Of time, trains, and opportunity

You can't force opportunities. But you can be ready for when opportunity arrives. 

If you leave the door of your house a minute late, you’ll only be a minute later to your destination, right?

Not necessarily. If you’re taking a train, that minute can make the difference between catching the train or missing it. That one minute can translate to 30 minutes or longer – assuming you haven't caught the last train for the day. 

There are many times in life where the luck isn’t just about whether you get the train, but when you get on the train.

If there’s something that you need to do or achieve, and there’s nothing in your way, what can you do to expedite it?

You can’t force opportunities. But it can pay to be ready - or even impatient - for when the next one appears.

Sonnie Bailey

Sonnie is the founder and principal of Fairhaven Wealth.

Before founding Fairhaven Wealth, Sonnie worked in the legal and financial services industries for over a decade.

Sonnie first became involved with financial advice as a specialist financial services lawyer. For many years, he was an “adviser of advisers”, reviewing thousands of advice files prepared by hundreds of financial advisers, and providing feedback in relation to the quality and appropriateness of advice; industry best practice; risk management; and regulatory compliance. He has published work in industry publications and spoken at various financial advice conferences.

Sonnie has also worked with banks, investment management firms, insurers, and derivatives providers.

Sonnie has worked as a private client lawyer, focusing on succession, estate planning and trusts. He ran his own legal firm in Australia before relocating to New Zealand. He has also acted in independent trustee and company director positions.

Sonnie is passionate about helping people achieve their goals and manage the risks to which they are exposed.

He has written extensively on his blog, New Zealand Wealth and Risk, which can be found at www.wealthandrisk.nz.

Sonnie is married to his wonderful wife Chrissy, and has two young children, Ben and Anna.