DLJ Wealth & Tax Services - May 2020

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WIZARDS, JEDI, AND SUPERHEROES

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I was recently informed that I am a huge geek. This came as quite a shock to me. How is liking “Star Wars,” “Harry Potter,” and Marvel movies geeky? These are all just fun, cool stories! It’s very strange to me that we call these kinds of stories “geeky,” especially when you really look at what these books or movies are really about. Sure, they’re full of magic and space battles, but at their core, they’re all underdog stories. Good must triumph over evil, and the little guy has to work hard to come out on top. Sometimes that little guy is a wizard, superhero, or Jedi, but they are still the underdog facing

fighting for what we believe in and refuse to give up. It’s like Professor Dumbledore said in “Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban”: “Happiness can be found in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.”

Another thing I like about these stories is how they show us what we’re capable of. As Napoleon Hill, Earl Nightingale, and many others have noted, no

impossible odds. These are the kind of stories I love. I’m always rooting for the underdog. I’m a Cubs fan, after all!

matter where we fall on the “geek” scale, we were all created with unique gifts. No two people are the same. It is up to each of us to discover our gifts and use them to become all that we can be. Of course, reaching this goal can be really difficult to do all on our own. That’s why these geeky stories often feature friends and mentors who rally around the hero and help them through their journey. Our personal life journeys can be hard, but it’s not a journey we ever have to make alone. My whole business model is about helping individuals and small- business owners who often feel like the underdogs of the world. In reality, they are the lifeblood of the economy. I want to give them the support and guidance they need to be solid financially so they can come out on top and enjoy the lifestyles they want to live. Basically, I’m the Obi-Wan Kenobi to my clients’ Luke Skywalker.

It’s good to have stories to remind us that no matter how hard things are today, they can always get better tomorrow.

I think the reason people love these geeky stories is because people relate and the stories give them hope. We all have times in our lives where we feel lost or alone and we’re up against a huge challenge. In real life, that challenge probably isn’t an evil galactic empire or a universe-ending supervillain, but

it can certainly feel like the end of our world. It’s good to have stories to remind us that no matter how hard things are today, they can always get better tomorrow. We just have to keep

Okay, maybe I am a little bit of a geek, but my children would never believe it!

—Deb Matz

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