You can achieve inner success by concentrating on what you can control and influence and ignoring anything that we can’t. Essentially it means controlling our inputs and not our outputs. If you can do this consistently, you can attain ataraxia – tranquility of the soul. External events that are out of control cannot really affect your inner state of being.

This I can accept.

The entire basis of FIRE and FU Money is to employ an unnaturally high savings rate at the present so that one can be inured to events like illness and retrenchment in the future. Dividends investing through rigorous savings is the financial manifestation of Stoic philosophy.

The harder component of this chapter focuses on eschewing external gains and going straight to inner satisfaction.

This, I can say that I currently lack the maturity to practice in my life.

I get my internal satisfaction from external validation. …