The word "legacy" brings with it the concept of generations. Those generations that will inherit, be responsible for and we hope will continue investing their lives, talent and character to continue the work we passed on.
Preparing our children for the future seldom is a straight line. It is seldom without serious challenges both to them and ourselves as parents. Parenting is not for cowards and parents who value legacy invest in and prepare their children for the future.
In 1994 when I moved to Redmond, Washington, I was raising three children. I was consulting at Microsoft and many of the other early technology companies in the Seattle area. Many had young growing families that attended the same schools as my children. As these children grew into their teen years, I started receiving calls from my clients to ask for resources and help for their teens.
To stand by and watch a child you love so deeply and know they possess everything including no limits to opportunity just implode! That is where my husband and I were. We had done everything, withheld nothing, provided every advantage and still to no avail. The guilt of seeing a child create so much madness and disruption to an entire family was beyond belief.
I have no words to say but THANK YOU to Mark and his team. I could sit down for days and recount the tough times and crises but having them there every step of our journey made all the difference.
Our son has returned to us. He is now in college and making great grades, friends and even volunteering his musical talents with a program for veterans. Thank you!
Victoria and Stanley - Palm Beach.
I discovered that many of my personal advisory clients wanted to talk about being parents and problems with their children. They were successful in their professional lives but struggled with their relationships and raising their teens and young adult children. Giving them big homes, cars, vacations, credit cards, educational consultants, therapists and believing money would keep them close and keep them on the pathway to a successful life, did not necessarily work.
I started hearing the hearts of my clients in anguish. The could not understand how a teen with $100K car, who was popular and did well in class would kill themselves or commit felonies. How they could run away from home and be found performing sex acts for heroin a thousand miles away. Everything they were doing to provide the very best, their hopes for an amazing future was a horrid mess.
I decided to provide not only a personal advisory service with the highest level of confidentiality but also an in-home concierge service that included: interventions, psychiatrists, therapists, substance abuse testing, detox, educational consulting, legal referrals and life coaching provided by young healthy adults. I called it Teen Discovery.
I invite you to visit the Teen Discovery website and see what we offer and our world class professionals. And remember, we come to you.
Based on the best-selling book "The Ultimate Gift" by Jim Stovall, the story sends trust fund baby Jason Stevens on an improbable journey of discovery, having to answer the ultimate question: "What is the relationship between wealth and happiness?"
The Legacy Forum team has created a number of rights-of-passage experiences and profound life lessons for those who will likely inherit substantial wealth.
The are countless examples we all know of young lives where wealth has become a curse and cause for the loss of hope. No parent works hard for the next generation to see their wealth squandered, lost or harm their children.
There are some core lessons each life must learn and master for family legacy to be lasting and strong. We specifically tailor these lessons to each individual.
This program is an option for family members of all ages.
Call Mark Demos at (425) 492-4300 today to talk about how we can talk about how The Ultimate Gift program could make all the difference to your family!
“We had nowhere left to turn. We didn't know where to look next. A friend of my husband's told us about the experience they had when their son dropped out of college and basically out of life.
They had found a program in Seattle, really a person, Mark Demos, who came into their lives and change started. It was one of the hardest fights of their lives with lots of ups and downs, but their son is back.
Our situation seemed just as dark. The program was different from anything we had ever tried. It was about what was right with Matt. Mark and one of his sons who worked with him, helped him find out what was right and where he fit. Most of all he learned that his life mattered beyond all was surrounded him."
Sarah D, Seattle, Wa.