Finance Stoic 7b – Feeling like John Nash

Today was a good day with a lot of insights.

I felt like John Nash in a Brilliant Mind with some of the ideas and inferences I had.

To be fair, it did not start off too brilliantly, as I forgot my laptop at home in the morning…

Positively, most of my writing, and much of my thinking, is done best without a computer, but rather with pen and paper.

In other news, I have been resting my body this week, shortening most of my running to allow my body to heal after a solid thirteen months of running every single day.

It appears to be working, I am less sore today than I was a week ago or even a few days ago.

After this short running break, I expect to be back at it starting Monday and will do a reasonably long effort on the trails next weekend and a 50 km trail run in ~ five weeks.

Financial independence thoughts

Consider putting away the laptop when you are setting goals and using pen and paper, as I did today.

You may be surprised at the number of new ideas that come to you and the creativity of those idea, as study after study suggests.

In a pursuit for financial independence, saving is more beneficial than earning extra income, as we noted in this post, yet we tend to want to always spend money thinking we need high-tech gadgets.

A quote I read this weekend in Meditations, by Marcus Aurelius, addressed how to deal with always craving things – in the referenced quote the craving was getting away. Marcus’ answer – Go within:

People try to get away from it all—to the country, to the beach, to the mountains … Which is idiotic: you can get away from it anytime you like. By going within. Nowhere you can go is more peaceful—more free of interruptions—than your own soul.

I find this relevant, as today people try to get away by going to facebook, google, instagram…At family gatherings, you can see multiple members of a family huddled around their phones, often texting each other when mere feet away.

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