November 15, 2023 CFO Agency

Mount Rushmore Musings Part 4

“We, here in America, hold in our hands the hope of the world, the fate of the coming years; and shame and disgrace will be ours if in our eyes the light of high resolve is dimmed, if we trail in the dust the golden hopes of men.” -Theodore Roosevelt, March 1912

As I read this again I can’t help but ask myself, “How are we doing?” – as a country, as a people?  

The state of our economy certainly doesn’t light up anyone’s eyes to discuss. Hope for the upcoming year is lost in fear and division in ways we have never really experienced at least during my lifetime.   

The golden hopes of men; If we gathered 20 people together to discuss what this would be today my guess is we would have 15 – 20 different answers. Some would have trouble even knowing how to answer.

I often experience the same thing when I ask my clients “What is the money for?” Some of my clients just know how to work really hard and they love what they do. It’s not about the money, so thinking about their money working for them is a foreign concept. Some of my clients feel like they have never really achieved the mark, a level of achievement they set for themselves, to be able to begin to dream and contribute.  

Where do you find yourself? 

Are you able to think about the fate of the coming years and not just your own lifetime? 

This is a good conversation to begin to explore during these challenging times. Our country could really benefit from some good visionary leadership these days.


Laurie SaylesNovember 17, 2023 at 4:00 am

I have such a solid understanding of where I am going, and that includes my money. However, I must admit that the ‘happenings’ of life can really put a hamper on the direction.. The attack on the disadvantaged communities of this country has been at the forefront of my mind, because I am a proud participant of programs that help move the needle for me to develop wealth, offer jobs and have power and influence.. So, despite what I see going on in the world….I will stay focused on the destination!


Sue ThompsonNovember 22, 2023 at 2:24 pm

Laurie you are such an inspiration for so many, thank you for all that you do and all that you are.



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