Entries by Justin Hooper

How to alleviate anxiety, and F.E.A.R.

With all the attention on the bad practices of the banking and financial services industry, it was quite a change for me this week when I spoke at the Barron’s conference in Sydney. Barron’s is a US-based financial magazine that has entered the Australian market with the purpose of creating greater focus on “the top […]

Programming your autopilot

When I first wake up in the morning, I think I would describe myself as being a little stupid. On occasion, I have gone to work without my belt, tie and sometimes even my wallet. It doesn’t happen that often but over the years, I have learned I just can’t trust myself first thing in […]

Australia day & Australia’s future

It’s Australia Day weekend, and time for festivities. It’s a time to stop to appreciate the good in Australia, and equally, time to contemplate what it means to be Australian. As a relatively new citizen that’s only been here for 20 years, I always find this a time to reflect and appreciate. Life is good in this country, and we are very […]

Better to wade, or plunge?

With summer now in full swing, the ocean has warmed up sufficiently for me to commence my annual ‘swim season’. I’ve always enjoyed body-surfing – once I’m in, that is. Not being one for cold water, getting in is the problem. There are many who are advocates of the ‘plunge in and get it over […]

Being a wildebeest investor is dangerous

While watching a documentary on wildebeest migrating, there was one scene where after days of traversing the African veld, the wildebeest arrive at the Mara river. As the herd starts drinking, a crocodile pops its head through the water no more than a metre directly in front of one wildebeest. There was no reaction – […]

Goal setting in a world of meaning

 Setting goals is all very well, but goals without a purpose will perpetuate the cycle of need and greed. At the start of every new year, attention is often paid to setting new goals. It’s during this time that money and materialism are most prevalent. For some, goal-setting is about continual growth and striving to be better. For others, it’s […]

When the swell is up, opportunities emerge

As most people make their way to work while enduring their commute, I have the privilege of enjoying one of the world’s greatest commutes – Manly to Sydney city via the fast ferry. I’ve seen whales and dolphins, but the scenery alone is amazing. I usually catch the fast ferry which is a high-powered catamaran and creates a pretty […]

My biggest learnings from 2018

As the great and wise Dr. Seuss said, “The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” As humans and as advisers we need to continually learn and grow. If we don’t, we stay in the same place for years and stagnate. You’re growing, or you’re going.   2018 feels like it has been a particularly strong ‘growth’ year. It’s been one […]