If you know anything about philosophy in general, you know it has something to do with the pursuit of wisdom, “an overall vision of or attitude toward life and the purpose of life.” You may or may not know that at the heart of every philosophy is the age-old question, “What is a good life?” Philosophers and regular, everyday people like you and me, philosophize all the time, whether we are aware of it or not. While “philosophy” itself, as a subject, is often thought of as a purely intellectual pursuit reserved for professors and their students at universities, there is a way in which we are all philosophers in pursuit of a good life. Political wrangling aside, we come together and split apart over common and/or different philosophies of life. The problem for all of us is that no one can really define for anyone else what a good life is; we have to work that out for ourselves. And then we have to be engaged in the process of actually making it happen in our lives, not just talking about it.
Making a Good Life Happen® is the business philosophy at Bell Investment Advisors. As we often say in our ads, “It’s not just about your money; it’s about your life.” On the most basic level, we believe that everyone wants a good life, but that the problem lies with the fact that most people simply cross their fingers and hope they will have one. There are no guarantees, of course, and hope is not a strategy. As people evolve and mature, most people eventually realize that their “real” job in life is to become a grown-up, one who is a good, responsible manager of their life. This is the most challenging job you will ever have. You don’t and can’t know everything about everything. You will have to get help at times from friends, family, teachers, philosophers, and professionals.
That’s where Bell Investment Advisors comes in. Through investment management, financial planning, and career/life coaching, we intend to help people gain clarity about who they are and what they want and help them develop a strategy and a plan to make it happen.
Our business philosophy pervades just about everything we do. Consequently, there is Making a Good Life Happen—The Philosophy; Making a Good Life Happen—The Blog, which concerns managing career/life issues effectively; Making a Good Life Happen—The Package, which is a special offer that bundles career/life coaching services with financial planning to give you a sense of where you stand in relation to your money and how you may want to develop your career for optimal satisfaction; Making a Good Life Happen—The Webinar, which addresses our philosophy and how it relates to your money, career, and life; and once a quarter, we have our Making a Good Life Happen—The Lunch in our office from noon to 1:30 pm. If you haven’t attended that lunch yet, or if you would like to attend again, you are most welcome. This is a great networking opportunity and a chance to revisit or update your philosophy of life.
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.