Our office has a new mascot with a very conspicuous place in the conference room. We now have an “800-Pound Gorilla in the Room” sitting at the foot of the conference room table, and it’s there for a particular purpose. It’s actually a merging of two expressions:
- “Where does an 800-pound gorilla sit? Wherever he wants.”
- “We need to talk about the elephant in the room.”
The gorilla is there to remind our clients of a few things. First, this is the room where we talk about the big issues, meaning “the elephant in the room.” We really shouldn’t avoid talking about important things in your life to your legal and financial professionals, because if we don’t discuss important things, then we can’t plan in a way that helps you reach your goals. Second, while an 800-pound gorilla, meaning a problem, sits wherever it wants, there are ways to make it move and go away. This means that there are often solutions to problems that people don’t think are possible at first, but there often are changes we can make.
The gorilla is a gift from Nick Nardulli of Family Defined Benefits, who is currently assisting our Asset Coordinator Mike Brooks and I structure multi-generational plans for some of our clients. We hope to have Nick available for some podcasts and webinars until we can have him come to the Triangle for seminars and in-person meetings.
One thing, though… the gorilla doesn’t have a name. So from now through August 19, 2020, we are taking suggestions on the law office’s Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/LawOfficeofJeffreyGMarsocci) and Jeff’s Instagram page (https://www.instagram.com/the_plain_english_attorney/). Please message us through either of these social media mediums, or comment on any of the several “gorilla naming” posts we’ll be making to let us know your suggestions. We look forward to a naming reveal soon!