There is a great story that floats around the Interwebs and was captured by John Bogle in one of his books.  Kurt Vonnegut and Joseph Heller, both very successful authors, were at a party being given by a hedge fund billionaire.  Vonnegut told Heller the host made more money in a day and Heller had from all the sales of his best-selling novel Catch-22.  Heller replied, ”But I have something he’ll never have…enough”.

Many people continue to strive after the elusive “get ahead”.  Sometimes this is in a job they don’t like because they feel like they must.  They are chasing some number, deal, promotion, or they feel it’s what’s expected of them.  It’s important to realize we don’t have to participate in this game.

So what else is there?  What is it that you really want to do?  This could be spending more time with your family.  It could be travel.  It could be changing jobs to something less stressful and demanding that would allow you to pursue other passions.   This boils down to not putting off to “someday” or “eventually” your true life priorities.

It’s why I practice what I refer to as values-based planning.  It takes the endlessly striving and flips it on its head.  The goal is to build the life you want now or in the near future by aligning what is truly important to you.  Once you’re clear on the priorities we create the plan that can make that happen and build the resources needed to actually accomplish it.

If you’re interested in having a partner to talk through what your enough looks like, consider scheduling a complimentary, discovery meeting at Next Mission Financial Planning.




  • Mike Hunsberger, ChFC®, CFP®, CCFC

    Mike Hunsberger, ChFC®, CFP®, CCFC is the owner of Next Mission Financial Planning located in Saint Charles, Missouri serving clients across the US and wherever the military takes them. After 25 years in the Air Force he started his firm to support military, former military, and retirees through values-based financial planning enabling clients to live their best lives.