Game of Thrones: Finance Edition

Fans of Game of thrones, myself included will tell you they would rather endure a Cersei-style naked walk of shame or “Bend the knee to whoever” than miss an episode of “Game of Thrones.

It is quite surprising that some people still view it as an achievement to have never watched an episode of game of thrones. I’m sorry, but ya’l are missing out.

Game of thrones is not only one of the most entertaining shows ever created in the history of mankind, but it also gives us great lessons on money and finance.

The rise and fall of the great houses of Westeros is highly tied to money and the disposal of it. This in a way relates to how money and finance influences us in many aspects in the real world.

Below are a few lessons from game of thrones other than “All men must die”.

  1. A Lannister always pays his debt

If in the real world, the Lannister’s would have a pretty good credit score. One of my favorite characters, if not my favorite Tyrion Lannister is well known for his phrase “A Lannister always pays his debt”.

The financial lesson: People, pay up your debts, or better yet do not incur debt that you cannot pay.

Lannister

  1. There’s usually more than what meets the eye

If you are a true game of thrones fan, you would have noticed how much the territories map in the opening credits has expanded.

The world is getting bigger and if we don’t increase our curiosity our ignorance will be the death of us. To us many who watch the show, the white walkers and Daenerys Targaryen’s dragons can easily be the biggest threats to the 7 kingdoms despite the fact that in the show, majority have never seen these creatures and its all a myth.

The finance lesson: Stay informed on what is going on in the financial world. Let your knowledge base widen and keep up with global events shaping the economy.

Map

  1. Know and control what you have

The best character we can all learn from on this regard is none other than Daenerys Targaryen “Mother of Dragons”.

Going back to the beginning of the show, Daenerys Targaryen was so broke that just to rub two quarters together, she’d have to borrow one. (dry joke I know, but you get the point).

Fast forward to current season Deanery’s rules one of the most influential Queendoms of the show.

The finance lesson: Leverage your assets and turn them into huge gain”. Your assets are not only limited to material things. Your talent or that skill you’re good at is an asset.

Daenarys

  1. Hard assets still matter

Wealth is a major issue in game of thrones. The plot of game of thrones is based on every kingdom trying to gain control of the entire landmass of Westeros and taking over all the land, gold and people.

Without land in game of thrones you are of little consequence.

The finance lesson: Whilst it’s good to invest in stocks and bonds, we should also not forget to invest in tangible assets. Tangible assets have a physical form and natural value. It’s likely that you have already invested in physical assets in some way — you may have bought a house, a car or collected a piece of art.

Iron throne

I hope this analysis was insightful and feel free to drop your thoughts in the comment section below.

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