A few months ago, I resolved to spend 2012 exploring the Big Issues in the profession. My strategy is to tap into the wisdom of the crowd via this column and my interactive relationship with the audience who reads my work at Inside Information.

For example? I'm collecting feedback on a question that the profession has left unaddressed for far too long. No doubt you constantly read, in the pages of this magazine and elsewhere, great advice on how to take an advisory business from good to great. But I would estimate that 80% of all advisors are still struggling to reach the good level. By that I mean they aren't making a substantial living as financial planners or investment advisors, and they don't see a clear path on how to get over the hump.

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