The Philosophy behind The Histor Companies
The fulfillment of man is realized through relationships. Our modern culture has embraced the classical Greek concept that fulfillment comes through knowledge. The philosophy of relationship does not negate the importance of knowledge; it just makes knowledge subordinate to the foundational principles of relationship building.
One may view all of life, including financial and business management, from this ‘knowledge’ perspective or ‘relationship’ perspective. The way that a person or organization interacts with its finances is complex. (A more comprehensive analysis of relationship versus knowledge is included in the articles section of this web-site.) Emotions, dreams, and practical reality create a unique blend that affects the way people and organizations obtain and use money. Thus, in dealing with money, the primary principle in money management is that of relationship. Important relational questions that must be answered are: What is the person or organization’s relationship with money? Is this relationship based on sound principles? How does this relationship affect decisions and choices? What should be addressed so that a right relationship is guiding monetary decisions and choices? What is the plan (i.e., what methods) should be used in order to strengthen areas of financial weakness or enhance areas of financial strength?
In today’s fiscal world, knowledge of ‘how, when, and what’ to do in regard to finances is seen as most important. While knowledge is certainly important (one would not want assistance from one who lacks knowledge!), knowledge has its place and that is secondary to relationship- the ‘who, where, and why’ of financial management. To whom will you go to for financial advice? Is he like-minded? Will you be obtaining wise counsel or self-serving advice? Where will you obtain your funding? Where will you give your financial support? Why are you working to acquire money? Why are you saving, investing, planning? If your goal is just the accumulation of money for its own sake – to become rich – then the principle of relationship is being violated at every point. Please note, becoming rich is not the problem; making that your primary goal is the problem. Warren Buffet, one of the world’s richest men, understands this focus on relationship. He believes “When you get to my age, you’ll measure your success in life by how many of the people you want to have love you actually do love you. That’s the ultimate test of how you’ve lived your life.” (10 Ways To Get Rich, Parade Magazine, September 7, 2008)
Whether you are a nonprofit, small business or individual, if you want to look at strengthening the very foundation of your financial situation, contact The Histor Companies.