I also committed to two goals this year:
- Run 365 days [As of this writing, I have run 418 days in a row], which will bring me to 738 days by 12.31.18
- Read 52 books
I realized in taking the art of reading that reading 52 books might not be feasible, if I intended to learn and grow from what I was reading.
One of the techniques that I learned was the concept of syntopic reading, which suggests that you should read many books on the same subject and comparing and contrasting the ideas, vocabulary, and arguments.
My first topic area that I wanted to learn about, which I believe ties well to financial independence, was stoicism, and I picked up four books:
- Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius
- Seneca, Letters from a Stoic
- The Obstacle is the Way, Ryan Holiday
- Ego is the Enemy, Ryan Holiday
Additionally, I picked up the the Daily Stoic Journal, by Ryan Holiday and Stephen Hanselman, which brings us to the Daily FI Stoic Journal.
The Daily Stoic Journal teaches a new Stoic concept each week and asks you a daily question to contemplate in the morning as you prepare for your day and an evening question to contemplate your daily performance. For perspective:
- Marcus Aurelius would journal each morning, and throughout the day, on how to think, how to live, what to be grateful for, and then he would go on to meet his day
- Seneca would look back on the day and ask himself if his actions had been just, what he could have done better, what habits he could curb, and how he might improve himself
My intention in completing 366 days of morning and evening journaling is twofold:
- I will improve on my Stoic journey, in conjunction with the books I am reading above
- I will add a financial independence thoughts to each of my Stoic journal entries
That is correct, over the course of 2018, I will be posting 730 financial independence thoughts, along with the following:
- Net worth updates quarterly
- What I am reading*
- Financial independence posts**
*It gets better…Each book I read in the what am I reading section will be treated similarly to my financial independence thoughts in that I will summarize my thoughts on the book and also provide a view of how that book ties to financial independence. I have already read five books this year, so you should expect to see at least 25 what am I reading financial independence summaries this year.
**I will be posting pure financial independence posts less frequently, given:
- Working ~ 55 hours per week
- A father of two boys under ten
- Running every single day of the year
- Building our single family forever home
- Reading ~ 25+ books this year
- Writing 25+ book summaries and FI summaries
- Updating our net worth on a quarterly basis
- Journaling on Stoicism and FI Stoicism 2x per day
When something covered in #5 – #7 appears to warrant a stand-alone post, then I will make sure to put it out into the blogosphere.