A tin of Beans is a Recipe for Success

Posted by siteadmin on Wednesday 2nd December 2015.

It’s been a hectic fortnight for me. I’ve been hurtling around an iconic stadium, dining with a Mayor and Mayoress and playing a part in one of Pinner’s best ever Pantomime Evenings.

But the inspiration for this blog came while in a familiar setting and from a source I know very well. That being my son, Ben.

We were both in the kitchen a few weeks ago. Ben was reading and I was struggling to open a tin of beans in preparation for my signature dish of beans on toast as we were fending for ourselves that evening.

For the life of me I couldn't get this damn tin open. The can opener seemed to be conspiring against me. I'm honest enough to declare that I'm not the most practical of men around the kitchen. But the laws of physics were conspiring against me and this was now becoming technical.

Frustrated and exasperated I said to Ben ‘how do you open this blinking thing?’ In fact, I used a harsher phrase but it's not fit for publication!

Ben was amazed. His reply set off the chain of thoughts which have led to this blog.

'Are you kidding me? You can’t open a tin of beans? It’s a simple life skill Dad!' And with a shake of his head he opened the beans.

He must have been feeling very sorry for his old Dad as he then went on to make my beans on toast for me. If I’m being brutally honest even beans on toast challenges my minuscule culinary skills.

Now here’s the point. I’ve never felt the need or desire to learn how to cook and that’s why my kitchen repertoire is so pitifully limited.

More importantly than that, my wife Caroline is a superb cook and does so for a living. She enjoys it, is interested in different styles of cooking and her passion for the subject translates into her skills saving me from starving.

I see the same with clients. They may be interested in financial planning to some degree but what's for sure is that they are certainly not passionate about it. For them, it's more about what management of their finances can do for their plans in life.

By a comparison, it’s my job to know what ingredients make the best financial flans. Oops, I mean plans.

I’d like to think that one of my main strengths is that I recognise my weaknesses.

Again this can be applied to clients and financial planning. By finding the weak areas of a client’s plan we can do something about it give it some depth and strength.

Away from the heat of the kitchen I’m delighted to say that along with team members, Graeme Ison and Dave John in Team ADR Performance we competed in the first ever Daytona Cup.

Held on a challenging track within the former Olympic Stadium in Stratford as a support event to the Race of Champions, teams of up to three drivers competed in a one and a half hour endurance race in DMAX High Performance Karts on the unique Circuit. We battled against every type of weather imaginable including snow, hail, rain and eventual sunshine creating a real challenge in the very wet conditions.

Having started 21st on the grid, we got up to 15th where I ran the middle stint and held position. Despite some problems, we finished a credible 19th battling against some very quick youngsters.

Being able to take part in this event and follow my interests is one of the reasons I’m passionate about the work I do.

I see financial planning as a pathway to establishing control where whilst I was Away in Tenerife recently, I came up with the new life phrase of 'Work Hard, Play Hard and Rest Hard'.

I also had the pleasure last week of escorting the Mayor and Mayoress of Harrow on their annual walk around the shops in Pinner to judge the Christmas Shop Window contest.

It was part of my role as chairman of the Pinner & Northwood Business Club. The traditional Pantomime Evening which followed went superbly well. Traders told me that the turnout had exceeded expectations and one long time visitor to pantomime night told me she felt it was ‘one of the best ever.’

Congratulations to all of those who volunteered their time to make it such a success.