Wise & Wealthy: Getting rich with stoicism and setting personal benchmarks

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#123 – May 6, 2024

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Wise: Personal benchmarks

Most people tend to either overestimate or underestimate themselves. We hardly ever have a well-rounded picture of our abilities.

Think about it: How often have you seen someone (or even yourself) claim to be good or bad at one thing, only to find that their result shows otherwise?

For example, you may think you’re a terrible public speaker, but when you actually give a presentation, people compliment you on your confidence and delivery. Or maybe you believe you’re an amazing cook, but your friends think it’s not that great.

This is because our personal benchmark often doesn’t match with reality.

And this can have both positive and negative effects on our lives.

When you overestimate yourself, you can get yourself into situations that are too challenging. But when you underestimate yourself, you will never challenge yourself enough.

More on why this matters in my new article.

↳ You’re Only as Good as Your Benchmark

Wealthy: Stoicism + wealth

Stoicism, an ancient Greek philosophy, is not just a guide for leading a virtuous and meaningful life; it can also be a roadmap to financial success.

Nearly all the prominent Stoics were well off, from the founder, Zeno, to the most prolific writer of the bunch, Seneca. In fact, you can argue that Stoicism was for wealthy people at the time.

This is why it’s such a popular philosophy today.

We have so many resources at our disposal that we don’t even know what to do with them. We live in a world where boredom is widespread.

Now, here’s the main concern with the pursuit of wealth. If your only reason to acquire money is so you can buy a fancier car, go on more luxury vacations, and wear better clothes, you’re missing the point.

I believe that Stoicism should (and must) be applied to money because, without a Stoic mindset, one will succumb to greed.

In my latest article, I’ll share a few ways you can get rich without getting greedy.

↳ Get Rich With Stoicism

One interesting thing

I’m currently reading Living Untethered by Michael A. Singer. It’s a book on living in the present moment. Singer has a great ability to make our mental suffering sound silly:

“There are no problems; there are just learning experiences. No matter what happens, you are becoming greater.”

So many of us have this tendency to make our problems bigger than they are. We get worked up every time life is hard. But it’s all a learning experience.

Thanks for reading! I hope you found this edition of Wise & Wealthy useful.

All the best,


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