Planning For a Happy Life

“Happiness is that state of consciousness which proceeds from the achievement of one’s values.” – Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged

My profession is personal planning and I work with people’s money and assets to help them achieve goals.  So, I help increase the likelihood that they reach their happiness.

A professional’s initial conversations with clients usually start with a question like, “What are you trying to accomplish?”

Ultimately, this is a values question and what the planner is looking for is what makes the client happy. If the planner can determine what makes the client happy, then a skilled planner should be able to create measurements to determine the likelihood of the client achieving their goal(s).  Those measurements should help the client make better decisions.

Goals can be flat like, “I want to retire”, or “I want to send my child to college”.  These are noble goals and worthwhile things to accomplish.

Goals can also be more elaborate, if the client chooses.  They should be a source of the client’s happiness and reflect their values.

I have a number of artists as clients who are not artists in their professional lives.  Planning allows them the confidence to take time to create.  It allows them to schedule time to perform without feeling guilty.  It gives them time to connect with others that have similar values.  It gives them time to do the things that make their time meaningful.

As our year begins, let me offer a simple question, “What do you want to accomplish in your brief time on earth?”

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About Christopher Hessenflow

Christopher Hessenflow is a financial planner in the Chicago area. He works with all sorts of people who are much more interesting than he is. He enjoys his career which lends him time to think and, sometimes, be creative. Chip was born bald.
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