Hello Industry Colleagues:
I can’t believe it’s already December! I remember that almost exactly at this point last yea, I saw an email from the LIFE Foundation (now Life Happens) about its Real Life Stories program. I’ll be honest. I didn’t give it a lot of thought—it’s a pretty busy time of the year. So I set it aside.
But then it stuck with me. After all, the truth was, I did have a great story. My friends Scott and Cathy Young were an amazing couple—truly one of the times I’ve been most proud to be in this industry. So I took a few minutes and completed an application. That simple act changed everything for me.
A few months later, Life Happens told me that the story I submitted had been selected as one of the four honorees. Wow! That was pretty exciting, but it didn’t fully hit me until a few weeks later when a video crew and staff showed up and produced an amazing video.
What an amazing experience that was, but especially for Cathy! It helped her tremendously knowing that she was able to touch many with our story. Of course, it didn’t hurt that we both received an all-expenses paid trip to San Diego to speak at the NAIFA Career Conference and Annual Meeting. To stand in front of thousands of fellow agents and get a standing ovation was the icing on top.
Or so I thought. You see, what I really didn’t expect—and the real reason for my email today—is what it did to my business. My video was included in Life Happens’ Life Insurance Awareness Month advertising, and all of a sudden I was getting calls from past clients, referrals of clients, and more. I couldn’t believe it. Fast forward one year later, and I’m still feeling the residual effects of the experience. The transformative effect on my business has been truly stunning.
So, I’d encourage you to do what I did—submit an application to the Real Life Stories program. It takes five minutes, and I promise you, the personal reward you’ll receive through an immensely satisfying and gratifying process is worth the effort 100 times over. Think about it—it’s worth your time.
Steve J. Sabo
Sabo Financial Group
2014 Real Life Stories recipient