In chess, the “endgame” is the late stage of the game after most of the pawns have been captured. The term is used in life to refer to the final stage of any process. Some say that the endgame for Google is to create super technology that can replace humans a la Terminator. Politicians argue about the endgame for Iraq.
It's not uncommon for businessmen to contemplate their own company's endgame, the ultimate goal towards which it is heading.
A big key in life, I believe, is keeping sight of the endgame.
Consciously choosing what the final phase should look like, and making sure any intermittent steps help contribute to that purpose.
I've openly pondered the fact that up until recently, I haven't had an endgame in mind. I've had a plan. A series of definite steps leading to…something. Only now do I see what that something is.
With less than 30 years of experience under my belt, it's clear that I have reached my life's endgame.
Family is it. These goofy, spunky people are the final pawns that I will dance around until the end of my days.
I'm thrilled to have a glimpse into my endgame.
It's a long endgame, though. One that takes deliberate strategy. Now that I know what I'm working towards, it's critical for me to plot and budget and utilize our resources to maximize this time and build these people up.
We're working with ScholarShare to further awareness of their 529 college plans that are a critical part of our endgame. Saving money for the future is a huge component of a happy and fulfilled life, and I'm committed to spreading that message to help other people with their own endgame. I was so excited when I saw that ScholarShare is launching a matching program on May 29th to help further the education of children across the nation. There's nothing like a little cash incentive to help encourage wise financial choices. I've been holding off until I (finally) got Minion's Social Security info, but now that it's in-hand I'm definitely going to be opening his account on that day to take advantage of this promotion.
Here's how it works:
- Open a new ScholarShare College Savings Plan with an initial deposit of at least $50 this Friday. Any U.S. citizen or resident alien with a valid Social Security Number or Taxpayer Identification Number can open a new account. It doesn't have to be for your child. It can be for a grandchild, niece, friend, brother, or even yourself if you want to receive further education.
- Enroll in the automatic contribution plan (ACP) for the new account with at least a $25 contribution per month.
- The matching deposit of $50 will be made by ScholarShare by December 15th.
Mark your calendars, people. And help further the lives of those you love.
What's your endgame?