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As I thought about what I valued most, I developed a certain philosophy toward life, something that became what I call the ‘Pillars of Life.’ These six pillars include spirituality, family, health, career, philanthropy, and finances.
The Pillars of Life The Foundation of Something Greater
Not long after my son, Jacob, was born, I found myself giving a lot of consideration to what I valued most in life. A few months after his birth, he was diagnosed with a heart defect: patent ductus arteriosus, or PDA. It was a condition that left him open to illness, if not treated. When Jacob was 9 months old, he had major heart surgery. Thankfully, Jacob came out of the surgery as well as I could have hoped. He was alive, and after a period of recovery, he would be well and able to live a life that any child — and any parent — could be proud of. Now, Jacob is 21 years old and recently out of the Army. He still has so much to look forward to, and I’ve the opportunity to watch him grow up and become the person he is today. From the day he was diagnosed to the day he went into surgery to his days spent recovering — all of this played a crucial role in the formation of Cornerstone Wealth Management Group. As I thought about what I valued most, I developed a certain philosophy toward life, something that became
what I call the “Pillars of Life.” These six pillars include spirituality, family, health, career, philanthropy, and finances. My personal mission is to live a balanced and fulfilled life, and it’s something I’m driven to help our clients achieve, as well. Cornerstone Wealth, for instance, was born out of the financial pillar. I want to serve as a cornerstone for our clients to allow them to focus on what is most important in their lives, all while doing the right thing for them to the greatest fiduciary standard. Each morning, I meditate on the six Pillars of Life. I visualize them and focus on what I want to get out of the day. I also contemplate what I need to do to maintain the balance between each pillar. When I concentrate on the pillar of career, I ask myself how I can deliver on my promise to help our clients live a balanced and fulfilled life of their own. How can I make the client experience better? The client experience is everything for the people who have come to rely on us. I want their experience to be the best possible experience they can have as investors. Whether it’s the service
or the strategies we provide, I want each client to leave our office or hang up the phone knowing that they’re in good hands and that they have a consumer advocate in the financial realm. When I wake up tomorrow morning, I’ll do as I’ve done for years. I’ll consider what it is in life that I value most, and I’ll carry it through the day as I work with colleagues, clients, and others, and as I work to help them achieve something greater.
– Scott Ford
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