Taking care of what matters “Successful financial planning means that I can continue to care for my family and continue my passion for science. I hope to continue to travel and research the world’s rainforests after I retire.”
30 years studying and protecting ant life Brian Fisher travels the world collecting and studying ants. As a scientist at the Laboratory of Ant Evolution, he has spent thirty years exploring the remote corners of the tropics on the hunt for new species.
Exploring the world as a family “Children add a new dimension to a career of exploration. We now take our kids with us (to Peru, Madagascar, Saudi Arabia, Brazil) when we travel and must plan financially for this. I really enjoy the opportunity to share travel with our children and to introduce them to new animals and different cultures.”
Lifelong passion “As a little boy, I always wanted to be outside, and thanks to National Geographic, I just knew that I was going to have to go out and explore all these exciting places. That drove me really to prepare. In the tropics [I knew] they spoke Portuguese, Spanish, and French, so I learned those three languages before I even went to the tropics, in preparation for becoming that African explorer.”
Encouraging his children to do what makes them happy “When we have visitors to the house, they just assume [our kids] are interested in ants. They obviously are enjoying the adventure of science, and I just hope that they continue to enjoy what they do. That’s my only expectation; I just want them to enjoy life.”