There is no shame in asking for financial advice
Eileen St. Pierre, The Everyday Financial Planner
According to research done by the Filene Research Institute, 58% of pre-retirees (ages 51 to 61) had not sought financial advice of any kind in the past five years. This statistic depressed me because there is SO much help out there. Much of it is free, like the information available on my website The Everyday Financial Planner. If you do need specialized assistance, it does not have to cost you an arm and a leg. You may not want to believe this, but there are honest financial counselors and planners like me who really do want to help you and do not want to sell you anything.
You may feel a sense of shame in asking for help.
There are lots of reasons why you may feel you are “not worthy” of help:
- You really don’t know where to start.
- You’re way behind in saving for retirement.
- You’re afraid you will do something wrong and lose everything.
- You made a bad financial decision that you regret.
Everyone is worthy of help. You simply have to ask for it.
Financial counselors are human too.
Despite what my husband says, I am not good at everything. Here is a list of stuff I’m bad at:
- I cannot sing or act – this is why I never regret spending money going to see a play or opera.
- I stopped trying to make a pie crust – I just buy them already made.
- I can check my oil in my car but that’s about it – so I married a mechanic.
- I am the world’s worst babysitter – I am amazed at how patient some people can be around children. They have my deepest admiration.
I could go on but you get the point. We are all good at something. But none of us are good at everything.
What are you good at?
My job as a financial counselor is to help you achieve financial security so you can pursue the things that you are good at. And I may just be interested in trading some financial advice for theatre tickets.