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Going with the Flow

Last week, as I paddled out at Ocean Beach, my eyes were set on a specific surf break, visible from the parking lot’s vantage point. Yet, as often is the case, mother nature seemed to have other plans. Battling through the foam and navigating shifty 6-foot waves for what felt like an eternity, I soon realized I had drifted several blocks from my initial mark. The currents along Northern California’s coastline are nothing if not unforgiving. It’s a stark reminder that, despite our instincts letting us fight the current to maintain our planned course, sometimes the best and only strategy is to stay calm and go with the flow.

This rare San Francisco sunny day on the beach had me reflecting on the parallels to my day-to-day life at One Wealth Advisors. Each morning, I log on with a clear set of responsibilities. At the top of the list is our relentless attention to our clients’ needs. My secondary role as the firm’s technology lead sometimes calls for me to be flexible in my day-to-day. Whether it’s troubleshooting an unexpected glitch or rolling out a new technological solution, I often find myself navigating the professional equivalent of rip currents, where the downstream effects can take me in unexpected directions. Remaining cool, calm, and collected is the only way to navigate these waters effectively – at least that’s what I tell myself.

Both surfing and my role at One Wealth Advisors teach similar lessons: the art of adaptability, the strength found in calmness amidst chaos, and the strategic insight to know when to go with the current or forge against it.

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