Some of the most important lessons can be taught via story. In all of our Camp Millionaire or Creative Wealth for Adults programs, we always tell a very funny version of “The Goose That Laid The Golden Egg” and it really teaches people not to kill their goose…i.e., don’t spend the money that’s paying you every month.
This is your retirement money and the assets that are producing your passive income. I like to tell the story in a cowgirl hat and do it with a little southern drawl…the kids love it and laugh. And if you have older kids (15ish), just admit it’s a silly story but ask if they’ll just play along! Works ‘most of the time’.
Here it is…embellish as you wish and tell it with gusto! I tell it with lots of fill in the _______ (blanks) so it’s more interactive. Try it…it’s a lot more fun that way.
The Goose that Laid the Golden Egg
Once upon a time, there was a poor farmer who worked the fields day and _________ (night). Every day he worked so hard he went to bed plumb tuckered. Plumb what? (tuckered). He did this for many years and was getting really tired of working in the fields.
One day he decided to take a break and go for a walk and as he was walking along the road he heard the loudest racket coming from a ditch. He looked down and there was a goose with a broken wing. The poor farmer took pity on the goose and decided to take it home and nurse it back to health. So that night, the farmer put the goose in his chicken coop and went to bed.