Ep 93: What Popular Fables Reveal About Our Personal Finances

What can we learn from Aesop’s fables when it comes to gaining financial wisdom? Sean shares how each of these fables relate to our own financial decisions.

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Things You’ll Learn Along Today’s Journey

There are a few fables that teach us about life and money. Today, we’ll go through some fables and find out what they teach us financially.

In the miser and his gold, a miser digs up his gold to look at it but then it got stolen. Instead of using it, he would only look. Wealth not realized and used isn’t wealth. While we might be programmed to save and accumulate, don’t forget to use it. Sometimes Sean has to convince clients to spend their money. Having financial safety and security is good, but learn how you can use that money to your advantage while you’re still around.

The tortoise and the hare is a well-known story of the overconfident hare who doesn’t plan ahead while the slow and steady tortoise comes out ahead. Rushing to make money quick isn’t the answer you want. The slow and steady approach to accumulating wealth is often what works best. Building consistent habits over time will lead to financial success.

Lastly, the dog and the shadow is about a dog with a piece of meat walking home. When crossing a stream, the dog sees its reflection and tries to grab the piece of meat in the reflection and ends up losing the meat in his mouth. In the financial world, if you don’t have a clear plan, you might try to jump towards something else too soon.

Listen to the entire episode or skip ahead using the timestamps below.

[0:28] – Time for back to school!

[1:52] – What can we learn from the miser and his gold?

[6:38] – The tortoise and the hare shows us that slow and steady wins the race.

[10:29] – What about the dog and his shadow? 

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For over a decade, Sean Lee has helped families reach and maintain their financial goals. As a trusted advisor, he coaches and assists his clients with their financial goals by focusing on the fundamentals and takes a practical and personal approach when working with them.

As a trusted professional in Utah, Sean has been featured in The Wall Street Journal’s Market Watch, The Deseret News, The Salt Lake Tribune and USA Today. He has also been featured as a local financial advisor on Utah’s NBC station, KSL 5.

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