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Our Story, so far...

Growing Sapience — and the story behind our story.

Behind every great business, there's a personal story, and we're no different

Drew Browne, Founder Sapience FinancialHello, my name is Drew Browne and I'm the Founder of Sapience Financial. In 2019 we proudly celebrated 20 years of providing specialist financial services to the community. But where life first started for myself, and where we find ourselves today, is very different. Perhaps you can relate.

When I was just starting out, I learned two life lessons the hard way:

  1. Life never quite works out the way you plan, and
  2. Only living through good times, doesn't prepare people for the hard times

Perhaps that's why I'm so driven to helping our clients, friends, and supporters think bigger about their lives today, how they can be equipped to better protect and provide, and what they can bring to the world.

Our Origin Story

I began life in the speciality legal arena and for many years I enjoyed a growing successful career teaching very clever people. As I climbed the professional ladder my skills become more in demand and finally saw myself happily working an average of 60+ hours a week. This was to become an unsustainable part of my life that would later cost more than it paid.

Unusual headaches, eye strain, and a growingly persistent sore throat seemed to become just a normal part of my busy life. When I finally got time one afternoon to drop into the casualty department of the local hospital to see a doctor about a nagging cough, they called me back for urgent surgery the following morning to remove a growth from my throat.

To cut a long story short, this event would soon cost me my job, my contract, my career and very nearly everything else. Over time, I had to find a way to start life again.

I constantly wondered how this could happen to me?

When we're surprised by an unexpected health event, we all start with denial.

Like everyone else around me, I was surprised by my own ignorance of my situation and its eroding of my health. To add insult to injury, I found myself profoundly unprepared and ignorant of my true financial exposure to an unexpected sickness. No one had ever taken the time to explain to me the value of financial advice, how to protect myself and my future, how to insure my income earning capacity, and how to make the most of my financial position.

I had fallen foul of the simple statistical realities-of-life; my numbers came up you could say, and ultimately my ignorance cost me and my family significantly.

My response

I've always been a proactive decision maker – rather than being content to just let external circumstances dictate my responses to life and people. Admittedly, this is easier said than done.

Throughout a long recovery, I was constantly nagged by the quote from author Viktor E Frankl in his book Man's Search for Meaning;

'Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.'
— Viktor Frankl, 1946

Early days

After two lost years of ill health, I began to search for ways to make sure this disaster could never happen to me or my friends and family again. As I began my long journey back from the fog of ill health, I saw that the financial advice industry was fragmented and confusing. Any advice was limited to what products a particular professional had to sell and they often bore no resemblance to my actual needs.

There had to be a better way

Over the years that would follow, I gained a comprehensive set of new qualifications and a lot of hard-won insights into why as an educated professional, had fallen through the cracks and suffered so much financial damage.

In 1999 I established the company that was to become Sapience Financial. Today we're an awarded and purpose-driven financial advice business who specialise in helping small business owners and their families protect themselves, from their business.

Your invitation

So I invite you to become a better version of yourself, the easy way. Learn from my mistakes, benefit from our hard-won expertise and position yourself and your family to become more life confident, by learning what you need to know to successfully navigate an unpredictable financial life, before you may need to use it.

In today's fast-paced world, wisdom has been replaced by sheer volumes of knowledge and knowledge by data points and search engine queries and new promises of AI rescuing us all.

The only way you can successfully navigate through the increasingly complex maze which is financial life is to connect with a financial professional who's able to share their wisdom and expertise with you.

We call that Sapience. Why not make our story, part of your story?

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