• I wish I had the courage to live my life true to myself, not like what others expected of me.
One of the main reasons I chose this career and started SJS Investment Services is that I find great meaning in helping others find and work on achieving their life’s purpose, and live their lives to the fullest. That means no regrets. What a wonderful thought!
It seems to me that we can all learn from Broni and the list of regrets she so often hears. It’s a great reminder for me of what my dad used to say: “We are all here on a rain check.” What he meant is that it’s up to each of us to cash in that check and not delay. Only we can make the choice to make the most of our time. So the question is – what are you waiting for? And, let us know how we can help.
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