During a breakfast conversation today with a friend (thank you Peter Beeson from Fit Insurance), I was reminded of the importance in committing yourself to whom you are called to be, and then leaving the rest behind if you request the assistance of someone else’s calling. It is tempting and habitual to try and possess responsibility for all decisions and actions, perhaps due to ego, arrogance, or mistrust, but real power comes from recognizing gaps in expertise and leveraging someone else’s ability to take over and help.
I’ve said many times that the clients with whom I work best are those interested in outsourcing intelligence to experts in various fields. This willingness to draw a line on a subject across which they recognize the need to seek help is, in my opinion, evidence of one’s success and happiness. The weight and burden of navigating the ingredients of a good risk-management experience, for example, need not be borne by a busy and successful family, but instead can be offloaded with high expectations to someone who stands ready and willing to take up the charge to deliver the right answers and the right results.
Self-serving though it may appear to be, I see everyday the consequence of families trusting no one, or trusting the wrong person in the design of their insurance and it is one of wrong answers, great worry, and inefficiency. We think a better way (in insurance, business, and life) is to establish high expectations, find the right expert for the topic at hand, match decisions with personal values, and then rely on the strengths of others to deliver a more peaceful approach to complex and serious life issues.
Photo: North Cascades, Washington State