One of the most successful entrepreneurs and investment specialists on the U.S. financial markets, Sean Seshadri, has become a popular figure in the financial sector. The extraordinary fact about Sean is that his first career was as a physician before switching to investments after seeing how other physicians were trading some of them in the EC in the hospital. Also, he noticed their income was not commensurate with their amount of hours they had to work. He almost embarked on this profession as a teenager but was persuaded by his parents to go a different route but eventually went back to it during his college and medical school days.
After beginning his work as a physician, the man who would go on to become one of the most impressive speakers in the financial sector began his career trying to secure his economic future. Sean Seshadri began looking closely at the financial markets in his bid to find a way of taking control of his finances. Eventually, Seshadri found he was spending more time researching investments than working in the medical sector leading to his switch to a full-time financial career. Now a successful financial blogger and investment specialist, this former doctor has given talks on finance to some of the worlds leading academic institutions and Wall Street brokers.
How did you get involved in the financial industry?
I had always had an interest in finance but was focused on my medical career. As my medical success continued, I found myself thinking a lot more about the financial future of my family. I had invested with a famous brokerage firm but was confused by the small returns I saw when the markets were classed as bullish. I began researching the markets and eventually took control of my investment portfolio. My friends and family began asking for financial advice, and I began writing a blog about my experience which led to a career as an advisor.
Did you ever doubt your business idea?
The thing about my entrepreneurial story is it was a slow transition from medicine to finance. I suppose the largest doubts were when I decided to leave my medical practice and start working full-time in finance. Many people thought I was crazy to leave behind a successful career, but I think the time has proven my decision correct.
Did you have a mentor?
Looking back on my career, I believe I have had several close friends who I could call mentors. As a medical student, I took some business classes and grew close to one of my professors. As I began taking control of my financial future, I spent a little time working with an independent broker who guided me through a period when I was trying to figure out the intricacies of the futures market.
How do you make money?
Since 2005 I have been earning money through investments, consulting and speaking on investments. The percentages of these have changed over the years with at the outset it was more educational income as I have educational companies that focused on teaching clients how to trade successfully. I still do that, but in a limited capacity now from 2010 my knowledge has allowed me to trade my funds, and with fellow investors. We had also provided our knowledge to banks and other financial institutions which I was not aware of when I started. I also have a blog which provides me with a small profit and drives customers to my other business interests.
Do you have any regrets about your career?
I think early on 2005-2009, I was more focused on me, and my service was not what it is today, and everything I do has purpose, so I did not give the care to the business as I should have which I know now can lend to difficulties in the financial world if you are not on top of your game. Those challenges have shaped me today to be a thoughtful person who treats everyone the same whether they are the CEO of billion dollar company or a cook at a fast food restaurant. All people like to be treated with respect, and you should give your utmost attention to your customers which younger entrepreneurs may not realize when starting out.
Which business leaders do you admire the most?
I am a fan of Warren Buffett, the owner of the Berkshire Hathaway insurance giant because of the way he keeps himself grounded despite earning millions. After looking at his business empire as a possible investment opportunity, I have become increasingly impressed by the work and career of the British business leader, Sir Richard Branson. What I admire most about Branson is his ability to be more than simply a business leader with his infectious lust for life and philanthropic work.
What does the future hold for your company?
The future can take on many possibilities depending on how the next several months unfolds with trading large pools of capital for institutions. Of course, the higher return one can achieve changes the trajectory of any business which is not known in any financial mgmt business. With education, we have branched out to consult with companies than individuals because it is easier and it validates our work to say that very large companies are using our service to grow their cash flow exponentially. Individuals can do well, but there is no guarantee no matter who is the person educating you that one would be successful as there are several factors that anyone must have to be successful in investing which are controlling your emotions, insight, instinct, and discipline. Companies great than 10M in revenue are easier to work with as they understand this dynamic and can take the risk that individuals cannot.