Earth Day Reflections

What type of thumbprint or impact do you want to leave on your family, community or even the world?

During my day job as an investment advisor, this is one of the first questions I ask new clients before we ever start to talk about stocks, bonds, or the multitude of investment funds and strategies that are available from Wall Street.

For those of you who follow my Fiduciary Wealth Partners blog, or some of my other personal posts, you know that I have a consistent investing theme.

Don’t make investing a competition to outperform your neighbors or friends.


Invest based on your plan that is designed to meet your goals, not on the models or race others are running.

Somewhat related to this, days like Earth Day always get me thinking.

What is important in life?

For me, it’s about giving back to my community and being a good personal “fiduciary” as a husband and father.

Related to this, I posted the following poem not long ago.

The Man In The Glass

When you get what you want in your struggle for self

And the world makes you king for a day

Just go to the mirror and look at yourself

And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife 

Whose judgment upon you must pass

The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life

Is the one staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest

For he’s with you, clear to the end

And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test

If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years

And get pats on the back as you pass

But your final reward will be heartache and tears

If you’ve cheated the man in the glass. 

                     – Peter Dale Wimbrow Sr.  

Consider taking time out this Earth Day weekend to look in the mirror and think about what’s really important to you, your family and community.

What type of impact or thumbprint on the world do you want to make?


Preston McSwain is a Managing Partner and Founder of Fiduciary Wealth Partners, an SEC registered investment advisor committed to forming fiduciary wealth partnerships with clients, professional colleagues, and the community. To see more of his posts, and learn more about the causes that his firm and family support, please visit the following:


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