June 16th was Afflora Financial Life Planning’s 2nd birthday! I’ve been in the financial planning profession for 11 years now and founding this company was the best decision I’ve ever made. Being an entrepreneur, and in particular running a financial planning practice, has been so gratifying. I often joke that I live and breathe financial planning. I am truly fortunate to have a career that satisfies my passion to help others get a better handle on their financial lives.
It was incredible that this month, while celebrating Afflora's 2nd birthday, InvestmentNews magazine announced that I’ve been named to their 2018 national 40 Under 40 list chosen from a pool of almost 1,000 nominated financial advisors and industry professionals. This award recognizes young talent in the financial industry based on their level of accomplishment, contribution to the financial advice industry, leadership, and promise for the future.
What an amazing birthday present, am I right? 🎁
All joking aside - this is a big moment for me. It’s such an honor to be included in this select group of professionals and recognized by one of the industry’s top publications for my work and dedication to the profession. However, at the risk of sounding self-indulgent, I wanted to take a second to celebrate this win with you - my readers and my clients.
What I’ve Learned the Last Two Years
I could take this time to brag on my accomplishments that led up to the InvestmentNews' 40 Under 40, but I’m going to be honest - I know that the only reason for this accomplishment is because of God. He's empowered me to do the amazing work that I love, He’s blessed me with an incredible wife and kids, and clients who I consider to be extended family.
Why Am I Sharing This With You?
You may be wondering why I’m telling you this. The truth is, I also have YOU to thank. Without you, InvestmentNews never would have recognized me for this honor. I wouldn’t have the practice I have, or a job I love in a profession I’m passionate about. I always tell my clients that their successes feel like my successes, and I want the reverse to be true. My successes should feel like your successes, because without you none of this is possible. So - thank you! Let’s celebrate! 🎉
Desmond Henry is a fee-only CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™ professional and founder of Afflora Financial Life Planning in Topeka, Kansas. He helps the retiring/retired plan their finances and invest their money. CLICK HERE to learn more.