This piece is my opinion (Brandon Unger) and mine alone.
Specializing in Life Insurance has given me a chance to see that superheroes do exist and that they are plentiful. However, most are not recognized for what they are and what they can do.
For anyone familiar with Batman, you’ve likely seen all the gadgets around his utility belt to help people. Smoke grenades for evasion, grappling hooks to stop a fall, even a sonic speaker to call in bats for cover. Most of his tools, are used to protect one person, or a small group of people.
Superman, for all his powers, is limited in the scope of how many people he can save at once.
Selling Life Insurance gives us powers that superheroes could only dream of. We can save individual lives. On more than one occasion I’ve seen cases where a client found out during their medical that they have an elevated PSA, went to the doctor, and caught prostate cancer early.
We also have the ability to protect the families of people that Superheroes failed to save.
We have so much power, but what I have been thinking of lately though, is how we can use that power to help bring equity to communities that our country has failed.
Both of my grandfathers came from very modest means. They both fought in World War II and when they came home, the GI Bill afforded them opportunities that their own poor families never could. Namely, they were able to purchase homes in suburbs with good schools to send their children to.
Why does any of this matter? Because if you look at the wartime pictures from both of my grandfathers, you will see some faces that are darker than theirs. When those faces – that they fought next to – came home, they did not have the opportunity to take advantage of the GI Bill – they didn’t even have equal rights under the law! Instead of purchasing property in the suburbs, they were relegated to rental properties in the inner city, in neglected school districts, where the American dream – that my grandfathers were giving to my mother and father – did not exist.
I have thought about this in the past and it is constantly on my mind these days. It brings me hope seeing protesters and I wish I could believe that they will finally affect real change, but I am skeptical. I have seen protests and riots before, I have never seen change.
Maybe I haven’t seen change because real change doesn’t happen overnight, it takes time, generations. The solutions we provide are predicated on generational timelines. We were built for this fight.
I am writing this from my grandfather’s old study. He purchased the co-op I currently live in, in 1951 after returning from the Pacific and marrying my grandmother. It was made possible by the GI Bill, my entire privileged life as I know it was.
We can do something a superhero could only dream of. We can be a catalyst that helps push the process of bringing equity to those that our government has failed time and time again. Just like the GI Bill, we can put a roof over the head of a family who may not be able to qualify for a mortgage. We can put kids through school who may not have the means. We can offer a group of our fellow countrymen the opportunity to see the cycle broken. All we have to do is reach out to them and help educate them on our solutions.
Forty years from now, when I look back on my career, I can tell you with confidence that I will be more proud if I can say “I helped bring equity to those that did not have it” than “I helped wealthy families pay as little in estate taxes as possible”. I hope you will join me on this mission.