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Take your best shot


We need only concern ourselves with the quality of our actions

One of the timeless metaphors in philosophy is that of the archer. In many ways, we are archers in our chosen profession. We prepare, carefully aim and take our best shot. The trick is despite all your preparations you have no control once you’ve released the arrow. The ultimate result is literally out of your hands. Enter the Stoic Archer.

The Stoic Archer embodies the fusion of mental discipline, ethical principles, and practical skill, serving as a powerful reminder of how mastering oneself can lead to precision and success in all aspects of life. With practice, we learn how to set our desire on the work instead of the reward.

The process of aiming, drawing, and releasing any project parallels the Stoic philosophy’s approach to making choices and taking action. Each step requires mindfulness and intentionality. The archer doesn’t rush or hesitate; similarly, we should weigh decisions thoughtfully and act with purpose, guided by reason rather than fleeting emotions or regret. This focus on deliberate action increases the likelihood of hitting the metaphorical bullseye.

Just as an archer must adjust for factors like wind and distance, we should recognize that originating reverse mortgages is replete with obstacles beyond our control. Factors such as the ultimate appraised value of the home or misleading advice from the homeowner’s family or friends.

Just as an archer must learn from missed shots, our setbacks are opportunities for growth and self-improvement. This is where we can better prepare for our next shot.

A practical example ‘in reverse’

For example, let’s say your first public reverse mortgage workshop (seminar) had poor attendance. Should you throw in the towel on attempting future events? No. Instead, reexamine how you prepared the last time. Did you send out a press release to local media? What medium did you use to promote the event? Should you promote the workshop in another way? Did you partner with another professional to help drive attendance? Were those who registered reminded the day before of their confirmation?

In a profession that’s often marked with chaos and uncertainty, the archer serves as a symbol of inner strength, preparation, and resilience. So go ahead- prepare well, take your best shot, and let go of the outcome.

-Shannon Hicks


In many ways we are archers in our profession. How we can prepare, aim, and take our best shot, and let go of the result.


Editor in Chief: HECMWorld.com
As a prominent commentator and Editor in Chief at HECMWorld.com, Shannon Hicks has played a pivotal role in reshaping the conversation around reverse mortgages. His unique perspectives and deep understanding of the industry have not only educated countless readers but has also contributed to introducing practical strategies utilizing housing wealth with a reverse mortgage.
Shannon’s journey into the world of reverse mortgages began in 2002 as an originator and his prior work in the financial services industry. Shannon has been covering reverse mortgage news stories since 2008 when he launched the podcast HECMWorld Weekly. Later, in 2010 he began producing the weekly video series The Industry Leader Update and Friday’s Food for Thought.
Readers wishing to submit stories or interview requests can reach our team at: info@hecmworld.com.

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