Are You Really Free? (Part Two)

By David Geller   |   October 13, 2014

As Americans, we cherish freedom. Our culture values each individual’s right to live their life as they choose.  Freedom, however, is always tied to capabilities.  You are not free to do what you are incapable of doing.  For example, you can’t save a drowning child in the middle of a lake if you don’t know how to swim.

The good news is that we each have the capacity to learn and grow in almost any area we desire, but growth takes focused effort.  We can improve our capacity to do almost anything we want, but we can’t improve our capacity to do everything we want.

So, where should you focus your efforts?

Each of us must answer that question for ourselves. I have decided I would rather spend my time learning how to be a better cook than learning how to paint.  Why?  Because I enjoy cooking with my wife, Heidi, and I enjoy having friends over for dinner. For me, painting is a more solitary engagement and I already love to take long walks by myself.

Cooking is certainly not better than painting.  Both can be lots of fun.  Cooking is just a better choice for me.

Where do you want to expand your freedom? How do you want to expand your capabilities?

David Geller

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CEO David Geller co-founded the firm in 1991 and led the creation of Behavioral Wealth Management. Recognized on numerous prestigious "top financial advisor" lists, David is an in-demand speaker for professional groups and JOYN workshops. His writings have appeared in The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal and The Huffington Post.

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