What We Can Learn from “Die Hard”


Just One of the Lucky Ones?

John McClane is one seriously unlucky guy. In all 5 installments of the Die Hard franchise, the iconic character played by Bruce Willis had a knack for being in the really wrong place at the really wrong time.


Here is a true story about another unlucky guy: An immigrant moved here to make a name for himself. He was instrumental in developing a number of products that eventually became household brands. He was admired (even envied) for his technical expertise and business savvy.


But he never became rich. Even though almost every venture he started made a lot of money, he never participated in the plentiful bounty because he always moved on to another venture before the BIG PAYOFF.


He wasn’t less smart than those who reaped the benefits of his abilities; in fact, he was probably smarter. But his timing in the business cycle wasn’t as fortunate for him as it was for others.


So is it really about being lucky versus unlucky in life? Or is it something else?


Regardless of who you are or how talented you may be, you have to ask yourself: What is the reason for my success? Was it dumb luck? Was I just at the right place at the right time?


In other words: Why Me?


With typical estate planning, no one asks you WHY or HOW you got there in the first place. But when your trusted advisor brings those questions to the forefront, your answer becomes a critical step toward igniting the level of passion for planning that you need in order to leave a lasting legacy.

Wealth is more than money. Don’t just plan for your future, live it right now. Pass it on and share the insights like this that you find valuable.



“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

Clint Eastwood

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