Scott Stevens: What's your magic number?

21 days ago

Scott Stevens

Head of Recruitment & Acquisitions

29 September 2020

Happiness and subjective well-being involves having mastery over the things that you are required to do, autonomy and choice in your life and positive human relationships often driven by a strong sense of purpose.

Einstein said, ‘strive not to be a success, but to be of value’, and being valuable is a synonym of purposeful. Whilst not everyone may have defined goals, everyone can probably articulate their purpose.

That purpose may well involve the people in your life, your colleagues and friends, those you love and those that love you. It may well involve mastery over the things that you do. Being good at your work, your pursuits and your roles in life. It may well involve having autonomy and the freedom to make choices.

We have purpose as individuals and businesses need purpose. If I asked an adviser why they were in business I doubt any of them would say so that I can maintain a position on the hedonic treadmill of purchasing and materialism. To buy things I don’t need, maybe with money I don’t have to impress people I don’t like! We all ignore purpose at our peril.

With many advisers in their mid to late fifties, there is much talk about the advisory profession getting older and the need to attract younger talent. Indeed, I have been one of the biggest exponents of this problem. However, our recent research suggests that this is the age at which people can produce some of their most creative work.

A study of Nobel prize winners found that there were two peaks of creativity. The first between the ages of 25 and 29 and a second around the age of 57. The younger innovators, the researchers categorised as ‘conceptual.’ They challenge conventional wisdom with ‘out of the box’ thinking. They see very early how things can be done differently.

The older innovators were categorised as ‘experimental’. Having accumulated years of knowledge and experience throughout their careers they can now analyse that knowledge to then come up with new ways of thinking.

So, your mid to late fifties can be a purposeful time when you not only have high levels of mastery and autonomy, but you could also be producing some of your most creative work and enjoying the most fulfilling time in your career.

Retirement should be seen a series of transitions rather than an event and that advisers at coming up to retirement age should stop and think about how they can produce some of their most valuable and impactful work.

As well as attracting the young conceptual thinkers, the profession also needs to retain the older experimental innovators.

Scott Stevens is director of recruitment and acquisitions for Quilter Financial Planning.

This column first appeared on FT Adviser 5th August 2020.

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