As you may have noticed if you visit often, The Stoic Investor has a slightly different look. Not too drastic of a change, but a different theme keeping with the original desire to keep the place “basic” in presentation, but deep in substance. I fear the former has been much easier to accomplish than the latter…
The same header photo is used, which is a picture I took looking out over the Dead Sea during a sunset while spending some time in Jordan a few years ago.
You may notice a category menu to the right that will allow you to navigate The Stoic’s thoughts based on your interests. I realized that greater than 95% of the posts weren’t categorized and the only way of navigating was through the archives. Basically there are three main “themes” that have grown from this writing experiment and coincide with three periods of time:
- 2012-2013– This period is while I was still overseas and ended right around the time I purchased my house. It is mostly focused on investing and you will find much of my thoughts and investment activity under this category.
- mid-2013-2014– This reflects the time leading up to my purchase of my house and much of my thoughts on real estate investing as well as play-by-play on the various rehab projects I’ve worked on. You can find material related to real estate investing and DIY projects along with costs of each project under the category real estate.
- 2012-2014– Scattered throughout you will find various philosophical musings, many more concentrated during the latter part of 2014. These writing lay at the very heart of my being. They are the ends to which all economic means take us; the ability to live “good lives”. For a sample of these writings, look under the category philosophy.
While doing a bit of housekeeping on The Stoic’s virtual home I found a paragraph written a couple of years ago that is still in alignment with my thinking of today and I want to share it with you again here:
“Independence is not something one has; it is something one is.” Jacob Fisker
This sentence is like a dagger to the heart, it penetrates so deeply and completely to leave the landscape of ones soul thoroughly changed. I’ve been going about it all wrong. I’ve been thinking of my freedom/independence as something I could possess or a destination in time I would someday arrive at, but that’s not it. Instead it is what one is and that is powerful stuff. For it’s not x amount of an investment balance or some passive income stream that will support you forever and ever. No, it’s being so independent that one is less and less in need of such things and that is an entirely different conception of independence. It is being independent vs. having independence.
Hope you guys are having a great weekend and well on your way to discovering the independence that already lies within you, even if it now lies dormant.
The above still echoes true today. What I feel I’ve been most successful with lately is not the accumulation of monetary assets, but the accumulation of skills and modes of thinking that make me even less dependent on the need for such assets. This is nice, because there are things I’ve put into place this year (self-employment) that I think will bear fruit in 2015. I don’t know if there is a better place to be financially than having your monetary resources grow while your need for them decreases.