When we're kids, we have big dreams. We might want to become actor, athlete, astronaut, dancer, detective, doctor, garbage collector, judge, life guard, painter, police person, singer, spy, ticket collector, time traveller, train conductor, truck driver, vet, writer, zookeeper. Maybe with a generous dollop of rich and famous.
I wanted to be a firefighter. You race around in a red truck, blast the siren, save lives and spray water from a hydrant. You're allowed to play with matches and eat lots of pizza. What's not to like?
In this video, children describe their dreams.
QuestionThe question for children is "what do you want to be" not "what do you want to do". What we do becomes what we are. The opinions of others also matter.
Did you ever meet a child who wanted to become an advisor?
The financial sector lies in the low trust world. As a child, you'd lose friends if you said you wanted to help people borrow more money than they could afford and kick them out of their homes when they couldn't pay. Or to get paid well for investment advice even when your clients lost money and sleep.
Plan BReality often intervenes and dampens dreams.
Becoming an advisor is rarely Plan A (or Plan B). The reason might be
- Plan N
Plan NPlan N comes from Necessity. Maybe you got laid off in a tough job market.
The barriers to entering the world of commissioned sales are low and the potential rewards are high. Maybe becoming an advisor may look enticing.
RelocationMaybe you're a dentist or engineer from overseas. That won't buy you a coffee here. You may find that you can't get work in your field. There are still bills to pay. You may have considered yourself above commissioned sales but now you're willing to try.
Besides, you're better educated than most of the advisors you've met. They're making money without even understanding the products thoroughly. Why wouldn't you do at least as well?
ParentsMaybe your parents are advisors and close to retirement. You might want to take over. You'll get training from people you (probably) trust and preserve the family legacy.
Maybe you tried something else first but don't get the success you expected. The family business may be a good option.
PassionDo advisors exude real passion in their work?
Maybe that’s because they didn’t aspire to become advisors. Their passion might lie elsewhere in things like vacations, hobbies and family. Does that affect the quality of the work they do and their commitment to improve to serve you better?
Why did your advisor become an advisor? Ask them.
- The passion of Guillermo del Toro, Neil Hetherington and your advisor
- How do you show passion in your work?
- Kids' dream jobs (Forbes, Feb 2009)
- Unethical email? Do advisors put their interests first? (new)
- Should you switch to an actuarial career?
- image courtesy of Elnur
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PS Not many children aspire to become actuaries. We can’t all become firefighters.