Making a Good Life Happen—The Explanation

Making a Good Life Happen—The Explanation


After the democratic convention in North Carolina, President Obama and others quipped that former President Clinton should be appointed the Secretary of Explainin’ Stuff.

While I am not qualified to explain in detail our investment management strategies nor our financial planning offers—that is not my educational background, licensing or professional certification—I am fluent in career and life coaching matters, because that is my area of expertise by virtue of my education, training, and 25 years of experience in the field. To find out more about what I have to say on the subject, tune in to my career/life coaching blog, Making a Good Life Happen, which can be reached from our home page ( by clicking first on “Services”, then on “Career/Life Coaching Blog”, or by going directly to

My other major responsibility at Bell is heading up our in-house and off-site marketing teams. It is within that role that I am a primary writer and editor of our website and other marketing materials. As such, I am often in the position of explainin’ stuff, such as the meaning behind Jim’s and my personal and business philosophy, “Making a Good Life Happen”. You may have noticed we use the phrase frequently: Making a Good Life Happen–The Lunch; Making a Good Life Happen–The Blog; Making a Good Life Happen–The Column (in the Piedmont Post); and at some point in 2013, Making a Good Life Happen–The Book.

You may or may not know that Jim and I consider ourselves “seekers”. We met at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley where we both were studying religion, philosophy, and spirituality. One of the most profound things we learned was that there is only one basic philosophical question that every philosophy and religion attempts to answer. It is this: What is a good life?

We have been thinking about that question and answering it for ourselves ever since. We learned a few other important things at GTU as well: 1) everyone is a philosopher, whether they realize it or not; 2) no one can tell someone else what a good life is—that has to be determined on one’s own; and 3) philosophy is an active, not passive matter. It is not only about deciding what a good life is and then hoping it will happen. It is about deciding what a good life means to you, and then doing the very best you can to make it happen. When you get stuck, get help.

At Bell, we offer help in three important aspects of life: your career, your money, and your life. We help our clients define what a good life is for them, and then do what we can to help them make that good life happen. It is meaningful, purposeful, satisfying, difficult work.

Next time: Our Momentum-Based Strategy–The Explanation. For now, a hint: How to Build Positive Momentum for Life.

Making a Good Life Happen–the Lunch
Nov. 28, 12–1:30 pm, Oakland, California

Jim Bell, CFP®, President and Founder
Bonnie Bell, Director, Career/Life Coaching

Join us for lunch, networking with interesting professionals, and an opportunity to learn about our firm’s philosophy, “Making a Good Life Happen”. This could have a direct impact on your future! Space is limited, and reservations are required. For inquiries and/or reservations, email

Our dear Bonnie Bonetti-Bell was the force behind our Career/Life Coaching services, until her passing in 2019. As a principal of our firm, Bonnie had an innate talent for seeing the best in people. Moreover, she helped others see the best in themselves. Bonnie is fondly remembered and deeply missed.

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