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Saturday Night at the Movies: Overcoming Fear and Finding Meaning in Life (The Truman Show)

The Truman Show can teach us a lot about life and money.

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Saturday Night at the Movies uses great films to explore different aspects of personal finance. The Truman Show, starring Jim Carrey as Truman, is a story about a man who since birth has lived inside a giant Hollywood dome, which is the made-for-TV town of Seahaven. Everybody he has ever known, from his friends to his wife to his co-workers, are actors hired to play those roles. Unaware that his world is artificial and that another world awaits him outside of the dome, the movie traces Truman’s life as he begins to question everything he’s learned and believed since childhood. Watch this short trailer of the movie, and then we’ll look at what The Truman Show can teach us about life:

Question everything: Truman’s quest began when he started to question what he had previously taken for granted. Too often we go through life making assumptions about ourselves and others that greatly limit our possibilities. We assume that we can’t find a better job or succeed in business. We accept what others tell us about ourselves. Instead, perhaps it’s time to start asking, “what if”. What if I finished the book I’ve always wanted to write? Maybe somebody would be willing to publish it. What if I left my dead-end job for a new opportunity? Maybe I could reinvigorate my career. Or in Truman’s case, what if I walk through that open door? What if?

Never stop dreaming: I am an eternal dreamer. I dream of doing far more than I could ever possibly do. But all great things begin as a dream. This is the other side of the "what if" question. Question everything and then dream of the possibilities. If you could design your life without limitations, what would it look like?

Take risks: This really is at the heart of The Truman Show. What are you willing to risk for the chance of attaining your dreams? Once you've questioned everything, and after you've pictured your dream, what are you willing to sacrifice to go after it? Often it's a question of whether we are willing to trade in a comfortable life for one of significance and meaning.

Oh, and in the unlikely event that this is my last post--good afternoon, good evening, and good night.

Rob Berger

Rob Berger

Rob Berger is the founder of Dough Roller and the Dough Roller Money Podcast. A former securities law attorney and Forbes deputy editor, Rob is the author of the book Retire Before Mom and Dad. He educates independent investors on his YouTube channel and at

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