I’m a big fan of Seth Godin. I had the pleasure of hearing him speak several weeks ago at a fairly intimate engagement. Of the many statements that impacted me, one in particular truly stood out.
Reading from my poorly scribbled transcription of his talk, he stated, “A genius is someone who is not a system but does something that wasn’t written down and solves a problem.” In his book Linchpin, Seth eloquently states, “A genius looks at something that others are stuck on and gets the world unstuck.”
So, I said to myself, “Self, who in the financial planning industry is a genius? Who is getting us unstuck?”
Rather than determine myself who the current geniuses are, I decided to involve everyone. So I ask, “Who is breaking away from lists and truly paving new paths to help us (1) change habits and (2) achieve financial freedom while (3) captivating us in the process?”
I am taking nominations until March 31, 2010. Simply leave the name and web address (if available) of your nominee and why you think he or she is a Financial Planning Genius in the comments section below. You can also tweet me (@RabbitFunds) your nominations using the hashtag #fpg2010.
On April 6th, I will announce the four Financial Planning Geniuses for 2010 based on a review of the nominations.
As you consider nominees, reflect on the three points I have numbered above as a guideline for qualifying candidates. And remember, this isn’t about who is the smartest, but who is “getting us unstuck.”
You Can Win $25
To make it interesting for you, if you nominate an individual that wins, then you’ll win a $25 gift card to Amazon.com or iTunes (you pick). If more than one person nominates the same individual, then I will randomly select one winner for the $25 gift card. Please limit your nominations to two candidates, though feel free to comment on others’ nominations.
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