Believing in the Power of Courage ~ Meet Our Financial Advisor ~ Eric Boyce
About four years we made a major change in placing our faith and trust in a past client and gentleman I admired as a business man, husband, father and ever giving servant to the community where he lives. We were disgusted and concerned with the level of service we were receiving from our “Best of the Best” Financial advisor we had been with since 1999. She had grown to become “Top Producer” of a large team and the personal touch vanished. We definitely did not feel the love anymore!
We met with Eric Boyce with BK Wealth Consulting (he was with another company but formed a partnership and so proud of how he is growing) and found his goal was aligned with our needs to achieve our wealth goals. Eric was willing to provide the hands on service we were looking for and expected.
I personally represented Eric and his wife Joanne on 4 home transactions and enjoyed working with them as a team on each home sale and buy. They valued my expertise and time.
In turn we value Eric’s expertise as a UT graduate with a host of experience in the financial world. We were compelled to trust him and move our portfolio to his experienced hands. I’ve been meaning to write a post about Eric and even wrote a post on his talented daughter Natalie 3 years ago! She is now in N.Y. City blazing the way as a budding photographer!
The other day on Facebook I read Eric's post and decided this tells his story….the man he is and why we trust and recommend him to family and friends. This is the whole reflection piece he wrote 10 years ago and here is the shorten version he posted on Facebook:
“I had the privilege 10 years ago to write a reflection piece as part of my wonderful Essential Class of 2008 Leadership Austin experience (of course, "the best class"). At the time, I chose to write on the subject of courage.
I've thought of this piece often, but thought I had lost it. Remarkably, I was going through some paperwork tonite and found it. The words still reflect my sentiment these many years later.
...just thought I'd share before I lose it again! :)
(read below - apologies for the extended post)
Thoughts on Courage
Eric C. Boyce
I believe in the power of courage - the courage to extend beyond oneself, to try new things and explore new ideas, options and viewpoints. Courage, which is known in other forms as fortitude and bravery, is also the ability to confront danger, fear, pain, or uncertainty. Over time, I've realized that there are limits to what I can understand and what I can control, and I continue to enhance my ability to endure the things which cannot be changed, the courage to change the things which should be changed, and the wisdom to know one from the other.
I have been blessed to know some truly courageous individuals during my lifetime, from whom I have learned that, without courage, wisdom indeed bears no fruit. This list includes not only the role models in my life, but also dear friends and loved ones who have faced and championed their own personal tragedy and trauma. I have also been personally challenged by danger, fear and uncertainty on many occasions, and I can say that the wisdom gained from these experiences has unquestionably improved the quality of my existence. Whether it be professional disappointment, the untimely loss or illness of a family member or a good friend, or a tragic accident marked by loss of life, I believe I have gained and matured from each experience, found the lessons to be learned from less than desirable circumstances, and I can awake each day without fear for the unknown.
In my opinion, the rarest courage of all is the courage of thought. As I grow older, my sense of intellectual adventure has increased, and my thirst for knowledge and understanding continues to grow. My experiences have nurtured my conscience, and enhanced my sense of community and giving. This has led me to explore new opinions and perspectives on not only people and their issues, but also on different attitudes and cultures. I admire those who have the courage to stand behind their convictions, to keep true, never be ashamed of doing right; decide on what they think is right, and stick to it.
In addition, I have come to believe that it is equally courageous to sit and listen as it is to stand and speak. Listening is most certainly different from hearing, and I have learned how important it is to understand and appreciate the value of what others have to say. Differences between us are, in fact, an implicit strength, and I believe that active dialog and communication amongst us can only further our collective goals and objectives.
Napoleon once said that courage is like love; it must have hope for nourishment. Indeed, love itself requires courage as well, to seek what you love to do, to love the person you are, and to nourish the love within a relationship. Regarding hope, an old Arabian proverb aptly muses that "he who has health, has hope; and he who has hope, has everything."
I believe in the inherent goodness in people, their righteous quest for personal growth and prosperity, and in the benefits of diversity within our society. I hope that, as I grow older, I can bear tribute to these characteristics while contributing to my community. In this light, I offer a quote by Charles Kettering: "we work every day, not to finish things; but to make the future better... because we will spend the rest of our lives there."