We are always being told that we should love what we do for a job. They probably follow that with some platitude about how if you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life. Or some other cliche like that. I say that because I have what many people would consider a dream job. I am a sports journalist and for the last decade, I have made a living watching sports, talking to athletes and sharing my experiences.
As a baseball junkie since I was old enough to read, I know I am blessed that I get to cover professional baseball as a reporter. But make no mistake, my job is work. The hours are odd and long, the deadlines are stressful, and there is a by-product of doing the thing you love as your job over time. You stop loving it as much. I know because, after years of putting in the grind, it happened to me. It got to the point that, if I wasn’t being paid to cover a sporting event, I rarely watched it. This included my beloved baseball.
That changed recently as my son is getting to be the age where he enjoys going to the ballpark to watch games. I love watching him grow to love the sport just as I did when I was his age. I covered over 70 games this past season. My favorite game of the season was the one I got to spend with him and the rest of my family eating sunflower seeds in the cheap seats. I work and I save so that I can have more of those moments.
As their motto suggests, Vanguard clients don’t live to invest, but invest to live.
According to a recent study by Vanguard and Kelton Global, their clients spend six more hours per week, on average, with their kids compared with clients of other investment firms. Their clients are also 24% more likely to feel involved with their kids compared with clients of other investment firms.
That’s because Vanguard takes a different approach to investing. It’s a community of investors with a shared focus on long-term planning instead of chasing short-term fads. It’s where investors like me belong. Vanguard believes in adhering to a long-term investing outlook so when you are ready, you’ll be able to spend more time enjoying the things that make life worth investing in. That means less time spent in the press box and more out in the cheap seats.
To get us ready to do it all again next season, we even bought matching jerseys and hats this Christmas with the money we saved. What would you do with a little extra money?
The Where Investors Belong survey was conducted by market research firm Kelton Global in 2016. It polled 1,000 Vanguard clients and compared them with 1,000 clients of other investment firms. All differences between Vanguard clients and clients of other investment firms are statistically significant at the 95% confidence level. The parental stat refers to clients with children of any age who provided the number of hours per week they typically spend with their children or who, compared to other people they may know, believe to be more involved in their child’s life. . The experiences of these Vanguard clients may not be representative of the experience of other Vanguard clients and aren’t a guarantee of future investment performance or success.
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