One of my core philosophies is giving back to the community. I've tried to make it a point to give back to my profession, my church and my local community. For years, I've served in various capacities at church and have led three or four Financial Peace University programs. When it comes to helping the community, in the past, I've served on a city Board of Trustees pension fund and currently serve on the Board of Trustees of an almost $1 billion foundation connected to our church body. When it comes to giving back to my profession, currently, we provide pro bono financial advice to a deserving veteran who has qualified for a mortgage-free home through the Building Homes for Heroes organization.
I share this information with you hopefully to encourage you to look for ways to give back that make sense for you. Not only will you help your community, but you will benefit, too. You'll make a difference and meet all sorts of interesting people.
So, I'd like to leave you with two takeaways:
· First, strive to be a giver rather than a taker. Look for ways to give back to your community. You'll benefit in ways you can't even imagine.
· Second, planning is critical. It's important to note that a plan is really just a starting point, not an end point. No plan can ever take into account all the obstacles life can and will throw in your way like a hurricane or two or even three.