Recently Katie, my wife, needed help with a project in her music classroom.
She wanted to mount about 24 ukuleles on the wall. It seemed pretty straightforward. The problem is, that I don’t have any skills related to accomplishing it. Yet still, I want to help my wife. I knew that I needed reinforcements. My first call was to my dad. Dad used to have his own handyman business. He’s my go-to person whenever there is measuring or tools involved.
The thing is, I know that it’s not difficult for him. In fact he enjoys it. I on the other hand count it a small victory when I am able to complete any handyman project without injury or pulling my hair out.
Enlisting my dad saved me time, money, and aggravation. And the finished product was hands-down better than if I had tackled it on my own (okay …I did help with some of it!)
I think of retirement planning the same way. The truth is, you can figure it all out on your own if you spend enough time and energy. You may even enjoy doing it. But wouldn’t you rather have someone complete a project for you that had already done it hundreds of times successfully? Wouldn’t you rather work with somebody who already possesses the skills, talents, and knowledge needed to get the job done? Wouldn’t it be easier (to switch metaphors) to use a navigator who had already been up and down the mountain many times rather than learning by trial and error?
I know that’s my mentality. Is it yours?
If you have any questions please feel free to contact me.