Yoda: The Greatest Personal Finance Teacher Ever?

Sometimes we need to have a little fun.  Credit for this “Yoda” idea goes to Brandon, one of the regular readers here on The Retirement Manifesto.  In response to my article on “Retirement:  Reality Vs. Expectations”, Brandon left a comment with some relevant Yoda quotes (read his original comment using this link).

Curious, I Googled “Yoda Quotes” and the idea for today’s fun post was born.

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For those of you that live in a cave and don’t know who Yoda is, enjoy this short YouTube clip of Yoda teaching Luke Skywalker about the power of Faith.  As the oldest and most powerful Grand Jedi Master, perhaps he can teach us a few things about personal finance.  I can only imagine the lessons he must have learned during his 800+ years of work…..

Yoda The Teacher

Yoda:  The Greatest Personal Finance Teacher Ever?

“PATIENCE YOU MUST HAVE my young padawan”

Personal Finance is a world of patience.  It takes years for compounding to truly impact your portfolio size.   Make it your habit to automate your savings by setting up ACH transfers from your checking account into your investments, or using payroll deductions to contribute to your employer’s savings plan.  Set it, be consistent in your savings, and then be patient.

“You will know (the good from the bad) when you are calm, at peace. Passive. A Jedi uses the Force for knowledge and defense, never for attack.”

It would appear that our friend Yoda prefers passive investments over the actively managed accounts.  I suspect he may have been the first Boglehead?  Good call, as passive index funds offer lower expense ratios than actively managed funds.  Over time, evidence suggests the extra fee does not result in better results, and most experts are now recommending personal investors focus the majority of their investments in passive index funds.

“Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose.”

What do you fear to lose?  I like to think Yoda was focusing on mankind’s tendency to get lost in materialism. Focus on the things that matter most.  “Stuff” isn’t important.  Realize this early on, and your life will benefit.  By having less focus on material things, you’ll free up more of your money to invest, and your life will be more balanced.  Be charitable, and focus on things that really matter. Remember that No One Has Ever Become Poor By Giving.  Take time to develop your spiritual side.  Let go of materialism, and grasp what’s truly important. Remember, Yoda was living in a mud hut on a swamp planet when Luke met him, so he knows something about living modestly.

One of my goals in writing this blog is to share the lessons I’ve learned in over 30 years of personal investing.  I’m now making it a focus to teach those lessons to my daughter.  Take the time to share lessons you’ve learned.  Listen to Yoda.

“The fear of loss is a path to the Dark Side.”

Looks to me like Yoda’s not a fan of market timing.  Don’t get caught up in a panic when the market enters it’s inevitable “correction” cycles.  Maintain a long term perspective on your investments, and don’t get caught up in the hype.  Read how I manage my investments during times of volatility.

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

Yoda doesn’t like excuses.  If you’re “trying to save more”, get over it.  Either do, or do not.  You’ll live with the consequences either way.  Find a way to “Do”, find a way to save.  The clock never stops running, and at some point your retirement is inevitable.  Be ready.  Save now.

“Difficult to see. Always in motion is the future..”

Looks like Yoda’s not a big fan of speculative buying.  Dollar cost average your way into a well diversified portfolio.

“You think Yoda stops teaching, just because his student does not want to hear? A teacher Yoda is. Yoda teaches like drunkards drink, like killers kill.”

My final Yoda quote for today.  Proof that Yoda was a great teacher.

Perhaps, even, the greatest personal finance teacher ever.

And, just for fun, I’m closing this post with a silly picture of a Yoda dog.  Just because I can. Smiles!

Yoda Dog


    1. Lol, Evan! Exactly the reaction I’d hoped my “fun” post would create. Glad you enjoyed it!

    2. Ha, When I first read your comment I thought you said “My inner geek just went into overlord”

  1. Wait a minute. I thought Hannibal Lechter was the greatest financial teacher. ?But now I see we must look to Yoda for wisdom, too.

    Very entertaining!

    1. Oh, Mrs Groovy, you may be on to something! I can see my next blog now: Hannibal vs. Yoda: Who Wins? A whitty collection of Hannibal’s “financial guidance” as vetted from his quotes. Hmmmm….this could become a series! Jack Benny? Yogi Berra? The “subjects” are unlimited! Wink.

  2. I remember buying my 2 year old nephew (almost 4 now) a life-size Yoda for his birthday. I’ve noticed on Facebook he now owns several lightsabers and enjoys playing as a Jedi Knight with his dad. On his first birthday I gave him a silver American Eagle coin. I was hoping that will lead him to collecting coins and later he might become interested in personal finance. It’s important to keep personal finance enjoyable and fun!

    Good job Fritz.

  3. “Adventure, Excitement, a Jedi craves not these things.” So where does the pending swim across lake Switzerland come into play, Jedi Fritz?

    Good fun my friend –

    1. Lol, Kirk. Good point. I guess Yoda gets his pleasures from telepathically lifting spaceships out of swamps, I get mine from swimming! Swamp and swimming, at least both have water….right? 🙂 Nice talking with you tonight, Kirk. Thanks for your support of my work on the blog!

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