Financial Lesson from It’s a Wonderful Life

It’s a Wonderful Life – Movie

I recently watched a black and white film from 1946 called It’s a Wonderful Life. The story is about a man named George Bailey who becomes overwhelmed with family obligations and a sense of responsibility towards his work and the people in his community of Bedford Falls. Faced with mounting financial challenges George starts to fall into despair. But just when things start to look really grim, an angel appears and tries to help George.?

The angel shows George how dreadful the town would have been if he had never been born. Through a vision we see that those who are close to George are either ruined, or miserable. George learns to appreciate his family and his happiness. He realizes that he has touched many people in a positive way and that he truly has a wonderful life. 🙂


The lesson we can take away from this movie is that wealth isn’t only measured by numbers in a bank account. Our character and virtue can mean a lot too. Have a great holiday everyone! 😀


Random Useless Fact

Coconut water provides many of the same benefits as formulated sports drinks, including electrolytes, calcium, sodium and potassium, but all in their natural form.





Notify of

Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Rob @ MoneyNomad
12/27/2015 5:17 am

You’re absolutely right – character and virtue are just as important as money, if not more so, when measuring wealth. Reminds me of another Christmas story with a particularly selfish old man who runs into a few ghosts to set him straight.

12/27/2015 9:45 am

The title of the article is “Financial Lesson…”, yet the “lesson” you give is moralistic, not financial. In financal terms, wealth actually is “only measured by numbers in a bank account”; character and virtue are wholly subjective measurements.

The financial lessons we can take away from this movie are:

1. Past performance is not indicative of future performance. The movie was a box office flop and far from the Oscar winning successes of the director’s earlier works.

2. Don’t trust your money with simpletons. George’s situation hit a rapid decline only after silly Billy lost the company’s money.

3. “Evil” Potter is still the richest/wealthiest man in town, despite having seemingly less virtue and character than George. Many, many wealthy people lack so-called “virtue and character”, especially business people.

Financial Underdog
12/30/2015 1:49 pm

Our character and virtue mean a lot, but money doesn’t hurt either 😀

ChrisCD (@jumbocds)
01/04/2016 11:57 am

This can’t be the first time you have watched this film? We usually watch it once a year. :O) Financial wealth may be measured in numbers, but financial wealth is not the only wealth worthy of pursing. BTW, I do use Coconut water during my exercise routines and Oreo Cookies are vegan. :O)