A Dash of Mess…

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By Mark Reinert
Sometimes obstacles can lead to creativity.

Take Keith Jarrett, the famous jazz pianist for example; in 1975, Jarrett performed a concert at the Opera House in Cologne, Germany. This very late night concert, organized by a 17 year old—Germany’s youngest ever, was full of setbacks. It was scheduled at midnight, the only time the venue was available, and the piano that Jarrett requested was inadvertently substituted be an inferior one that was found backstage, and thought to be sufficient. Upon arrival just a few hours before the start, Jarrett discovered the oversight and deemed the instrument unplayable, refusing to perform. Because it was too late to substitute the piano, several hours were spent tuning it, although it was still “tinny and thin” in the upper registers, and the foot pedals didn’t work. Further, he was fighting back problems and wore a brace, and hadn’t slept well in several nights. After much pleading by the young promoter, Jarrett reluctantly agreed to go on with the sold out show. He recognized his need to significantly improvise, and approached the event like none before it. He played using only the middle section of the keys, and pounded exceptionally hard on the bass notes just to create enough resonance from the smaller piano to reach the upper audience. In the end, the performance was enthusiastically received by the audience, and is now his most popular recording ever.

But consider this: if he had used the piano originally requested, he most likely would have put on a good performance, as expected. But because he was forced to step outside of the box and stretch his imagination, on this night he delivered a great performance. His “normal” was disrupted, and from this he adapted.

Sometimes our financial lives can take unexpected turns as well, and like Keith Jarrett, we are forced to adapt; to make lemonade out of lemons. Albert Einstein summed it up best when he said “No problem can be solved from the same level of consciousness that created it.”

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Mark Reinert, CFP®, RICP®, MBA
Reinert Wealth Management

Securities and advisory services offered through LPL Financial, a registered investment advisor,
Member FINRA/SIPC As an independent advisor with LPL Financial, Mark serves clients through financial planning and investment advising. Mark became a financial advisor in 1989 and obtained his CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNERTM designation in 1995. He obtained his RETIREMENT INCOME CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL®
Mark is a former adjunct faculty member of Baker University where he taught graduate and undergraduate finance and economics courses for nearly ten years and worked in the banking industry for five years. He has been featured in several publications regarding financial advice and is a regular speaker with various civic and academic organizations.

Mark received his MBA from Pittsburg State University in 1988 and undergraduate degree from St. Mary of the Plains College in 1984.

Mark Reinert may only discuss and/or transact securities business with residents of the following states: AL, AR, AZ, CA, CO, FL, IL, KS, MO, OK, TX, and WY.