In early January I mentioned to my Facebook friends that I’m working on a new book, a follow-up to Raising Financially Fit Kids, that, for now, I’m calling Great Families. It’s a topic I’ve been thinking about for a long time, mostly because ‘raising financially fit kids’ is easier in families with an intention towards family greatness. What that means, how they attain it, and what the impact on the rest of the world might be is the focus of this next book.
For the majority of us, achievements of individual family members were noted and celebrated. And having a parent, sibling, or other relative who achieved greatness of some kind might reflect on the rest of the family in some way. But family greatness, in the sense of a group of people bound by a shared vision that rests on the shared development of human and financial capital, is a notion that has only recently gained traction.
Dynasty might once have been thought of as a form of greatness, but dynasty, in the sense of power and influence for its own sake, is not what I’m interested in. Rather, I’ve become intrigued and fascinated by families who are as interesting, dynamic, and exciting as a Google or a Pixar. These are families with a purposeful mission statement, and a meaningful plan for realizing their mission statement, families that invest real time and money in the development of family.
I’m not writing ‘secrets of the rich and famous’ (trust is, after all, one of the most valued assets of great families), but I plan to share insights gained from the extraordinary families I have the privilege of working with. I’ll be interested in your thoughts, musings, and points of view. This is a big topic—begging questions like, what is family? What is family greatness? And, why does it matter?
Stay tuned. I’ll use this blog and my Facebook page to share some of my work and get your feedback as the work unfolds. Send me a note if you’re interested in hearing more.