Upon the passing of one of our really special elderly member-clients recently, we received a really sweet message from her offspring.
The message was this:
“Nicholas, I’m sorry to have been the bearer of the bad news. But I want you to know that you’ve been part of our family for years, even though you probably didn’t know it. Our mother talked about how lucky she felt over and over again that she went with you over the many choices she could have made many years ago with her lifetime savings. You took incredible care of taking care of her and her money. We, and our mother, are forever grateful for giving her such peace of mind over the years and leaving such a huge, living legacy of assets she built up with you.”
I couldn’t help but pause and reflect for a while on this message and our late cherished client.
Sometimes it’s easy to forget the forest through the trees in our daily quest on this planet. The passing of our dear client and a person we were lucky to work with served as a good reminder that it’s not money that is our ultimate motivator at the end of the day… it is our purpose and our value that we bring to the universe that is truly the measure of our success when we’re gone that counts. And hearing how much we meant to our client is everything to this firm. It’s our mark on the world, which will be there for a lifetime and for generations to come.
We are reminded of the quote by Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451:
“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies… A child or a book or a painting or a…garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there… The difference between the man who cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching. The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there for a lifetime. ”
If you plan to start a business, if you already own a business, or if you’re an investor in businesses such as the members of our New Economy Revolution, our greatest tip is that everything you ever wanted will more than come back to you… if you bring real value to the world as your ultimate goal.
If you succeed at that, more will be returned back to you than you could have ever dreamed or imagined or even wanted.
Our recently deceased member-client, by the way, was one of the savviest investors on the planet. She believed that billions of people would wake up each day and continue to get their pants on one leg at a time while someone profited from it. And that to profit from the sure bull market of human population growth all you needed to do was be patient.
Most people I come across should truly embrace her beliefs – they’d get a lot richer with such a simple, genius business outlook. It’s no surprise to us then that this amazing 80+ year-old woman outperformed most of the hot shots out there by sticking to our core knitting, which is partnering with the right people with the right assets at the right prices and then being patient.
In other words, we were a great team, and she simply kicked ass and stomped on the terra. Most of you would be wise to follow this approach, and we are here to help lead the way as we work toward the real wealth that truly matters: leaving our marks that will be there for a lifetime and for generations to come.
We’ll miss you.
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CEO & Chief Investment Strategist