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Growing Up a Drucker

Author: Gideon Drucker, CFP

At Drucker Wealth we're all about family. Our firm was started back in 1959 by my grandpa Bernie. 26 years later my dad followed in his dad’s footsteps and joined the family firm. 29 years after that I followed in my dad’s footsteps and did the same.  

I’m often asked what it’s like to work with my dad, and while, yes, he sometimes calls me at 6am on a Saturday (!!!) with his thoughts from the week, getting to spend my day-to-day bouncing in and out of his office, learning from him, & growing with him by my side continues to be the one of the most fulfilling experiences of my life. Being that its Father's Day it feels fitting that I share the following excerpt from my book, How To Avoid HENRY Syndrome with you here. We hope you enjoy the day with your family!

"My dad has always been my hero. His work ethic, passion for life, unwavering confidence, and singular commitment to
our family made him basically Superman to me, even when I was too young to have put it in those words.

So naturally, as a kid, I wanted to know everything about his business. I grew up going to my dad’s financial workshops all over New York City, listening to client stories at the family dinner table, attending every client event and business conference I could, and badgering my dad about what we did and how we did it until he would explain every story, parable, and (to me) exciting detail.

Throughout high school, university, and my military service, I was always reading, highlighting, and making notes in all of the financial planning books that had inspired my grandpa and dad throughout their careers—messages and timeless ideas that continue to guide us today. (Yup, I was way too intense and nerdy, even back then!)

[The Drucker clan circa 2006, with our beloved & much missed dog Madeline!]

While learning the ins and outs of what my dad did day-to-day was interesting, far more impactful was the openness about money, opportunity, and our family’s finances that my sister, Gabby, and I experienced growing up under my parents’ roof. They talked about everything with us. As a result, by the time we went off to college, we had a real appreciation for the value of a dollar, had established disciplined saving habits, had started our own business teaching tennis together (seeing firsthand the value of being self-employed and letting our money work for us), and had developed our own intense desire to become financially independent."

[(Fortunately) My dad and I don’t dress alike as much in the office as we did when I was growing up. ]

How To Avoid HENRY Syndrome® is now available on Amazon!

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*All proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Folds of Honor, an organization that provides educational scholarships to the children and spouses of our fallen and disabled service members while serving our nation.