Lessons To Be Learnt From The World’s Poorest President

Jose Mujica: The former President of Uruguay

Tasneem H Yousuff


Image of Jose Mujica — World’s Poorest President By Daily Sabah

A calm and modest life brings more happiness than the pursuit of success combined with constant restlessness,” wrote Albert Einstein.

Can the choices we make in life in pursuit of wealth or success give us true happiness?

Few happily give away the little that they have and they find pleasure in bringing a smile to your face. Their happiness lies in your happiness.

Yet, we often come across many who have achieved the peak of their careers, they have found success, amassed huge amounts of wealth and yet, contentment, happiness and satisfaction has eluded them. Sadly, they take their lives…

While we come across in history a few great personalities who have understood the true meaning of life and lived their lives to the fullest by sharing and giving what little they have, one contemporary little known person is the former President of Uruguay- Jose Mujica. He was the 40th President of Uruguay and served from 2010 to 2015.

“Poor people are those who only work to try to keep an expensive lifestyle, and always want more and more,” Jose Mujica.

Mujica is far removed from the leaders in most countries who have money and property tucked away in Swiss banks and elsewhere. But Mujica doesn’t have anything to be worried about!

He lives in a ramshackle farm off a dirt road, outside Uruguay’s capital Montevideo that belongs to his wife! His wife’s assets including land, house and tractor are valued at around $200,000. He has shunned the luxurious lifestyle of a President.

And he gives away 90% of his salary to the poor and to the small entrepreneurs in charity.

The water pipeline that provides most of us with clean drinking water from a tap is non-existent. His water comes from a well in the yard. Not for him is your clothes dryer — his laundry is strung outside the house!

Not for him is the luxurious lifestyle of a President — the grandeur, the security, the glitter of…



Tasneem H Yousuff

Top Writer in Food & Cooking. I also write about life experiences, self-improvement, health, gardening, memoirs and anything beneficial for the reader.