🧠 The Most Important Long-Term Investments you’ll ever make.


In 1951, a wealthy Cornell student — Jane Leidloff — found herself on a diamond expedition in Venezuela. While there, she fell in love with the indigenous Ye’kuana people. She lived in the jungle with them for three years.

In a book published years later, she included the story of Caesar — born in the tribe, later “adopted” by modern Venezuelans, but who returned to the tribe as an adult.

Initially, Caesar was overjoyed that he didn’t have to work. The rest of the tribe was happy to hunt, gather, and garden for him and his family. But he grew “discontented and irritable.”

Then something changed:

After five years’ assurance, he felt that no one was pushing him [to build a garden] and was as free to enjoy working. ‘He wanted to make a garden of his own,’ [his neighbor] laughed, ‘but he didn’t know it himself!’ [The neighbor] thought it hilarious that anyone should not know that he wanted to work.”

It’s an observation that is just as salient today as 50 or 5,000 years ago. Speaking on a recent podcast, our friend Morgan Housel noted that same thing:

This is where a lot of people in the FIRE [Financial Independence, Retire Early] movement get it wrong. Financial independence? Great. Retire early? Giant black hole of despair and depression for a lot of people.”

Why does this matter? Because we are all on a journey to financial independence together.

But that independence only pays real dividends if you live a life centered on:

  1. A healthy mind and body.
  2. Supportive, interdependent relationships.
  3. A sense of purpose and meaning.

In the end, those are most important long-term investments you’ll ever make.

– Brian Feroldi, Brian Stoffel & Brian Withers

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