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Monday Morning Motivation – Recognized

Sharing Resources to Help You Grow Personally, Professionally & Financially

Sometimes it helps to get a little dose of encouragement—along with a good cup of coffee!—to start the day.

Hopefully the message below will help you get off to a good start for the week.  Please feel free to forward the newsletter on to others that you think would benefit from the content.


How do you know who is and who is not a professional? Certainly, you could use the litmus test of “getting paid” to judge professionalism. However, I think there is a better method (and Pressfield agrees):

  • The mark of a professional is that he or she is recognized by their peers as a professional.

Normally, I am big on taking control of your own mind and avoiding the influence of external forces. However, when it comes to being a professional, in my opinion, acceptance by your peers (i.e., others that have been established as professionals) is one of the key litmus tests.

Circular logic? I don’t think so. Almost all of us are aware of who is a pro and who is not. And other pros DEFINITELY know who is and who is not a pro. Gaining acceptance by your professional peers is a huge step in your development—and one that we should all strive for.

That brings us to this week’s question:

  • Would you be recognized by your peers as a professional?

Thanks for sharing a bit of your time with me this Monday morning 

Have a great week!


(Note: Each week I publish “Monday Morning Motivation” in the hopes that one person will find a bit of inspiration and that inspiration will have a positive impact on their life. My motivation comes from experiences, reading, sermons, and discussions.) Photo credit: Rawpixel on

Blog post from this past week:

Monday Morning Motivation – Limitations


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F5 Financial is a fee-only wealth management firm with a holistic approach to financial planning, personal goals, and behavioral change. We provide insight and tailored strategies that inspire and equip our clients to enjoy a life of significance and financial freedom.

At F5 Financial, we focus on helping individuals and families find balance between faith, friends and family, fitness and finance.  We make sure that they have the financial freedom to enjoy those things in life that are important to them.  And while we believe the left-brain facts and data are critical; we work with our clients to get them in the right state of mind to focus on the goals they want to achieve.

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Curtis Stowers helps individuals and families across the United States grow their financial assets, particularly in the Naperville, IL region. He is a Certified Financial Planner, holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering from the University of Illinois, and is the founder of F5 Financial.