Building Confidence

By David Geller   |   May 12, 2014

True happiness comes from taking responsibility for the things we can control and learning to embrace even the unpleasant things we cannot control.

We live in a world where many of us feel nervous about the future. We worry about our children’s ability to find satisfying jobs, the quality of our health care system, our country’s staggering deficits and global warming. All too often, we focus our attention on difficult life realities, things we don’t like, but have little or no control over, rather than problems, which we can address.

When we focus on what we can’t control, our confidence diminishes because we know – or we learn the hard way – we can’t impact the outcome.

The key is to focus on what we can control. Only our child can determine which job provides the right combination of money, engagement, and meaning.  We can, however, use our network, wisdom and talents to help our children find that satisfying job.

We can’t change the health care system, but we can take steps to lead a healthier lifestyle.

We can’t reduce the deficit, but we can build a diversified portfolio to protect us against the higher inflation our enormous deficits might bring.

When we focus on what we can control, we feel empowered. Our confidence rises and our happiness builds.

What are you focusing on?

David Geller

About the Author

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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