ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Trust the Professionals!

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

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Photo by David Siglin

We might wield a hammer, troubleshoot downloads, and handle mobile banking, but that doesn’t turn us into expert carpenters, IT pros, or banking specialists. Despite our self-sufficiency (and dislike for asking for help), there are times when trusting the professionals is the wisest choice.

And for good reason: in our busy lives, tapping into someone’s superior practice, insight, and experience can save time rather than reinventing the wheel.

Here’s a list of some trusted experts likely in your life:

  • Handyman.
  • Mechanic.
  • CPA with business acumen.
  • Certified Financial Planner.
  • Tech support for your computer.
  • Medical professional.
  • Editor.
  • Banker.
  • Travel agent.
  • Lawyer.

Basically, anyone else with skills you don’t possess and can’t reasonably acquire.

Think about it. You might handle a tire change, but can you replace an engine? Applying a bandage is one thing, but treating an infection or disease is another. Booking a flight is easy, but arranging a hotel in a foreign town without knowing the language?

You get what you pay for.

That said, I don’t know you—maybe you have some of these skills. Maybe you have all of them. Even so, there will come a time when your choices are to trust the professionals or get in way over your head. Make the right choice.

Of course, if you think you can manage a project on your own, go for it. There are plenty of home projects most of us are more than capable of accomplishing on our own, with nothing more than a trip to the hardware store and a few hours on YouTube.

But if you’re in danger of putting yourself or someone else at risk, making an irreversible mistake, or making things worse than they already are, just trust the professionals. That’s what they’re there for.