Experience Counts

Monday, December 21, 2015 | Leave a comment

Recently, I attended the Million Dollar Round Table Top Conference in San Francisco where I heard Captain Sully Sullenberger speak. Sully was the captain of flight 1549 that crash landed into the Hudson River after a flock of geese filled up both of his engines causing the engines to lose power and fail to reignite. On that wintery January day, January 15, 2009, Captain Sullenberger saved 150 lives during his heroic crash landing.

He is the author of the book Highest Duty and writes about that historic moment in time. After losing altitude quickly and not having enough momentum to reach a local airport, Captain Sullenberger decided to force an emergency landing on the Hudson River. He saved 150 lives by taking swift and decisive action to crash land the plane into the frigid, swirling waters. By putting his flaps up and keeping the nose of his DC-10 in the air and the wings level, he was able to land the plane intact and unload all of his passengers onto the wings of the aircraft.

As my father, Jack Welch quips, “Flying is 99% boredom and 1% sheer terror.” You don’t really understand the benefit of an experienced, well-trained pilot until you are faced with a crisis that is unexpected. What helped Captain Sullenberger make the correct instinctive choices that saved 150 lives came down to experience, training, teamwork and DNA. He was an ex-fighter pilot trained at the Air Force Academy. He had the highest level of education both in the classroom and in the cockpit of a jet. He was trained in how to stay calm during difficulties and make the right decisions for passengers and the crew of each flight.

Having the right captain flying the jet you are a passenger in is crucial during a crisis. The same may be true for the retirement wealth advisor you choose to help you navigate the turbulent financial times that may lie ahead. During a financial crisis you want an experienced wealth advisor to help you make decisions. Emotionally, you may make incorrect choices or may hesitate in making any choices at all.

Similar to having Captain Sullenberger steer flight 1549 to safety, a competent, experienced retirement wealth advisor may help you have peace of mind. Imagine having a retirement wealth advisor steer you through whatever financial troubles may come. Wouldn’t it be nice to have some of the costs of everyday living covered by additional guaranteed income for life? Your retirement wealth advisor can help you keep together what you’ve worked so hard to put together. We understand that you are in control of your financial future, and we’re here to help you create the retirement plan you deserve.

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