Recognition (The Financial Athlete #78)

We dined at an Italian restaurant, a candle lit on the table between me and a young, devout Catholic woman. Perhaps the delicious Fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp and a glass of white wine relaxed her to open up. “I’m known for softball pitching. Strangers seemingly everywhere complement me on my game. My coach and teammates look up to me as a team leader. All this is good, but I wish they’d appreciate my spirituality, too. It means infinitely more to me.”

I almost said, “Spirituality is found in ordinary activities….like pitching.” Instead, I kept silent. She just needed someone to listen.

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Never stop exploring within. By exploring within, an investor considers his true motive. Is it external recognition or expanding financial freedom? If his motive is the former, then he may come to be recognized for something he would not want to be remembered by, such as greed or failure. If his motive is the latter, then he has taken the first step on the right path to achieving this goal.

Never stop exploring without. By exploring without, an investor practices on-going due diligence. This unleashes an inquisitive mind.

“It is up to us to give ourselves recognition. If we wait for it to come from others, we feel resentful when it doesn’t, and when it does, we may well reject it.” – Spencer Tracy

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