We started off on the right foot when we landed in Heathrow on April 9.

Instead of going directly to our rental we commissioned a 3-hour Black Cab Tour of London. Our guide Brian was so knowledgeable and friendly that he not only taught us about the city, but he also gave a valuable lesson that I carry with me even today.

If you find yourself in unfamiliar territory, here’s what to do:

  • Seek the Expert: Find someone who’s been here before. They’ll show you the most important stuff you need to know now and will save you tons of time in the future.
  • Get the Big Picture: Don’t get lost in the details at the very beginning. Understand where everything is and why everything is the way it is. Save the details for later.
  • Loosen Up: Understand that you won’t be in control until you know more. Become comfortable with not knowing and have faith that others have it covered until you’re ready.

So, what does this have to do with now?

Good question!

It’s been a bumpy five years to get here, but I’m now in a pretty decent place financially. Not great, but stable.

I’m looking for ways to grow, with my money as well as my management skills of said funds.

The more I learn, the more I realize I don’t know. So, I’m dedicating myself to applying these three lessons to my current situation.

I’m seeking out professionals who’ve been here before, coming to understand my own Big Picture, and being OK with learning before I leap.

This is the start of something better. I can feel it… even if I can just barely see it on the horizon.

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