This is part six in a series explaining “Why I Became an Insurance Agent.” A career in insurance is meaningful and it’s why I would encourage people to consider this industry.
It’s rewarding when we live long enough to see the fruits of our labors.
Most often, those fruits are the sweetest when your children mature to see the wisdom and love in the decisions made throughout their formidable years – when they start making choices that align with their upbringing – especially when they start having their own children, and they imitate you as they mentor your grandchildren. Almost nothing is so sweet in the cycle of life!
Maybe something that comes close is when your clients refer you as a preferred business. It says a lot about how you prioritize and categorize your customers, how you view relationships over profits. How you can offer products based on value more than price, and your clients will buy from you over the alternative, less expensive providers because they like and trust you!
Other than your children echoing your parenting skills, clients coming to you, staying with you, recommending you regardless of the competition is an incredible honor!
You know you’re in the right business and at the pinnacle of your career when your business achieves this status.
After these two examples of deserved accomplishment, perhaps next on this ‘honorary’ list is people see the good that you do, acknowledge the lives you bless, discern the integrity you have in your business dealings and want to follow that lead into your industry. They can envision the same for themselves and want to replicate it.
I’ve heard it said that the most significant people in our society are the people who do the most good for the most people.
When thought of this way, several icons come to mind like Mother Theresa, Rosa Parks, Gandhi, Lincoln, Washington, Anne Frank, Martin Luther, those that designed and signed the constitution, religious leaders, and many others who sacrificed much to bless humanity and make the world a better place. Interesting that many of these heroes have national holidays to honor them. We esteem them and intentionally work never to forget them!
My favorite quote embodies this concept. It is from Anne Frank. She said, “Isn’t it wonderful that no one need wait a single moment to make the world a better place to live.”
Puts a lump in my throat every time I repeat it!
Wouldn’t the world be a completely different place if each person made this phrase their daily mantra?
Well, this third example happened to me recently. My little brother just took a new position and gave a brief farewell to his previous company. He lives 800 miles away, and he’s a decade-and-a-half younger, so I was out of the house when he was only four-years-old. That said, I was honored to read the notes from his ‘farewell’ comments. He definitely found that a career in insurance is meaningful.
My last day remarks at “X” Insurance Company by Steve:
“No one I know grows up as a little kid and says they are dreaming of working in insurance someday, especially in claims. Even when I tell my own kids what I do they just shrug their shoulders and continue dreaming of something far more glamorous.
But, I did have a much older brother, 15-years older to be exact, who started a career in insurance when I was about eight or nine years old. And I do remember him telling me about it and how proud he was offering people protection for their lives and their most important things and thinking my brother was so important and smart. This made me very proud of my brother and must have somehow stuck in my head because of where I ended up with my career. He still is in insurance and still feels the same way about it and has been my mentor in how to treat people and how to live life.
You know, if you think about it, the insurance contract is the most backward and risky concept there is in business. Essentially, we tell people, for this very small fraction of a percentage of your most valuable assets, we will protect you from some of the worst and most common tragedies and disasters you can think of. “Co-worker” once called us “financial first responders” and I really felt a sense of pride when he said that. It really is quite miraculous and should give people a great deal of pause, humility, and gratitude. And for the most part, people who encounter disasters usually are grateful, especially our customers, compared to others, in my humble experience. But, as is the case with most things in life, when help is given and when significant amounts of money are involved, there will always be some who take advantage of that help and feel as though their need, or want, is somehow more important than others. They do not understand that they are part of a much bigger picture and concept, and there is sometimes a sense of entitlement that disrupts the whole insurance concept. I am truly grateful to have worked for a company that I feel has always tried to do the right thing, often to a fault, and to the advantage of our policyholders.
I am actually very proud of the fact that I have worked for this company. I consider it a badge of honor that I will carry with me for the rest of my life. I know I’ve made a lot of mistakes and said or done things that may have hurt people inadvertently. I ask for forgiveness if I have done so.
I am grateful to have worked with some of the choicest people I’ve ever met who have looked beyond themselves and their wants and needs, day-in and day-out, in order to help our customers and make our company better. I have learned so much from so many people here that it has made me a far better and more productive person than when I was a new employee. I offer my sincerest gratitude to each of you who helped shaped my life and career. I have gained so much more than I have given. The best way I know how to truly express that gratitude is to take what I’ve learned and implement it and pass it on in all facets of my life and my new career.
Thank you, and God bless! (Steve)”
That’s why a career in insurance is meaningful.
A powerful statement about the good you can do for clients and others in this industry; I hope it motivates you to explore a career in insurance.
If you like helping people and want to make life-changing experiences, you owe it to yourself to look into this industry!
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