ST. CROIX INSIGHTS

Trust the Professionals!

BY BRETT ANDERSON/ST.CROIX ADVISORS, LLC

Photo by David Siglin

We might be able to swing a hammer, troubleshoot a failed download, and deposit a check through our mobile banking app, but that doesn’t make us expert carpenters, IT professionals, or banking specialists. Even though we’re self-sufficient creatures (who may hate asking for help), there are times in life when the best thing to do is trust the professionals.

And with good reason: we’re all busy, so when someone has tons more practice, insight, and experience than us, it makes sense to benefit from their expertise instead of reinventing the wheel ourselves.

Here’s a list of some of the most trusted people in your life, assuming you can find the right people:

  • Handyman.
  • Mechanic.
  • CPA with business acumen.
  • Certified Financial Planner.
  • Someone to fix your computer.
  • Medical professional.
  • Editor.
  • Banker.
  • Travel agent.
  • Lawyer.

Anyone else with skills you don’t possess and can’t reasonably acquire.
Think about it. You might know how to change a tire, but can you install a new engine? You can apply a bandage to a wound, but can you treat yourself for an infection or disease? You can book a flight, but can you make a hotel reservation in a small town in a foreign country when you don’t speak the language?

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 electrocuting yourself, making an irredeemable mistake, putting yourself or someone else at risk, or in any way making things worse than they already are…just trust the professionals. That’s what they’re there for.

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