What We Can Learn About Personal Finances From Finding Nemo

If you're a Disney Pixar fan, you've undoubtedly seen the movie, Finding NemoYes, 13 years ago, Nemo touched our hearts and swam into our lives like few finned friends have done in the past (okay...maybe the Incredible Mr. Limpet is close). Finding Dory, it's sequel, is now in theaters across the country. While we haven't gone and seen the latest Pixar flick (don't spoil it for us!), we know that Finding Nemo actually has some underlying themes that coincide quite well with personal finances. Oh sure, at its core, Finding Nemo is a story about a little Clown Fish who was taken from his home, and his father's journey to bringing him back, but stay with us. We think you'll like the financial nuggets of goodness that are secretly embedded in the movie. Here's the themes we picked up on!

Just Keep Swimming

Sometimes life stinks. Life throws us financial curveballs in the form of medical bills, car and house repairs, student loans among other thing. The best advice we can give you is to not get discouraged. Without sounding too cliche, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. It's probably stressful in the moment, but if you "keep swimming" you'll more than likely make it out on the other side. 

Dory: "Hey there, Mr. Grumpy Gills. When life gets you down do you wanna know what you've gotta do?" 
Marlin: "No I don't wanna know."
Dory: [singing] "Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming. Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming. What do we do? We swim, swim."

Accountability Works

We've talked about this in our past blog posts, but if you're setting yourself a financial goal, have an accountability partner who can hold you to what goals you've set. We understand that talking about personal finances with peers can seem taboo, but think about it this way. We work out at the gym together and set up goals for pounds lost. We set ourselves goals when we want to kick a habit, and quit things together (caffeine, smoking, drinking, eating junk food, etc). Why wouldn't we find an accountability partner to help with meeting financial goals? Find your money buddy and start hitting those goals!

Bruce: Hello. My name is Bruce. 
AnchorChum: Hello, Bruce. 
Bruce: It has been three weeks since my last fish, on my honor, or may I be chopped up and made into soup. 
Chum: You're an inspiration to us all! 
Anchor: Amen!

Think Positively

Are you a pessimist or an optimist? Think of your financial journey in a positive light, and cheer yourself on when you hit goals. You may have a mountain of debt, but don't get discouraged when you still have a ways to go. Or perhaps you have no debt, but want to start saving money. Instead of saying, "I still have a long way to go," say, "Look how far I've come!" It will absolutely change your perspective on goals.

Marlin: The water is half empty! 
Dory: Hmmm. Really? I'd say it's half full.

Good luck on your goals, and remember that we're here for you!

--The Taconnet Team