Grant Hill is awesome. As a role model that is.

Growing up watching basketball, you have to feel for Grant Hill. After Scottie Pippen you don’t get so many folks that does well in all areas on the court.

Grant Hill was one of them. To do that, you got to have a certain level of intelligence.

But there are times you wonder why an organization will stick to a sick note like that.

Perhaps the person is just delightful off the court.

Bloomberg has a great piece on why Grant Hill as able to develop what look like a great second career in the finance field.

[Bloomberg | Grant Hill’s Wall Street Whirlpool Chats Pave Way to John Mack]

Surrounding yourself with people that keep your feet on the ground

Too many sportsmen made poor decisions that eventually cost them after their playing career.

Janet Hill also taught her son the value of a dollar, albeit unconventionally. As a 5- or 6-year-old, he was so rough on his toys that they would frequently break. Repeated admonitions didn’t change the behavior, so Janet Hill took action in what she described as “not one of my great moments.”

One Christmas she had her son’s toys repaired, repackaged and placed under the tree.

“He was shocked,” she said. “But he took care of his toys after that.”

Competency

Then there are some who doesn’t come out with the right competency to prepare them for what is to come.

Even more rare is that Hill recognized the value of an all-around Duke education, said his college coach, hall-of-famer Mike Krzyzewski. Even as an underclassman, Hill understood that his education extended beyond the court or classroom and included getting to know other students, the coach said.

“He didn’t want to live in just a sports world,” said Krzyzewski, who won two of his four national championships during Hill’s stay on campus. “He killed it here at Duke.”

Right Temperament

“Even at a very young age he was more inquisitive, broader than a guy who was totally focused on his sport,” Guggenheim Partners LLC Chairman Alan Schwartz, a 1972 Duke graduate, said in a telephone interview, noting that their relationship began when Hill arrived on campus in Durham, North Carolina, in 1990. “It was clear that basketball was only one component of what made Grant special.”

Calvin Hill said his son has always been inquisitive, asking how and why, again and again, over and over, until he was satisfied. He recalled the time the younger Hill asked why ice forms on a pond, which led to a discussion — and more questions — about why the seasons change.

“He’s always trying to figure out how things are connected — and why,” the elder Hill said.

Summary

Obviously, Grant Hill had a leg up on most folks due to his connections and parents connections, but if you cannot achieve the degree that Hill does, following his blue print of tapping his Alumni, being inquisitive, networking more can make transition much easier into another career.

It also helps that we identify skills that can be brought over to different careers and polish them well.

Chances are if they are that portable, they are really beneficial in life as well.

Why does bank transfers still includes branch codes?

One thing that continues to frustrates consumers around the world is that, to set up a bank transfer payee, you have to key in the branch code of the bank.

How this originates from is that perhaps the old way of keeping record is such that each account is tied to a specific branch.

Well fast forward, that is so long ago and today we are still living with the idiocy of the past.

Last week, I created 2 payees to other banks and some how for one of them I got the branch code wrong.

And the money gets returned to me. And they charge me 50 cents for the failed transaction!

This gets more problematic when you want to transfer money to another friend via internet banking. What happens if you cannot even remember which branch you set up the account with?

It is with this that perhaps future money transfers be done through email like what Square and Google Wallet is advocating.

Am I making a big fuss out of this or do you guys feel the same way?