What If Everything Is Possible?

When you understand what is holding you back, you’ll realize that everything is possible.   In college, everything seemed possible with a straight-A average. So after long, lecture-filled days I would come back to my dorm-room exhausted, and think about all of the ways to whittle down which job I would take to revolutionize finance for the better. First, I would immediately say “nope” to any place that didn’t follow my mission to a T. Then, I needed to have a huge impact at the company, and would make sure the firm was filled with empowered women — a place that wasn’t an “old boys’ club”. Another must-have — they wanted to make sure everyone could get the best financial advice possible. About a year later, my job qualifications had whittled down to “they pay me money”, “they treat women slightly like people”, “they’re making some effort to be honest”, and “I’m doing slightly more than fetching coffee”. Ever since my mother’s struggle to get honest financial advice, I wanted to make a positive difference in the field. But with a degree in chemistry and English and no connections in finance, it seemed almost impossible to even get my foot in the door. About a decade later, well five minutes ago to be exact, I had stepped out of a marketing meeting. I’d been discussing with my team how LexION Capital can make our top-tier, transparent financial advice even more accessible.   Looking backward The quotes in my introduction seem pretty humorous at this point — but when J.K. Rowling was scribbling Harry Potter on a napkin while hoping her welfare checks would cover that month’s electric bill, it probably seemed an impossibility that she would...