Updated: Sep 7
"Make your work to be in keeping with your purpose."
Leonardo Da Vinci
Although known for the Mona Lisa, the Vitruvian Man, and The Last Supper, Leonardo Da Vinci only painted about 15 works during his life. Almost 500 years since his death, the genius of Da Vinci has never been rivalled.
A commemorative edition of the 1938 Edward MacCurdy compilation of Da Vinci's journals (over 20,000 pages) includes writings and illustrations on almost every subject imaginable: anatomy, medicine, biology, zoology, hydraulics, engineering, optics, architecture, aeronautics, and physics. It includes not only the preparatory drawings for The Last Supper, but also the designs for a flying machine, created hundreds of years before Kitty Hawk, North Carolina!
When it came to wealth, Leonardo had very little of it. Aside from a small estate near Milan, Italy, Da Vinci owned very little. Many of the projects he was commissioned for could last as long as three years. During that time, he would be given room and board and his daily needs would be met.
I won't begin to speculate about Da Vinci's purpose in life or what inspired him to create the wonderful things he did. Perhaps American historian and writer, Walter Isaacson can shed some light:
We get a last glimpse of him in 1517, well settled in France but frail, when the secretary for the Cardinal of Aragon recorded a visit. "Leonardo is still in possession of a portrait of 'a certain Florentine lady,' and two other paintings that appear equally impressive. He shows off his notebooks, calling them 'an infinity of volumes,' and the account continues, 'If these were to be brought to light they would be both useful and delightful.' ”
The Secret Lives of Leonardo Da Vinci, Claudia Roth Pierpont, The New Yorker, October 9, 2017
At the end of his life, it appears that Da Vinci's desire was that his work and ideas would be shared with the world. Perhaps he just wanted to be remembered . Either way, his "work was in keeping with his purpose."
Many people are misled by the idea that getting more money is all it will take for them to experience more freedom in life, but that is almost never the case. In fact, the path to genuine freedom around money is to begin with a purpose that is greater than money itself.
When our choices align with our sense of who we are, what we stand for, and what we are committed to, we may experience a very real sense of satisfaction and contentment. No matter what choices you face, the first step is to connect with your true purpose. Discovering your true purpose, for life and for money, can pave the way for long-lasting satisfaction and fulfillment.
"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
Leonardo Da Vinci
How Do Investors Protect Themselves?
By Mark Matson
Your portfolio is trying to tell you something. Are you listening?
It is amazing the number of investors whose risk tolerance does not align with their portfolio allocation. "I'm aggressive" or "I'm conservative" is no longer adequate or suitable in today's investing environment.
How much risk do you feel comfortable with? How much risk do you need to reach your goals? How much risk are you currently taking? Your portfolio is desperately trying to tell you this and much more. Are you listening?
To find your Risk Number, click the link below.
Guernsey Financial Partners with Northwest Florida Catholic Charities for Christmas
During the holidays we all become acutely aware of the needs around us and so, this Christmas, Guernsey Financial and Northwest Florida Catholic Charities are partnering together on a mission to brighten the holidays for those who would otherwise miss out on the joy of the season. Working together we will be able to serve the basic needs of hundreds of families in our community.
Guernsey Financial will be providing Christmas trees for several families as well as hosting a toy drive during our annual Christmas Open House.
If you are planning to attend our annual Guernsey Financial Christmas Open House on Saturday, December 14, 2019 we ask that you please consider donating a new, unwrapped gift for a girl or a boy from 3 months to 16 years old. Your donation will help to bring the gift of a smile to many children.
If you are unable to attend this year's open house and would still like to participate, your donation can be dropped off at our office anytime during regular business hours leading up to December 14th.
Don't underestimate the power your gift can make. Together we can make a difference!
Tailgate Party Highlights
We had a blast with you at this year's 2nd annual Tailgate Party. Here are just a couple of pictures from our event. Visit our Facebook Page for more pictures and to stay up to date on all of our upcoming events!
Guernsey Christmas Party - Saturday, December 14, 2019
Investing Reimagined - Friday, February 14, 2020
Food For Thought - Thursday, March 26, 2020
Be An Advocate
Do you want to empower families in discovering their True Purpose for Money?
Do you want to help equip others to defeat the Wall Street bullies?
Do you want to see families discover for themselves how investing works and to be left with the knowledge to make powerful choices for themself, their family, and their future?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you can be an advocate for those you love and care about.
Here's how simple it is:
1) Invite someone to join you at one of our upcoming events.
2) Forward this to someone you care about.
Most people will not pursue these things without someone like you advocating for them.