Ideas from the internet
Spring is finally starting to show and this month has been an interesting one for the business world. For our FP Advance social media channels we hunt down content that is indispensable, inspiring and thought-provoking, sharing links from some of the best and brightest in the business world.
Here are some of our most popular finds for March. Well worth a clicking on:
1. John Oliver’s Hilarious Demolition of Active Fund Management
Ok, this is a comedy clip from John Oliver (an Englishmen made good in the US – formerly of The Daily Show). It shares his experience of trying to find the right pension scheme for his staff. In the process he rips to shreds everything that is not right about financial services and funds management.
I’ll warn you now it’s about 20 mins, and it warms to the task, getting funnier the longer it goes on. I’m still LMAO.
2. If You Get Rich You Won’t Quit Working for Long
We’ve all had the dream of making £100M and then calling it a day for a life of leisure (well, I have). However, if we think about it for more than 10 minutes we realise there is probably something more meaningful for us to pursue.
This BBC Capital article shares the story of someone who has actually hit the big time (financially) and then decided they just have to go again. Articles like this help me to stop dreaming and get busy on finding my higher purpose.
3. Procrastination: A Scientific Guide on How to Stop Procrastinating
Human beings have been procrastinating for centuries. The problem is so timeless, in fact, that ancient Greek philosophers like Socrates and Aristotle developed a word to describe this type of behaviour: Akrasia.
Akrasia is the state of acting against your better judgment. It is when you do one thing, even though you know you should do something else. I don’t know about you, but I’m guilty of that. I liked this a lot.
4. Client strategies from an ex-divorce litigator
Here’s a really interesting perspective on asking great questions from a Financial Planner who was formerly a divorce lawyer. Saxon points out that in the law you are trained to never ask a question to which you don’t already know the answer to (reminds me of life industry sale training). However, in Financial Planning the exact opposite is true. Love it.
Read on for a nice reminder about how to ask great questions.
5. Don’t Let Success Interfere With Your Work
I liked how this piece reminded me of ‘why’ I’m doing what I’m doing. Levin says that “a danger of success is that we look at how things have turned out and then create a story about why that is so. And somehow our story becomes the story—it is repeated and amplified as if it were true.” Basically, we create our own success myth and start believing our own bullshit.
This is a nice reminder to stay focused on what got you here in the first place.
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