Money is emotional, both when scarce and when plentiful. You may find that after working long and hard you have more money than you initially imagined, or maybe finally have the money you want. All along the way the exchange of your time and talent for money creates an emotional connection. But what kind of connection? Is your money starting to control you rather than the other way around?
Having lots of money is the problem. As one client says, “The cost of our mistakes is going up with our wealth.” He’s right. Without a sound investment plan your life’s hard-won earnings may be at risk, underutilized, disorganized, taken for granted, or even ignored. At $10,000, you may think “No biggie,” at $100,000, “Hmmmm,” at $1,000,000, “This is serious,” and at $10,000,000, “Help!”
What are the signs that money is beginning to dominate you unfairly? Here are a few:
If you find yourself saying any of these things, money may be taking emotional control:
Remember, at this point you are financially successful, and probably successful at a lot of other things as well. The “money thing” shouldn’t be so hard. It’s possible and very healthy to regain emotional control over your financial assets. Here are a few first steps:
You hire one when you have a lot of money. How much is a lot? Only you can decide, but if you’re experiencing the warning signs above, it may be time for professional help. Even the most resolute do-it-yourselfers agree there is a sum at which professional help is needed. For most, that’s between $1-3m, the point at which long-term compounding creates unstoppable money momentum. Some diehards say $5m. I have never met a consistently successful DIYer anywhere near $10m.
With some thoughtful effort, education and reflection there is every reason you can have a healthy relationship with your money. You own it, you made it, and you get the benefit, so get the most out of it. If you’re ready to take more control of your financial situation, we’d be happy to talk about what that means and how to achieve it.
John Osbon – firstname.lastname@example.org