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March 2018

The bottom line is you

John Saunders on Persevering to the End WHAT GOALS ARE YOU CHASING?

have to work hard to achieve your goals. You have to plan and follow through. And you need support to guide you along the way. with our clients. The bottom line is you have to work hard to achieve your goals. You have to plan and follow through. And you need support to guide you along the way. These are things I’ve told my oldest son, as well. He’s getting ready to graduate from Mount St. Mary’s this spring. He’ll graduate with a degree in computer science and a minor in cybersecurity. Getting to this point as a family has taken a lot of planning. For my son, that planning doesn’t end at graduation. He’s pursuing a career in a competitive field. He has to work hard, show up early, and stay late. He has to be determined and persevere. No matter what your goals are, whether they’re financial, personal, or anything else, having these traits can make the difference between quitting three-quarters of the way through or making it to the end and achieving something truly great.

A big personal accomplishment of mine was competing in a Tough Mudder. If you’ve never heard of a Tough Mudder, it’s an endurance obstacle course. The one I participated in was 13 miles long. Tough Mudder is also associated with a number of charities. They work with organizations like the Wounded Warrior Project, which offers support to our wounded vets. This all resonated with me. From the challenge of the Tough Mudder to supporting wounded vets, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. I had always been pretty active, but I wanted to push myself further. A Tough Mudder is a good way to do just that. They can challenge even those who are very active and in top shape. I trained for several months, and even hired a trainer to push me more. In April 2013 we arrived at the big day. I have a lot of memories of that day in the mountains of West Virginia, but there is one that really stands out: how cold it was. For a day in April, it was remarkably frigid, and the danger of hypothermia was real. My mind was on the finish line, but it was quite the challenge. I can honestly say there were several times I wanted to quit. At about the three-quarter mark, my knees started to give out, and I wondered how much farther they would take me as I pushed forward.

But I had the support I needed to do just that — push forward. Both the group I was with and my wife encouraged me. So, I remained determined. As the oldest member of my group, sheer determination and perseverance went a long way. I had trained hard and wanted to see that training though. container of frigid water. Not only did I have to deal with the shock and pain of the cold, I had to focus on getting out. It was no easy task. Once in the water, I had to swim under a barrier. The cold takes your breath away, and you’ve got to move fast. In a word, it was brutal. But I made it through. On the plus side, once I was out of the water, the cold West Virginian air felt warm. I attribute so much of my determination and perseverance to my training. My trainer gave me solid goals. On top of that, my wife was supportive every step of the way — and I mean that literally. The day of the Mudder, she was out there as I made my way through the course. It didn’t matter that it was freezing. She was determined to see me through to the end, and she did. This is an accomplishment that has stuck with me. In many ways, it’s a reflection of my philosophy in what we do at Cornerstone Wealth Group One of the most difficult obstacles came when I had to jump into a

– John Saunders

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