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Richard Nixon stepped down from office in 1974. He remains the only U.S. President to ever do so.

We might scoff at his name now, but it’s important to remember that Nixon was wildly popular back then.

In the 1972 election — just two years before he resigned — he won 49 of the 50 U.S. states and received 17 million more votes than his opponent.

It was a landslide victory in every way.

Years after his downfall, Henry Kissinger (Nixon’s Secretary of State) said:

“Can you imagine what this man would have been like if somebody had loved him?”

Kissinger’s point has been reinforced many times over. Nixon had a tumultuous childhood.

Whether we see it in recent best-seller The Myth of Normal by Dr. Gabor Mate or in one of the all-time great movies — Citizen Kane, the havoc that unresolved psychological trauma can wreak on one’s life has been repeatedly documented.

What does this have to do with investing?

Well, depending on the culture where you’re reading this, not every society is as open to exploring and healing that trauma as others. Some try to tape over it with power (Nixon), others with money (Citizen Kane).

But it is only through connection — with ourself, something bigger than ourselves, with others — that such healing can take place.

Money and power don’t offer much direct help.

But, that’s not to say building up a solid nest egg can’t help at all.

Many people develop a strong sense of psychological safety by saving and investing. Creating a big financial buffer makes many people feel more confident in their ability to provide for themselves and their loved ones, even during periods of economic stress. That feeling can lift a burden from their mind so they can focus on developing those crucial connections with others.

Which, of course, is where the gold really lives.

This is one of the many reasons why the three of us are so passionate about investing.

It’s not because investing allows us to have more material stuff (although that’s a nice).

It’s because investing can help to remove finances as a barrier to us living a better life.

That’s what get us excited.

Wishing you investing success,

– Brian Feroldi, Brian Stoffel, & Brian Withers

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