Are You a Victim or a Victor?

Are You a Victim or a Victor?They say lightning never strikes the same thing twice—but it struck Roy Sullivan a whopping seven times. Roy (now known as the Human Lightening Rod) was a U.S. park ranger in Shenandoah National Park in Virginia, and he holds the Guinness World Record for the most number of times lightning has struck one human being. That is one seriously unlucky guy… or maybe, just maybe, he’s one of the luckiest people around! After all, he did get hit by lightning seven times and actually live to tell the tale.

Are there really people who are lucky or unlucky in life? Or is it something else? There are a lot of people who play the victim when the proverbial lightning strikes in life, in business, and in their financial and estate planning. These are people who some bad things happened to, who got bad advice, or someone steered them wrong. But it’s never their fault, right?

These people aren’t inherently “less smart” or capable than others. They’ve just learned to look to others when it comes to placing blame and responsibility. But when something good happens, these same people are likely to take all the credit.

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?

After you answer these tough questions, then it’s time to be accountable for your future, and find someone who will ask the right questions. 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.


“The best luck of all is the luck you make for yourself.”
-Douglas MacArthur

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