Meet The World’s Poorest President: Jose Mujica of Uruguay

November 16, 2012

We could all learn a few things from Jose Mujica, the president of Uruguay.

He lives in a broken down farm off a dirt road outside of Montevideo, hangs his laundry out to dry, drives a 1987 VW Beetle, and works his land himself. He donates 90% of his monthly salary – $12,000 – to charity, and states that “I can live well with what I have.”

“I’m called ‘the poorest president’, but I don’t feel poor. Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more,” he says. “This is a matter of freedom. If you don’t have many possessions then you don’t need to work all your life like a slave to sustain them, and therefore you have more time for yourself.”

I highly recommend you watch the following video from the BBC and read the entire article here. There are some valuable lessons to be learned from President Mujica.

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