Oct 19, 2022
In today’s episode of the “The Runway Decade
Podcast”, hosts Bill Bush and Pete Bush, advisors at
Horizon Financial Group are talking with Angela Decoteau, a mom,
and a great family person. who had a transformation in her 50s.
Angela talks about her close family in South Louisiana, how she got
interested in going to law school, then how she transitioned to
being a lawyer in trust and estate planning. Angela also talks
about her family story, which gave her the incentive to go into
this profession and follow down that path.
- 02:30 – Bill introduces Angela and tells her to talk a bit
about herself and her story.
- 05:00 – Angela says that while growing up she went to East
Ascension High School.
- 07:20 – Angela really invested hard in her kids and told them
to do whatever they want to. She told them to be adventurous when
they grow up, and do wonderful things in the world.
- 09:10 – Bill enquires from Angela and wants her to talk about
the inflection point where a big event took place in her life.
- 13:30 - Angela decided to do something that no one in her
family had ever done. Not only did she blast her cultural lid, but
exploded it by deciding to go to college at the age of 50.
- 15:35 – After finishing school, Angela decided to do her Real
Estate business and started doing that. Besides, she also got
herself certified in the John Maxwell coaching program to become a
- 16:50 - We don't show people who we really are, but a coach
will reveal who you really are and how you really think.
- 20:45 – During Angela’s time in Law School, finally she
realized that it had been ingrained so far deep into her mind that
she can't achieve it. Her brain was saying no while her body was
- 23:00 – Angela reveals how she got into estate planning.
- 25:10 – The right to the property is like a three-layer cake
and Louisiana is Usus, Fructus, and Abusus.
- 27:30 – Angela says that her grandfather passed, her
grandmother got older, and with age became feeble. She didn't have
a lot of money, they didn't have a big retirement plan, a small
pitch, and a little bit of Social Security.
- 30:00 – Referring to her ancestral property in Louisiana,
Angela suggests that at the time somebody passes you have to make
sure to get a good estate plan. So, you need to have a good
attorney because there are a lot out there who do not care for the
- 32:00 – Angela mentions that she has a business coach that's
helping her to create the best firms where she can service her
clients and he keeps asking if she needs some time off.
- 34:00 – Bill asks Angela about her favorite TV show as a
- 35:55 – Another question Bill asks Angela about her favorite
- 36:45 – Angela understands a lot about business, and not so
much about attorneys, but she has realized that people don't go to
attorneys because of various barriers.
Three Key Points
- Angela reveals that of all the women in her family including
her grandmother, and mom, no one even graduated high school. So
when she graduated high school was a big deal. Her family was
proud; they all came to the graduation ceremony and everyone
celebrated as the whole family was excited because she graduated
high school. Later Angela got married and raised her family
comprising three kids and 14 grandkids. She loved raising her kids,
partially even raising her grandkids and after that, they just got
a little quiet.
- At 50, Angela had a great 30-year marriage, she had her
nonprofit, and it was going to be her next life after the kids were
going to go out into debt sounds great. She was into the real
estate investment business and was living her best life with a real
estate investment deal. That’s when she hit a snag that took their
money with it, and they as a family were shaking and on the verge
of bankruptcy. Her nonprofit had hit a snare and wiped out.
Thousands of people who were following Angela around the world went
away overnight. Besides, her marriage was seemingly over which left
her completely devastated. But in this situation, Angela remembered
what her mom had said --” You got to get up, you got to keep going,
and you got to keep moving.” Thereby, she started to really dig
down and try to find out different lids in her life.
- After completing law school, Angela was stepping forth into the
new world where she wanted to be. Her mind was trying to stop her
by making her physically ill and by creating these roadblocks.
There was a tension between her mind and her body that was causing
the problem but as soon as they discovered that it went away, and
she never had it again. At 55, she felt great and she still has
- “Character was the main issue of the day if you had a good
character you were liked.” - Angela Decoteau
- “Thank God for Google Calendars and Facebook, whose birthday is
today, let me check please?” - Angela Decoteau
- “About the age of 50, that's when everything kind of changed
for me. Children were getting older, and I had a nonprofit” -
- “I realized there were different lids in my life and one of the
lids was a cultural lid.” - Angela Decoteau
- “The other thing that I worked on is my business lid with real
estate. By the time I graduated, I had already built up our real
estate to a million-dollar business.” - Angela Decoteau
- “The thing about a coaching environment is that you become
relaxed, and you begin to think on a different level than you do in
front of everybody else.” - Angela Decoteau
- “We've talked about it in our book about how a good coach can
hold the mirror up and show you parts of yourself.” – Pete
- “I was absolutely fascinated by the law, and it's an area that
everyone needs that.” - Angela Decoteau
- “We'd all get together and hang out and I have great memories.
But when my grandfather died that’s when the estate plan kicked in
and there was a lot of confusion.” - Angela Decoteau
- “My grandfather’s attorney took the Louisiana law and wrote it
in my grandfather's estate plan.” - Angela Decoteau
- “This property in Louisiana that has a lot of heirs in it is
never going to get sold, no one's ever going to love it like we did
when we were kids.” - Angela Decoteau
- “We wrote a book called ‘The Runway Decade’ where we talk to
people in their 50s about leading up to retirement. What does the
word retirement mean to you?” – Bill Bush
- “I've run businesses, and I'm also a coach for the state for
the Small Business Association.” - Angela Decoteau
- “I wanted to remove these barriers for people so that they can
get the things that they need to get done.” - Angela Decoteau