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Fiology Lesson 43: FI-losophy - Stoicism


Fiology thanks The Happy Philosopher for shaping this lesson.

Stoicism is a practical philosophy that provides a way to think about how we interpret stimuli, both positive and negative, so that we can respond in a controlled and appropriate manner.

The process of saving and investing on the way to achieving Financial Independence can be fairly straight forward. We educate ourselves, we plan, we prepare, we take action, we tweak our plans, and repeat steps as necessary – all with the intent that at some point in the future our financial means is no longer an obstacle for our happiness. Anyone who has at least a few months of experience on this journey knows that success (happiness) doesn’t result simply from automating monthly Roth contributions. Life brings challenges that can, and often do, hinder or alter our progress. We tend to emphasize Mindfulness as a way to promote Happiness. Incorporating aspects of stoicism regularly can help us maintain a healthy and practical frame of mind that allows us to become happier people.

This lesson is a basic introduction in stoicism. For a deeper look, consider searching for books by Ryan Holiday and other writers found in the content.

Watch:  Stoicism in 6 Minutes  by Thought Monkey on YouTube

Read:  Stoicism on Wikipedia

Read:  What Is Stoicism? A Simple Definition & 10 Stoic Core Principles  by Nils and Jonas Salzgeber of

Listen:  #155 – Let Nothing Surprise You  by Simon Drew of

Read:  Stoicism 101  by Massimo Pigliucci of

Watch:  What is Stoicism?  by Ryan Holiday of on YouTube

Take Action: After reading 3 Practical and Effective Stoic Exercises From Marcus Aurelius, Seneca and Epictetus by Isaac Chanakira of, choose and complete at least one of the three exercises. Think of how and when you might incorporate this experience (and potentially other stoic practices) into your life.

Additional Resources:

Read:  What Is Stoicism? A Definition & 9 Stoic Exercises To Get You Started  by Ryan Holiday of

Read:  What is Stoicism and How Can it Turn your Life to Solid Gold?  by Pete Adeney of

Watch:  Stoicism as a philosophy for an ordinary life | Massimo Pigliucci | TEDxAthens by TEDx Talks on YouTube

Read:  Modern Stoicism: How to be a Stoic and Implement Stoic Teachings  by Sim of

Quote: “Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens.” – Epictetus is an educational resource designed to teach Financial Independence (FI). We scoured the internet to find content from the best and brightest of the FI community and created lessons covering the critical concepts.

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