Personal Finance & The Lion King

Inspired by Vic over at Dad is Cheap‘s post regarding personal finance messages hidden in Beauty and the Beast, which was initially inspired by Sarah at The Yachtless, I’ve decided to write up my own observations from one of my personally favorite Disney movies of all time…The Lion King.

I was about 8 when this movie first came out so, of course, I grew up loving it.  Now, all grown up with a child of my own, I can’t help but notice the more philosophical aspects of the dialogue within the movie.  Recently, I’ve been watching/listening to it while playing with our son and realized that, while there are numerous life lessons to be gleaned, there are at least a couple lessons to be learned that can be applied to the realm of personal finance.  Here they are:

First, I’ve made countless mistakes in my past, both financial and otherwise…and Rafiki the wise baboon is right, they can hurt like hell.  While I still hold on to a certain amount of regret over past decisions, some of which will never subside, it’s a fact that there’s nothing I can ever do to change it.  The only option I have is to learn from those missteps and apply them toward better decision making as we move forward.  In doing so, speaking from a financial standpoint, I will avoid debt whenever possible and continue to set us up on the path to financial independence and early retirement.





Secondly, Timon and Pumbaa’s attitudes and nature are what I envision FIRE to be like.  When they first show Simba their backyard view of paradise, Simba says something like “you guys live here?!” to which Timon replies, “we live anywhere we want.”  Having the freedom to not be tied to a particular geographical location based on a job or specific responsibilities, accompanied by a nest egg capable of supporting our chosen lifestyle for the seemingly indefinite future will certainly lead to a life of “no worries!”


Have you noticed any other parallels between The Lion King and personal finance that I’ve missed?  Please let me know in the comments below!  And if you aren’t already, don’t forget to follow along with my family’s journey; we would love to have you along for the ride and learn about whatever journey you may be on, as well!  🙂

– Nurse on Fire

14 thoughts on “Personal Finance & The Lion King

  1. Thanks for the shout out!

    I’ve made plenty of financial mistakes in the past that I kills me every time I think about it. I should’ve saved a lot more while spending less money on crap. At one point I literally had like 100+ DVDs. What the heck was I gonna do with all those movies and shows? I used to buy seasons of shows like 24 and Battlestar Galactica. Who has time to watch 400 hours of TV you’ve already watched?

    I definitely want to get to a point where my wife and I are living a Hakuna Matata lifestyle in somewhat early retirement. I don’t think we’ll be able to be like Mr. Money Mustache and retire when we’re 30, but I’d like to retire by 50. A crazy goal for sure, but hey why not dream big?

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    • You’re welcome; thanks for the inspiration! I get what you’re saying…we own the first 10 seasons of Grey’s Anatomy on DVD. Not that those broke the bank necessarily but it’s all of those type of little purchases that add up over the years. I did a post awhile back inspired by Mr. Fire Station, looking back at all my tax returns, and was pretty sickened at the amount of money that has flowed right between my fingers since I started working at 16.

      As amazing at it would be, there’s no way I’ll hit retirement by 30…in 8 MONTHS! lol If everything continues on current pace, I’m shooting for 45. That will fluctuate based on where we ultimately decide to plant roots, buy a house, and whether my wife potentially goes back to school and starts working outside the home at some point. We plan to start traveling in the next few years, where I’ll work as a travel nurse and let an agency pay for our housing costs; this will, theoretically, allow our savings to continue climbing upwards, especially after we’re debt free in the next couple years.

      Dreaming big is the only way to go. The way I look at it is that, even if I don’t hit the mark and retire by 45 (or 50…or even CHOOSE to work longer) I’ll still be on pace to retire MUCH earlier than the standard age of 65.

      Hakuna Matata, my friend.


  2. This movie is childhood favorite!

    I agree with Vic. Most of us have made mistakes when it comes to managing money. You should have seen all of the stupid things I purchased during my time of financial irresponsibility. When I decided to get my financial house in order the first thing I did was clean out my apartment. I found FOUR vacuums! Who the heck needs FOUR vacuums? I had a two bedroom apartment at the time. I won’t even bother taking up your time to tell you what else I found. I own a home now, but I will never go back to that level of careless spending again. Great post! I had a lot of fun reading it. – Madison

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    • Thank you; really glad you enjoyed the post! 🙂

      I have no doubt that I’ll continue making mistakes along the way but I’m certainly more cognizant than I’ve ever been in my life. Four vacuums is definitely a bit excessive…lol. Did you even know you had the “old” ones when you were buying new? Really glad to know you “got your house in order!” 🙂


  3. I really like this movie. I can’t remember when I first saw this but I know it was around elementary days.

    If I were to do a blog post, which I will if you don’t mind, I would do ‘Aladdin’. I have always loved that movie. There are a ton of lessons I learned from this movie. One, it is by being true to yourself that will truly help you. In the movie, Aladdin wanted to be a prince and so he asked Genie to be one and then, there’s Jafar. Aladdin found out that it is by being true to himself and with the love of Jasmin that can defeat Jafar.

    I learned in the movie no matter what everyone thinks of you, those people who love you will see truly see you for what you really are. Close to the end of the movie, Genie said to Aladdin that Aladdin will always be a price to him no matter what anyone else says. This is a powerful statement and every single parent can relate to this.

    I surely will create a blog post about Aladdin and me. You inspired me to do one. Thanks.

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    • Hello! Very nice to meet you; I’m gonna head over and check out your blog as soon as I finish this response.

      Aladdin is an incredible movie and Robin Williams as the Genie was hilarious! I haven’t watched it in quite awhile but you’re definitely right, there are a lot of valuable lessons, financial and otherwise, scattered throughout. I’m looking forward to reading your post; if you’re so inclined and feeling generous, hit me up with a pingback! 😀

      Have a nice day!


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