A favorite movie of mine is The Thomas Crown Affair starring Pierce Brosnan as Mr. Crown, a billionaire businessman who makes money by acquiring cash-hurting businesses with great potential. An eccentric version of today’s Warren Buffet.
An early scene in the movie portrays how this hard-driving businessman thinks when he says to an associate, “Give me good numbers today, Jimmy.”
It’s how we often think too. Whether its our business, our savings, our investing or our retirement, we think about the numbers because that is what we’ve been trained to think about.
However, numbers by themselves are meaningless without context.
When it comes to investing and retirement, the media and financial industry has trained us to think only in numbers.
The bigger more important question that comes first is understanding the purpose behind the numbers – context.
Context does not start with the numbers because you are more than your money and your life today and legacy is about more than what you have financially.
Does your thinking and planning about your money and retirement have a context for your money decisions that motivate you, excite you about the impact, give you dreamed of freedom and great sleep at night peace of mind?
When your wealth numbers have context it excites passion, increases decision-making confidence, and grows your freedom to do what you want when you want without worry about the unknowns or future.
Don’t just plan for your future, live it right now.
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