Featured entries from our Journal

Details Are Part of Our Difference

Podcast Episode – Meir Statman

With the Recent Events in Ukraine, Should I Make Changes to My Portfolio?

Embracing the Evidence at Anheuser-Busch – Mid 1980s

529 Best Practices

Image of the Month

Recently, Matt Hall and I had an opportunity to go to Big Sky Montana with Focus Financial to connect with other independent wealth advisors. The photo above feels a little like our Hill logo and few places feel more “long view” than Big Sky. While in Montana we shared ideas and fellowship with fiduciary advisors like HIG, and Matt even won a best-dressed contest for his ski outfit (though I never saw him on the slopes because he spent most of his time on a green run called The Pacifier:). Check out our Instagram for more.

Things Helped By Worry

Worry is a terrible strategy for solving problems.

But I have a confession to make: for a very long time, it was the only one I knew.

For example, each time I wrote a column for The New York Times, I was worried my editor would say, “Sorry, Carl, this just isn’t very good, I’m afraid that is the end of the Sketch Guy.” And then I would have to crawl under a rock, never to be heard from again.

I would bring my worries to my business partner (AKA wife). I would go on and on about, “What are we going to do if this happens?!” And when she seemed totally calm, I would say, “Aren’t you worried?!”

Because she’s generally unflappable, she would say, “I could be, if you want me to be, but I don’t see how it would help.”

It might feel like worrying helps. But as Shantideva put it:

“If you can solve your problem, then what is the need of worrying? If you can’t solve it, then what is the use of worrying?”

Worrying endlessly about something that may or may not happen in the future doesn’t help. But making a plan for what to do if that thing comes to pass does.

So now, when I catch myself starting to worry—which is often—I try to sit down and make a plan. And then I take that plan, file it away, and stop thinking about it.

That’s it. I don’t need to worry about that scenario anymore, because I have a plan.

Next time you find yourself in one of those cycles of worry, remember what Shantideva said. Action is a strategy, worry is not. So make a plan, put it away for safekeeping, and get back to work.

New Video – Buddy Reisinger

 

Walter “Buddy” Reisinger may just be one of the most interesting people at Hill Investment Group. His family has deep roots in the iconic beer company Anheuser-Busch. Buddy worked at the brewery after graduating from Princeton, and then UCLA for his MBA. His late mother created the famous Vivienne salad dressing which was bottled and sold coast to coast. Buddy had a beloved pet potbelly pig, his go-to karaoke song is “Come Sail Away,” and he secretly wishes he could be a DJ on a classic rock radio station. All that and he’s crazy smart with a kind heart. You’ll see a bit of that here in his video where he talks about what got him to become a fiduciary advisor and what keeps him here serving you. Enjoy.

Please also join us in congratulating Buddy on his first hole in one he sank this month!

Featured entries from our Journal

Details Are Part of Our Difference

Podcast Episode – Meir Statman

With the Recent Events in Ukraine, Should I Make Changes to My Portfolio?

Embracing the Evidence at Anheuser-Busch – Mid 1980s

529 Best Practices

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