Our Past…

“I started to become very successful, and then… taxes hit.

I doubled my income but my taxes tripled. My CPA said you make what you make and you pay what you pay, that’s just the way it is.

I didn’t like that answer… I had to figure out how to fix it.” – John Pollock, CEO Financial Gravity


…Connects us to our Future

In our reception area is a picture of me and my young family in front of Air Force One at the Reagan Library. One of my favorite tourist trap gifts from there was a small sign that was a replica of the sign Reagan had on his desk for his presidency.

It says, “It Can Be Done.” I LOVE this sign! It doesn’t ask a question like, “How Can it be Done?” or “Why Hasn’t it Been Done Before?” It is simply stating a fact. I suspect Reagan pointed to the sign often because there were LOTS of seemingly impossible tasks that ran through his office.

As a dad, I am constantly listening to my kids tell me that something can’t be done for a myriad of reasons; as an employer, likewise, I am constantly hearing my employees say that things can’t be done.

I take comfort in the fact that the leader of the free world ran into the problem enough that he had a sign made, probably as a preemptive strike to the naysayers in the room.

The world is full of “can’t chants,” so it is inspiring when we hear stories like Steve Jobs insisting on a keyboardless iPad, despite his engineers telling him that it couldn’t be done.

Or Peter Diamandis and Richard Branson being told by NASA that private space flight couldn’t be done.

Or John Pollock being told by a half a dozen CPAs that there was nothing he could do to lower his personal income taxes (weird talking about myself). But not only WAS there a multitude of ways to lower taxes, but we have created a business model we are taking nationwide.

I love this picture, it is from Shanxi, China and it is called the Hanging Temple (check out more pictures online, it’s very cool). History or legend of Shangshen Mountain says the construction of the original temple was conducted by only one man, a monk named Liao Ran, over more than 1,600 years ago.

Since then, many repairs and extensions have led to its present day scale, but I wonder if anyone ever told that guy it couldn’t be done?

ONE GUY, with no power tools (not that they would have helped since there was no power up there). There were LOTS of reasons that what he did was crazy. But he did it anyway.

So next time you are tempted to use the word “can’t,” start with this statement of fact: “It CAN be done.” And then start down the path of making it happened.

We live in an abundant world with staggering potential and breathtaking problems. We need more people who will tap into the potential and solve the problems.

So as summer quickly gives way to fall, ask yourself what “can’t” be done by the end of the year, and go about doing it anyway!

– John Pollock
CEO, Financial Gravity Companies, Inc