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Moon Blocks the Sun

Driving to Macon, GA, wasn’t my ideal way to spend my Saturday morning.

But I was on an important mission.

To pick up Alexandra and her friends from a robotics competition 

so they would have time to get ready for Prom. 

Despite the heavy traffic, the journey was filled with laughter and engaging conversations. 

—The kids asked me about how I came up with my ideas for my blogs. 

Fully aware my blogs sometimes embarrass my daughter, given her friends' access to my Instagram posts.

During our drive, I shared with the kids my recent contemplations on mental blocks. 

Not the tangible blocks they were accustomed to from their robotics, 

but the invisible barriers we erect in our minds that hinder our progress. 

This concept mirrored the event from the past Monday when the moon obscured the sun, creating a momentary darkness over us. 

We often allow our mental blocks to overshadow our goals.

These blocks are obstacles - something we want to achieve, but something is in our way. 

Back when we lived in Houston, and I had no clue which way to go in my career, I faced a huge block. 

I wanted to pursue meaningful work but didn’t know how to do this because my past experience picking stocks had not given me meaningful insights. 

One day, I was running around the track, literally going in circles running in the heat…. 

Then, something hit me while listening to The Obstacle Is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph by Ryan Holiday. 

Finance, I realized, was not devoid of meaningfulness. 

The growth stocks we invested in symbolized more than financial gains—they mirrored personal and professional growth. 

The control—or lack thereof—over my career trajectory was a source of immense frustration. The realization that the Stoics championed, focusing only on what we can control and relinquishing the rest, was a transformative lesson for me.

I think the root of so much of our pain is that we focus on the things we can’t control and not enough on the things we can control. 

Slowly, I figured out that I had to find the way forward. 

I had to figure out that my lack of control over my career path was the very thing I had to face. I had to figure out a way to start my own firm.


Just as the moon's shadow over the sun is but a temporary eclipse, our mental blocks are not permanent barriers but opportunities for growth. 

By recognizing our obstacles as pathways, we can transform them into stepping stones towards achieving our goals and realizing our potential.

If you are feeling stuck, please reach out!

Thank you for reading!

Tiffany Kent

Your Friendly Wealth Engagement Guide,

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