If you asked me when I was graduating high school where I would be at today, I would never have guessed it would be here. At that time, I was a young, ambitious kid with one focus, basketball. Everyday seemed to start and end the same way: wake up, weight lifting, conditioning, individual skill work, school, team practice, sleep, repeat. My mind did not think about many other things, let alone what my job would be after college. I was convinced that the countless hours in the gym, the weekend AAU tournaments, and all the missed parties would lead me to playing professional basketball somewhere overseas after college like many of my friends.
Following high school, I was headed to Minnesota State University to play basketball, and I knew that if I worked hard, I would have the opportunity to play professionally. That was until my biggest fear happened, during an open gym before the season started, I tore 3 ligaments in my ankle and months of physical therapy proved to be useless. It was frustrating. I had worked so hard and forgone so much of my high school life to get where I was, and there was nothing I could do to recover.
During my first year at Minnesota State, I battled through a draining season and never felt quite right. Discouraged, after months of contemplation, I realized that this wasn’t my dream anymore. I needed to make a change.
I will always be thankful for the opportunity to play in college and for basketball in general. I learned so many great life lessons about hard work, dedication, and harsh self discipline that helped shape who I am, but my time with the sport had to end.
I decided to transfer to Butler University to focus on school. I had to figure out what I wanted to do with my life so I took every internship opportunity I could. From consulting, to a startup tech company, to Eli Lilly, and many others, I found little excitement in the work I was doing. I felt lost and scared that I was going to have to take a job that didn’t excite me. One that didn’t drive me quite like basketball did. One that made me feel like I wasn’t making an impact on other peoples’ lives. This was not an option for me!
Luckily, after continuous searching, I was given the opportunity to become a financial advisor. A job I felt called to do. One that truly allows me to make a a difference.
At the start of my career, I realized quickly that most of what people hear about financial planning is not true. We often hear about these get rich quick schemes, or these crazy stock tips that will help you retire by 35. Unfortunately, in reality, it is never this easy. Managing your finances is a hard thing to do. It’s complex and all the bad information out there doesn’t help either. It takes hard work and discipline to win at this long game we call life. That is why I am starting this blog. My goal is to help bring quality and accurate information that will allow you to take actionable steps towards achieving your financial goals. Join me on this journey, together we can take control of your own finances!
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https://thomaskopelman.com/2020/08/weekend-review-august-16-2020/ references “Johns Hopkins: Stay the Course with Personal Finances during Pandemic”. The link address is to a different article.
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