Updated 03 December 2020
England rugby star and former British Lion, Will Greenwood MBE, discusses how applying small changes now can have a big impact further down the line.
You may think it sounds odd that a sporting hero is giving out financial advice, but England rugby star Will Greenwood has some worthwhile guidance when it comes to planning your future.
Speaking at the Institute of Financial Planning launch of Financial Planning Week, Greenwood spoke of how successful techniques used by professional sportspeople can be applied to everyday life and particular, financial planning.
He explained how both his financial adviser and his former England coach Clive Woodwardâs training regime have both given him a good foundation for his finances.
He explained that part of this training was understanding that you donât achieve success through apathy and that breaking down goals into manageable chunks is the first step to achieving your goals. Be that on the pitch or with your money.
He said that by changing your mindset you can achieve big results.
Having a goal in mind, be it the Rugby World Cup or buying your dream house can be incredibly motivational. Do you imagine yourself saving up for a house or jetting off in your retirement? Then you need to put the building blocks in place now.
âFinancial planning is peace of mind,â says Greenwood. âMake sure your whole family understands the value of the pound.â
Greenwood has this advice:
He also credited his financial adviser with encouraging him to save early, but said he appreciated the people are nervous about where to begin. He did have this final piece of advice: âDonât look back like Homer Simpson and think: âdâoh!â
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