(First in a 3 part series)
First let me assure you, that I’m not in the habit of proselytizing or even discussing religion with clients. But, our faith can have a lot to do with our own philosophy of money. There are those who believe that money is their ultimate desire and there are those who believe that money is the root of all evil. I would certainly not want to persuade the latter group to feel differently (they might be right) and, frankly, I don’t think I want to work with those who place such a high value on money (I think they are wrong and I know I would disappoint them).
I believe money, like everything else, is a gift that we can choose to use for good. I don’t believe that money is the root of all evil, but that love of money (among other things) is evil.
Why would I put myself out there and risk losing potential clients by explaining my personal philosophy about a hot button topic like money? Because I know, I can’t please everyone and I don’t need to. The hourly planning model is self-limiting. I can only work with one client at a time. Therefore, my success ultimately depends on satisfied clients who come back for additional engagements and refer me to their friends and families. The more similar our views on money are, the more likely we are to have a satisfying engagement. I want to help those who want to be good stewards of their gifts. For me, it is not only the right thing to do; it is good business.
Next: On “My Money”