Home Personal Finance What does a Corporate Lawyer and the Genie from Aladdin Have in Common? Friday Trivia

What does a Corporate Lawyer and the Genie from Aladdin Have in Common? Friday Trivia

by My Journey to Millions

I had a really interesting conversation with a client the other day.  To give you a little background, I don’t know him personally (that is to say outside one or two conversations), he is 50 years old, successful, not ultra high worth successful but amazingly comfortable, couple kids, a wife and he wanted to map out his retirement cash flow.  It was during this conversation that he said something to me that for some reason I can’t get out of my mind.  So since I own this blog you get to hear about it!

Part of his future cash flow is a non-qualified defined benefit pension, that is to say when he hits 62 he will have an income of $130,000/yr pre tax, but it was during this conversation that has got me pondering.  He said to me,

If I have to wait to 62 to retire, I am going to lose my mind

With that story in mind watch the following video:


So what do the Corporate Lawyer and The Genie from Aladdin Have in Common?

You may also like


Dan 12/10/2010 - 9:12 am

They both want to be free but are bound to obligations. They both also want someone to wish for their freedom. Close?

Veronique 12/10/2010 - 1:09 pm

I go along with Dan!
I would also say they are both not doing what they want to do.

Wil Possible 12/10/2010 - 2:47 pm

They are capable of doing more but they are also trapped inside a bottle, or a box as most corporate attorneys work in.

My Personal Finance Journey 12/11/2010 - 3:35 pm

I agree! They are both longing to be free to do what they want and travel! Great video this is! I love Aladin!

Kellen 12/11/2010 - 6:14 pm

I would say its more like they value freedom more than power/riches, except your high worth individual is probably going to wait and get the pension, which means he values that more…

Evan 12/12/2010 - 12:42 pm

Believe it or not I think he’ll end up banking CASH for the next 5 years and take back is life after that

Financial Samurai 12/11/2010 - 7:31 pm

Love Robin Williams!

The answer is simple. Being a lawyer sucks just like being a genie sucks!

Evan 12/12/2010 - 12:39 pm


Don 12/11/2010 - 8:30 pm

lol, SAM’s answer had me rolling on the floor!

I think your golden handcuffs picture says it all. That’s a pretty big nut to have in the end, but a long time to do the required monkey dance… that’s for sure!

I guess it suck being in servitude to the big corporations! (hmmm, I guess Sam’s answer was spot on after all).

Evan 12/12/2010 - 12:51 pm

I am young (29) but I don’t think I would mind some golden handcuffs LOL!

Evan 12/12/2010 - 12:38 pm

@Dan @Veronique @MyPersonalFinanceJourney @Wil

Fantastic insights!

My Personal Finance Journey 12/13/2010 - 11:22 am

Thanks! Great idea to spruce up a Friday and get us ready for the weekend!

Veronique 12/13/2010 - 10:34 am

@Evan, thank you, the genie inspired me! Though I don’t want to be trapped like him! 😉

Sandy 12/16/2010 - 9:27 pm

I dont have an answer but I want to be that attorney! As it is I’m looking at working until 67 with no golden parachute. Sigh.


Leave a Comment