The latest installment in our monthly Q&A session where we sit down with members of the FJY team to find out a little bit more about what exactly they do here and what makes them tick.
This Month: The Newest Member of the Midland Team, Associate Financial Advisor Matt Hays.
1. What do you enjoy the most about working in the financial planning industry?
I’ve had a fascination with history and economics for as long as I can remember. A career in financial planning allows me to engage both of these interests, all the while helping other key members of the community focus on their own interests and important work.
2. What attracted you to FJY originally? Has it been what you expected so far?
I read somewhere that around 80% of financial planners have a career length of only about 5 years before moving on to something else. FJY’s partners have a vastly superior track record of experience and performance. I believe that is primarily due to the dedication of FJY’s leadership, and how their clientele are treated. The professionals working here at FJY are what attracted me most about the firm. I look forward to learning from – and participating with – a clearly excellent team for years to come.
3. What defines success for you?
I fear the label “success.” Pablo Picasso is credited with the great quote, “Success is dangerous. One begins to copy oneself, and to copy oneself is more dangerous than to copy others. It leads to sterility.” Those words speak to me in a very personal way. I will always be shaking things up, innovating myself, and failing often. After all, I’ve always found failure to be a much better teacher than victory. To answer the original question: for me, success looks like complacency. I hope I never consider myself “a success.”
4. If you had to eat one meal every day for the rest of your life, what would it be and why?
Food is not an important part of my life beyond the obvious fact that it’s a basic fuel source. In fact, I often feel left out when friends and family rave about this chef or that special cuisine. I just don’t get the enjoyment many others do from fine foods. I respect the art and science, it just isn’t something in which I really participate. So, I’m afraid I’ll have to just go for the vague answer: sandwiches. Why? Simple! Think of all the variety of food that falls under the broad title of sandwich.
5. What are three traits that define you?
I aspire to be defined by the following three traits:
6. What’s the first thing you would buy if you won the lottery?
I would invest the winnings in knowledge and wisdom for myself and those around me. I see earnings as a scorecard- a tangible valuation of your contribution to those that fund your efforts. I see winnings as empty money – not to be included in that scorecard. I would want to find a way to put that empty money to work in bettering my contributions to my family and community. With that in mind, I would continue my own higher education; and I would further utilize the winnings to go experience more things in the world. I would also set aside a large portion to provide the same opportunity for those with whom I spend the most time.
However, I suppose the question was really “what would I buy first”… I suppose I’d buy the excellent services of FJY…. and a sandwich, of course.