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An Underdog's Financial Advice

Article by: Trevor Gunter, CFP®

In March of this year, fans witnessed the remarkable journey of the North Carolina State men's basketball team. After a mediocre regular season, in which they posted a 17-14 record, NC State made a run to win the ACC tournament and ultimately clinch a spot in the Final Four. During this run, they won five games in five days and nine straight “win or go home” games. They defeated powerhouse schools Virginia, Duke, and North Caroline in back-to-back-to-back nights, after having lost to all three of these teams in the regular season. This Cinderella story not only captivated sports enthusiasts but also offered a valuable lesson: It's never too late to change your trajectory.

Amid this year’s tournament excitement, memories of legendary NC State coach Jim Valvano resurfaced. Valvano’s 1983 team, famous for their grit and underdog mentality, went on a similar Cinderella run that resulted in a national championship. Valvano's unwavering determination and belief in his team serve as a reminder that with resilience, extraordinary things can be achieved. Coach Valvano later endured a very public battle with cancer, which ultimately claimed his life. His words "Don't give up. Don't ever give up” continue to inspire many to persevere in the face of adversity.

When NC State played their first game in the ACC tournament, no one anticipated them making it to this year’s Final Four. Maybe you, too, feel that you are a long way off from reaching your financial goals. Just as NC State rallied against formidable opponents, you can overcome financial challenges and secure your future with proactive financial planning. Perhaps you've delayed saving for retirement or investing in your future, believing that it's too late to make a significant impact. It's never too late to start being strategic and intentional with your money.

The key lies in taking action and making informed decisions. Just as a basketball team strategizes plays to outmaneuver their opponents, financial planning involves creating a roadmap to achieve your goals. Whether your goals are saving for retirement, buying a home, or funding your children's education, having a plan in place can make all the difference. Consider this: Every dollar saved and invested today has the potential to grow exponentially over time. By harnessing the power of compounding, and making smart investment choices, you can build a stronger financial future, regardless of your age or circumstances.

Remember, financial success is not determined by where you start but rather by the actions you take along the way. Just as NC State proved that underdogs can rise to the occasion and achieve greatness, you can transform your financial life by embracing a mindset of possibility and taking decisive steps towards your goals. So, as you reflect on the triumphs of the NC State basketball team and the legacy of Jim Valvano, remember that it is never too late to rewrite your financial story. With determination, perseverance, and a clear game plan, you can chart a course towards a brighter and more secure future.

Originally published in West Knoxville Lifestyle.

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