Okay, so I’m just gonna come out and say it- I’m a nerd.
Of course, I do bathe daily, unlike most nerds. And I exercise nearly every day of the week, which is something hardcore nerds seem to be allergic to. But when a movie like the new Star Trek directed by J.J. Abrams promotes me to write a post about what Star Trek can teach us about our finances, simply because I want in some way to relate a post to Star Trek…I consider myself a nerd.
All kidding aside, Star Trek is chock- full of worthwhile themes and concepts that could translate into beneficial thought concerning what we do with our money.
Considering that the Earth of Star Trek times has eliminated war and disease completely, they just might be on to something.
Warp Drive related to investing or debt elimination:
Consider the forms of propulsion throughout history; walking, animals pulling wagons, sails attached to ships moved by wind, the steam engine, the internal combustion engine, the rockets of the space age… all of these seem rather primitive compared to an engine that propels things faster than the speed of light.
Consider the beginning stages of your investments or debt elimination as those early forms of propulsion. They may not seem like much, and none of them will ever get you as far as warp drive could, but all of them have been necessary to obtain warp drive.
Over time those early steps will grow until one day you’ll look back and be amazed at how far you have come.
If we never figured out how to build the wheel or a simple rocket, how could we possibly travel faster than light?
Diversity of races/species:
In the days of the original Star Trek, the one with Captain Kirk, one of the unique things about the show was that diversity was encouraged and promoted, evidenced by the fact that the crew of the Enterprise consisted of both men and women, in equal positions of authority, enjoying equal opportunities for advancement and recognition.
Additionally shocking was the fact that one of those females was black.
Oh, and did I mention that whole species that haven’t even had a chance to be discriminated against yet, namely aliens from other planets, were treated just as fairly?
The point here is that in order to get rid of debt, build wealth, and achieve financial independence, all of your old ways of thinking need to be at least examined, if not completely reworked. You’ll have to let go of old discriminations and assumptions that have kept you from achieving your financial goals and instead develop and cultivate new behavior that is more conducive to your aspirations.
“I don’t believe in the no-win scenario”:
In the new Star Trek film, an argument between Spock and Young Kirk occurs, concerning a test designed to determine how cadets respond to a situation in which there is no way to win. James Kirk responds with the dramatic (possibly over-dramatic), and defiant line, “I don’t believe in the no-win scenario”.
Sometimes when it comes to our finances, we must also have this stubborn perspective. We must be able to blindly, on nothing more than faith, believe that we will be able to climb out of the deep, dark hole of debt, and one day rise to the point where we can be financially independent.
This will probably be one of the harder things to do; after all, we’ve lived our entire lives believing that those rare, uber-rich individuals are almost freaks of nature, that no common hard-working person could ever come close to that sort of success. Society itself tells us this often enough.
Just believing 100% that it’s possible is at least half the battle. All that’s left at that point is to just take the steps to get there.