Alignment (The Financial Athlete #121)

A baseball pitcher may try to ground out, or fly out, or strike out the batter. Whether the pitch is a fastball, curveball, changeup, or slider, the pitcher’s objective is aligned: Get 3 outs without a run.

Are your investments aligned with your values? Many are those who compromise good values in exchange for gain.


A grandmother dressed in old and tethered clothes walked slowly on a sidewalk of an affluent community. Her right hand held the small hand of her grandson, while her left hand held the even smaller hand of her granddaughter.

Approaching the grandmother were two wealthy ladies dressed in the latest in high fashion, from wide brim hats to high heeled shoes. Gold, diamonds, and sapphire bedecked their necks, wrists, and fingers. Neither had ever experienced financial hardship. One said to the other, “Look at that old woman. She’s so poor she can’t even afford fake jewelry!”

Although the grandmother was old, her hearing was still quite sharp. Now face-to-face with the two ladies, she stopped before them and raised her grandchildren’s arms with hers. Tightly clinching onto their hands she said proudly, “This is my treasure, and it’s worth more to me than all the gold and silver in the world!”

(1. I heard the above story from Pastor Joel Osteen on television. 2. photo above: baseball’s most exciting pitcher to watch, Tim Lincecum)


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