Welcome to “Discovering Wisdom, over Coffee with Mark Bertrang”, author in “Investments Don’t Hug; Embracing the Life Insurance Asset”.
During each podcast, Mark visits with a guest who shares life experiences, career knowledge and the gift of their personal wisdom. Knowledge may be acquired quickly; but, wisdom often takes a lifetime.
Each of these audio podcasts are like sitting at a table with Mark and a guest, sharing important lessons of wisdom over a cup of coffee. Discussions may be mild, while some conversations may be of a bold, dark roast variety; but the goal for each is to provide new information from an expert in their field to help make your life more fulfilling.
The Glass Bull
You've heard of the story about the Achilles Heel or a Glass Jaw. Today, Mark Bertrang shares the story about The Glass Bull. Decades ago, Mark purchased this bull in the village of Murano on an outlying island of Venice, Italy. A small group of world class glass factories are located there, where handblown works of art are produced. Mark carried this bull throughout Italy fearful it would break. It didn't. Yet as it was then, it is still a fragile piece that helps to tell a story of beauty and venerability today.
Get in the Game!
There are those folks who sit in the stands or armchair quarterback from their mancave. Yet, to win you actually have to get off your duff and get into the game. Playing is oftentimes difficult. It takes training, practicing and endurance. That’s why most of us simply sit in our overstuffed Lazy-boys and yell at our big screen televisions after each play of the game. For some, money is also a game. Are you watching or are you ‘in the game’? Are you waiting for an outcome or are you working toward your outcome?
Scarcity, Abundance & Dryer Sheets
You may live in a world of scarcity or a world of abundance. Often, we choose the world in which we live, because of our own upbringing. We bring our own circumstances to the world that we live in. Many believe that their world is out of their control and sometimes it is; but maybe our mind limits us more than our own individual circumstances. Mark Bertrang uses a simple story about dryer sheets when you do your laundry to explore the possibilities of prosperity-thinking in your life.
Outliers and the Life Insurance Asset
People talk about 'averages' as if they actually live in an average world, where everything plays out in average-ways. Is that really how life works? Do you want to be average or are you an Outlier, who wants to live in a non-average world, a world full of possibilities which aren't average, but are unique? Let's discuss averages, outliers, your life and the options to live a more impactful life using the Life Insurance Asset in a non-average way.
Coffee Break: 4-Year-Old Broken Refrigerator
I was scrolling through my Facebook feed recently and saw this post from a client and friend of mine, lamenting on how his four-year-old refrigerator died. It was brand new in 2018 at a cost of $1,900. He and his family had to move all of it contents to a nearly thirty-year-old refrigerator in their basement that has now outlasted two modern refrigerators. He went on to say - "The new stuff just sucks when it comes to reliability." Do you ever feel that way.? I know I do. This is a perfect example of what I have seen for the past thirty-five plus years in the life insurance industry. The advertisements are always trying to sell you the new and the improved, when all you really want is something that simply lasts the test of time. Here's my take on what lasts.
Coffee Break: Alfie, What's it all about?
In the mid-1960s Michael Caine starred in a British comedy/drama title: Alfie. It might be better known by the question which was also part of its title and a song which became famous by Dionne Warwick - "What's it all about?". Today is Mark Bertrang's birthday and it is not unusually for each of us to ask this same question of ourselves. Mark shares an intimate story of what he believes his calling is all about.