Q: Tell us a little about your background and how you got into this business with Asset Strategies?
Sheldon: I got into the business based upon the experience of growing up with a financial planner; that would be my father.
I can remember many discussions when I was in high school and asking him, “What are you doing, why, how do you help people and why do they work with you?”
When I went to college (at the University of Missouri-Columbia where I obtained my bachelor degree in business) all I wanted to do is take business courses.
I started right out of college in the financial planning business the next day working in this very business, Asset Strategies, Inc.
I’ve been in this business now 33 years, all of them with Asset Strategies.
Q: At the University of Missouri, was there a professor who taught you something that stands out today?
The things that I learned the most came from my economics classes.
One of the basic concept I use all the time now is something I didn’t understand when taking the test; the concept of “guns and butter.”
The professor used to talk about “guns and butter” over and over and I didn’t know what he was talking about. It’s so applicable today.
What it means is the government has only so many dollars.
So we have to decide how much is to be spent on social programs, how much is going to be used for defense, and how much is going to be used all over.
That’s what “guns and butter” is all about.
Q: What’s made you successful at Asset Strategies?
Sheldon: I think what’s made me successful is my passion. I believe every one of our clients at Asset Strategies is an extended family.
I watch people go through their life-cycle events, starting with birth and ending with death. It’s so rewarding to be a part of those decisions.
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