Abraham Shakespeare did not have much luck in finding a financial advisor.
The dead body of the Florida lottery winner was found in 2009 in the backyard of Dee Dee Moore’s boyfriend. Under a slab of concrete.
Moore, who served as Shakespeare’s advisor, is on trial this month for his murder.
Shakespeare did not do an extensive search to find his advisor. After winning a $17 million lottery jackpot, Moore connected with Shakespeare after asking a policeman to trace Shakespeare’s license plate.
I’m writing a new book called, “Life Lessons from the Lottery.” Lottery winners have the same problems average people do, but their problems are magnified by the large amounts of money they receive.
People who get lousy financial advice normally don’t wind up dead. But they often wind up broke.
I have a simple rule for finding a financial advisor. Don’t be that person’s most important client.
If you get a $100 million windfall, find an advisor who has worked with $150 million.
It gets complicated finding an advisor outside the financial field.
You can’t easily quantify whether a person is a good teacher, plumber or ballet instructor.
I spent most of the Christmas season in the hospital. I made a list of things to do when I got better and playing golf was one of them.
Self-taught as a teenager, I went through long periods when I didn’t play golf at all and eight years ago, decided to give the game up completely.
Coming back at age 53, I was not golfing until I could play without embarrassing myself.
That is where Clay Hamrick came into my life.
I’ve been working with Anne Parton, who runs a personal-assistant business called IAssist, with entrepreneurs as her primary client base. Anne has been a personal assistant to several high-powered people, and I had hired her to help me coordinate my last book tour.
I kept her on to organize the rest of my life.
Anne sat down with me, developed a comprehensive list of what I wanted to do as a golfer and how much time I needed to schedule.
Then, she went out to interview golf professionals. She came back with Clay Hamrick.
I would have never found Clay on my own. He is the head pro at Battlefield Golf Course, a small public course. Not the place where I’d expect to find the ultimate golf guru.
It turns out that Clay has an incredible background, including being the head pro at a top-100 course. He graduated from Eastern Kentucky University, married a woman from a prominent local family, and they moved back to the region to raise their children.
A lucky break for me.
On the surface, Clay and I could not be more opposite. He is incredibly intense, handsome, in perfect physical condition and impeccably dressed. I’m none of the above.
As it turns out, we have a lot in common. He is incredibly well read, a deep thinker and an absolute student of the game. He pushes a concept called the “Stack and Tilt” system, which is perfect for a middle-aged man getting back in the game.
Under Clay’s high-strung exterior is a deeply caring man with the heart of a lion.
He is a passionate advocate for how golf can improve my overall well-being and physical health. He gets truly excited when I make progress and posts films of the results on my Facebook page.
He uses every type of modern technology to analyze and improve my game.
He also had a revelation that changed my golf swing. Clay’s uncle, Dave Tomlin, was a star relief pitcher for the Cincinnati Reds during the “Big Red Machine” era of my youth. He looked at me and said, “Imagine my uncle is pitching to you and hit the ball to Dave Concepcion.”
Once I developed that visual picture, I started whacking the ball.
I played my first nine holes at the West Baden resort in French Lick, Indiana. Not an easy course, but I knocked in two birdies.
The last time I had two birdies in a round, Bill Clinton was president.
I was so excited, I called Clay from the middle of the golf course.
He, Anne and I have an extensive plan for improving my game over the next two years. It also relates to how I am starting to lose weight and do something that does not involve an easy chair.
Clay has made a big impact on my life and become a good friend.
The key was figuring out what I wanted and finding a top notch person to implement the plan.
If Abraham Shakespeare had done the same, he might be alive, enjoying his lottery winnings, instead of dying an early death.
Abraham Shakespeare did not have much luck in finding a financial advisor.
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Disease, thieves were all part of life on the farm
Wm. Hensley and Nora Whitaker moved to Maple Grove Road when their daughter, Zona, was 5 years old. They raised hogs, turkeys, chickens and tobacco on their farm.
Zona grew up and married Wm. Mack Ross. And they were blessed with two daughters, Edith Mae and Etta Marie.
In 1918, a flu epidemic came across the land, and Mack took sick and died leaving, Zona with the two young girls to raise. They moved from Paige Hill to Maple Grove to live with Hensley and Nora, her parents.
Rain, hot weather will make lawns, gardens grow
Hello from Baldwin:
How is everyone's week going? I hope everyone is having a great one.
We finally got some hot and dry weather, then some storms and more rain. That will make the your yards and gardens grow.
Freedom Rally June 1 in front of the courthouse
Observance of Memorial Day began after the Civil War, but the poet Joyce Kilmer wrote these lines as he served in another great conflict, World War I. His words were more than poetic, they were just and honorable. Kilmer is best known for writing “I think that I shall never see a poem as lovely as a tree.” He was killed in the Second Battle of the Marne.
Bookmobile coming to Union City this summer
Union City Day was Saturday. The threat of rain discouraged some yard sale participation but overall it was a good day. Fundraising activities by the club raised more than expenses, so that is good news.
My heart is crying for Oklahoma
Hello readers, what a wonderfully blessed day we are having here in Paint Lick, Ky.
Not much is happening this Tuesday morning other than most are now aware with the storms headed our way. The weather people say it should smooth out some before it gets to our area, but it’s always smart to be prepared.
Clothing Closet open this Saturday
Hello everyone. This weekend will be a little less busy with events at the churches and the community center, however we still have the Clothing Closet open this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon. They want to see people in need stop by. That is their goal to help others.
Susie will not be having their fish fry till May 31. This weekend is Memorial Day weekend. So mark your calendar for next Friday from 4 to 8 p.m. Enjoy your family this weekend.
The Madison County Veterans invite the veterans and citizens of Madison County to join us in paying respects to our service men and women (past and present) starting at 10 a.m. Monday at the back gate of the Richmond Cemetery, followed by Madison Memorial Gardens at noon. Guest speaker at this year's memorial event will be U.S. Rep. Andy Barr.
Flags will be placed for our service men/women starting Saturday at 8 a.m. at Madison Memorial Gardens and starting at the back gate of Richmond Cemetery. All volunteers are welcome. A special thank you to Memorial Gardens for the gracious donation of flags to be placed at Richmond Cemetery.
Gone in the blink of an eye
One more day of school — yippee!! It sure has felt like summer the past few days, hasn't it? I hope our showers/ storms predicted for today aren’t in the severe category. The folks in Oklahoma have had a tough time of it lately (our prayers are certainly with them).
Can you believe this is Memorial Day weekend? Where did the month of May go -- it was here and gone in the blink of an eye it seems.
Representatives of the Flatwoods Cemetery Association Inc. will be set up at the entrance to the cemetery with ballots for upcoming Board of Directors. Just stop by, mark your ballot and drop same in the ballot box and we'll let you know the names of the 2013-2014 Board members.
Try these ‘crocking good’ foods
Crock pots are amazing. A crock pot is worth purchasing if you are like myself always on the go.
You can make anything in it, from desserts to breakfast foods, not just stews and soups. The other side of using one is PATIENCE, and a time for preplanning. If you use your time wisely, your crock pot will make your meal planning easier.
Big Brothers, Big Sisters of the Bluegrass hosts first-ever horse show
Many times, when people think of Big Brothers, Big Sisters, they think of the organization’s fundraiser Bowl for Kids’ Sake.
But this year, BBBS of the Bluegrass is trying something new.
“Based on the response that I’ve gotten from our community and surrounding communities, I’m expecting a big event,” said Rhonda Middleton, BBBS of the Bluegrass regional program manager.
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