Money Matters

Investments in the Human Condition

As many of you may know, my show and articles revolving around the theme Money Matters involves more than just money. My video series “Investing in Community” details events and organizations that exist in our area. My articles can go off topic into non-profits and plain old summer fairs. The commonality among all of them is the investment we make in what we call the human condition, no matter what it entails.

One’s greatest investment in my opinion in one investment in oneself and taking inventory of what is there in you already is a great exercise in illustrating one’s own attributes and interests. By doing this, we can build from a position strength instead of a position of fantasy. This simply means identifying what you like and what you are good at, and then moving forward. I tried this exercise below and this is what I came up. See if it draws a picture in your mind of who I am and then do the exercise it yourself to see who you are, and then build from there.

My greatest talent and skill quite frankly is interacting with people. My parents were highly interactive with people in a variety of capacities. This has rubbed off on me. Quite simply, I love interacting with others on all levels, whether it be at school, where I converse with friends and school administrators, at any of my volunteer capacities where I have the opportunity to help those that are less fortunate, with other people in general who can teach me things about life, or just with strangers I meet at a Starbucks or in some of the other places if find myself in during my day to day travels.

I love to question what I see and have others question me about what I think. I love to interact with those in other cities, schools, businesses or even countries when I have had the opportunity. I want to know why people do what they do and make the decisions they make. I want to give my input as well, which I think is a highly blended version of common sense mixed with an astute observation of what is working and what is not.

People often surprise me as to their acceptance of my ideas and at other times are surprisingly unwilling to take advice on any level. The former I take as a compliment and a confidence builder that spurs me on to even more interaction. The latter a blend of stubbornness and ignorance on their part. No matter what the outcome however, I find it all unexpected and interesting.

Life is indeed a wonder. Every morning I cannot wait for it to show me the day’s blend of simplicity yet opposing complexity.

Who will cross my path today? What will they say? What will I say? Will I contribute greatly today or simply observe and learn to enhance another day?

My greatest talent is knowing and enjoying those around me, my co-passengers of this ride called the human condition.

And now that I have who I am clearly defined, I can now take the next step in investing in myself and start earnestly building from there.

This article expresses the opinions of Marc Cuniberti and are opinions only and should not be construed or acted upon as individual investment advice. Mr. Cuniberti is an Investment Advisor Representative through Cambridge Investment Research Advisors, Inc., a Registered Investment Advisor. Marc can be contacted at MKB Financial Services 164 Maple St #1, Auburn, CA 95603 (530) 823-2792. MKB Financial Services and Cambridge are not affiliated. His website is California Insurance License # OL34249

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