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  • Writer's pictureMichael Wellings

How Football and Financial Planning are Related

Okay, everybody, you’ll want to tune in for this one. We’re about to link two great things in this world together, and show how similar they really are (to an extent). It’s true, football and financial planning aren’t as different as people think. Sure, they’ve got their differences, but they’ve also got their similarities.

First of all, we’d like everyone to just take a second of silence and give thanks in his or her own way that football is back. No, in all seriousness, we realize that not everyone is as crazy about football as we are. You may not read opinion pieces, watch press day conferences, or make bets with your friends about how many wins the Aggies or Cowboys (or your favorite team) will have this year, but we do. And do you know why? Well, to be honest, a myriad of reasons, not the least of which is the strategy that goes into playing a football game.

We know many people who just see football as a game where a bunch of athletes run into each other over a ball, but it’s much more than that. The amount of planning and preparation that goes into each game is simply unreal. Players and coaches spend hours upon hours studying game tapes of their opponents, trying to anticipate every situation they could find themselves in. After that, there’s intense weight training, daily practices, position meetings, you name it… The list goes on and on. At the end of the day, the end goal is simple – beat the other team. It seems like an easy enough thing to do, but when you put into perspective all the preparation, all the planning that goes on behind the scenes, what you see on Friday nights, Saturdays, and Sundays is nothing short of a work of art. Not to mention that these athletes and coaches are under constant pressure to perform, because there’s literally thousands of others who would kill for those jobs.

Now let’s look at financial planning. Aside from the most obvious differences, the key word in financial planning that links it to football is planning. Just like those players and coaches studying game tapes, we as financial advisors study your goals, your dreams, your situation, and come up with a plan to win. With your help, we plan for contingencies, and we too try to anticipate every situation you could find yourselves in. And at the end of the day, the end goal is just to get a win. What’s a win for financial planners? Well, for us specifically, a win is seeing you achieve your financial dreams. A win is seeing you not worry about your finances, ever. A win is developing amazing relationships built on trust, respect, and friendship. Rest assured, we grind away every day to make these things happen. At the end of the day, what we want to see is a financial plan for you that, like a football game, is a work of art.

Yes, football is back, friends. For the next six months, you can gorge yourselves on wings, burgers, and other great pub food while watching one of the best sports in the world. Heck, we might join you for some of that, but we won’t be able to stay for long. We’ve got planning to do.

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