Guides help reach goals
A guide helps you reach your goals. At Lighthouse Services, we know power of a guide: Lighthouse Services helps plan your goals, communicates with you about your goals, and puts your goals first.
When I’m not in a suit, I spend 90% of my time in Spandex. When I was going into my senior year of high school, I decided to train for my first triathalon. From 17 onward, I was pretty much hooked.
So I had been competing for 5 or 6 years, and I was sitting at my desk at my first job out of college, and I got a call from a friend of mine, who said, “There is this visually impaired woman coming into New York to do the New York City Triathalon, next week, and she doesn’t have a guide to race with, do you know anyone that can help?”
I said, “Well, I’m already signed up, I’ll do it”.
We talked about every single detail, how we would handle transitions, how we would communicate on the bike, we talked about just every detail you can think of, because we knew that creating that plan would give us the best chance for success in the race.
After finishing that very first race as a guide, my entire career in sports was chaned forever.
So, when you’re racing as a guide, it’s not your race. Your name doesnt’ show up in the results, everything you do is about getting your athelete to their finish line. And my job is to make sure that the athelete stays on course, doesn’t run into anything, fall down, those things; but, you can’t plan for all things in advance. That’s sort of the nature of plans: have an outline, and continue that open line of communication so that you can tackle those challenges when they arise.
This applies directly to the work that I do at Dimensional. When I think about financial advisors, they do the same thing. The most important thing they do is create that plan that is based on an individual’s unique circumstances. If you have a sound investment approach that is rooted in financial science and academic research and you stay the course throughout those market ups and downs, it’s all about helping people have the best investment experience. And through that, we’re helping them live better lives.