Dynamic Chiropractic - February 28, 1992, Volume 10, Issue 05|
The Greenfield Chiropractic Financial News
By -- Stanley Greenfield, R.H.U.
NewsletterSee pages xx, Parts #J-314-C for information on how to order
To authoritatively give a review of the Greenfield Chiropractic Financial News, I must be quite candid. No one needs this newsletter more than I do.
For over 50 years I've had to support my family and myself. While I have been able to do so, I have often had little to show for my diligence. As a boy I was an actor. Many times I had to take roles I didn't want to do because I needed the work or did a role for less money because I was told that in the long run it would help my career. Yes -- my family and I were fed, but it always seemed that we were living on the edge of poverty. This was in spite of some starring roles and promising contracts.
But acting wasn't the only thing I did. In the past I've painted wall lockers, dug ditches, managed and worked in gyms, and edited magazines. Like so many others, my life has been a potpourri of endeavors to keep alive.
The sad part is that after over 50 years of work I still don't have a gold watch or heavy bank account. Just recently I lost over half a million dollars in real estate. Half a million dollars in equity that I never knew I had until it was lost, which meant that I never got to enjoy what I didn't know I had.
One has to wonder how many others have had similar lives. A lot of work with little to show for it. And it's not for lack of talent or perseverance. Some of the least gifted professionals I've ever known are financially secure.
Sour grapes? You bet. But not at those who are successful. No -- most of the resentment I feel is directed at myself for not utilizing to the fullest my potential to be financially successful.
At last, for me and others like me, there is a financial newsletter that has been developed by one of our most effective and widely read columnists, Stanley Greenfield. It's not just any kind of newsletter. It doesn't have the quality of being something that's cranked out without thought of the individual needs of the doctor reading the material. The style is personal, with every paragraph filled with nuggets of interesting and useful information.
Some "for instances" came in a recent issue with one paragraph discussing auto insurance, followed by another on how to get reasonable insurance for classic cars. This is later followed by an item on an office "overhead protection" policy.
Another issue is dedicated to retirement planning, loaded with great tips for those who plan a financially solvent retirement.
With each issue is a three-hole punched insert which encourages the reader to use and file. As Greenfield states, "These center folds serve as financial road maps for future strategies."
In the past, one of my problems has been with the obsession I have for the art of being a chiropractic physician -- not with the financial requisites needed to have a successful practice. Strange as it may seem, I liked what money could give me, but not the mechanics of proper utilization. That was boring and emotionally stultifying. I would do almost anything to avoid having to write a check or go to the bank.
In retrospect, it's a wonder that I have a bank account at all, much less a thin one.
At last there is a financial adviser for every shade of the financial mosaic. For the money hard-liners these newsletters stoke the furnace of ideas with some wonderful information; and for those at the other end, like myself, Mr. Greenfield hand holds us through the financial maze with remarkable clarity and candor of style.
In other words, the Greenfield Chiropractic Financial News is for every chiropractor who wants to be financially secure, which I suppose takes in all of us. This is a "must get" publication that even someone like me can find not only interesting but enjoyable. good grief, I might be changing.