The Two L’s: Leadership & Learning


  • Potential Roles by a Financial Planner
  • Expanding ways to improve knowledge and learn
  • Translating day to day into a learning experience


The following post will provide a different lens on the role of a leader, specifically that of a financial planner and the many ways we can improve our own lives by learning. The traditional forms of learning will always be great, but there is a huge amount of information at the tip of our fingers that can provide unlimited learning opportunities. It is not just one, but a wide range that I use for myself. This article will provide a deeper dive into my thoughts upon reading a recent article in the Journal of Financial Planning.

Many agree a financial planner’s most common tag or description would be: money manager, retirement planner, and a coordinator of some specific financial event. While these are all very accurate and everyone at some point will need assistance with each of these things, there are quite a few other roles that I fulfill over the life of working with clients. In the 5 full years working with you, the table below certainly includes a good portion of the day-to-day conversations that we have together.








When reading through this list, I will be honest – I’m not going to be the best or your go-to guy for everything. To pretend I’m the best at them all would be a disservice to you. However, I am confident in saying that I know something about every single item on this list or know a professional that could be included in the conversation.

All of these different roles and processes are incredible learning opportunities from a professional and individual standpoint. I would like to form relationships with all of you that last 30+ years, the only way that this happens is by experiencing different life events together and being able to communicate properly.

List of ways I learn:

  • Reading – daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly
    • Both professional and personal books
  • Classroom – UCLA Extension, continuing education courses online
  • Conferences – Hosted by custodians, investment managers, mutual fund companies, thought leaders.
  • Asking difficult questions and constantly being curious, having an honest interest in you and your life.
  • Professional relationships
  • Blogs & Online articles
  • Podcasts – professional and personal

These are just a few different ways that I personally expand my knowledge and learn. These are all active things that I incorporate in my life because they give me a sense of purpose and fulfill a drive that I have for myself. This I think is something we can teach ourselves and learn how to do by taking small steps to start and then slowly adding to them once you get the first or second step down. This is very similar to an approach to financial planning. It can almost always be a sure disaster trying to jump into too much at once.

The massive amount of information available through the internet has  made the possibilities of learning infinite in the last 20 years. Curiosity is an attribute that helped build this database and it is one of the driving factors in improving your financial well-being on a personal and professional level. For example: It is highly likely that you could have a 40 hr work week, 9:00-5:00 job, and also build a business online or finish a degree online at the same time. If you are in a role you do not like or see yourself in down the road, it is possible you could change that role by building up your knowledge in a field that does actually interest you.

In 2013 I decided to change careers and do something I’m passionate about and to be able to have a positive impact on the lives of interesting people. It is a life long journey.



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