• Why we all need a personal contingency plan
  • What goes into our plan
  • Analog vs Digital
  • Where to start — the basics

My guest, Mary Beth Simon asked me a hypothetical a few months ago. In the case of an emergency where I didn’t have access to or couldn’t access critical personal documents, how easy would it be for me to direct a friend or a family member to find and collect these documents for me?

I didn’t feel good about my answer. It would not be impossible. But it wouldn’t be easy either. I would have to give a lot of instructions that would likely frustrate the person I’m asking.

Now, that’s assuming I could actually talk and give instructions during this emergency. What if I couldn’t talk? What if I wasn’t able to give directions?

As Mary Beth pointed out, we make a lot of assumptions about what we will be able to do when something goes wrong — that we’ll be able to talk or read, or that we’ll have the time to put all the things in order. But that’s not always the case.


After 30+ years in corporate financial services, Mary Beth Simon now uses her strategic talents as a keynote speaker and to coach entrepreneurs and individuals on creating their contingency plans to empower their second-in-command to keep business and life flowing smoothly in an emergency.

In this episode, Mary Beth and I talk about who needs a contingency plan, why we need to have one, that no one is “too young” to have a plan together – this has nothing to do with age. And where we should start and the bare minimum that we should have in place.


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