How a Minimalist Lifestyle Can Work for You

Think a minimalist lifestyle isn’t for you?

Love your fancy car, your expensive suits and your gadgets too much?
Well, I invite you to think again.
You might realize that you’ve been coming at things the wrong way…

Working to live

Somewhere along the line, many of us have forgotten that we ‘work to live.’

Today, we ‘live to work’ and a large part of this is our drive to have more stuff and more status.

Why are you applying for higher positions in your current career?
Is it because you think you need more money?
Sure, more money might be nice.
But if you feel that you’re living beyond your means, then you may not have considered some of the other options available to you to solve that problem.
One example is simply to move into a smaller house.
Move into a smaller house, and you’ll have less space to store your things…
…but that will be the only downside!

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Meanwhile, on your current salary, you’ll have much less financial stress, you’ll have bigger savings, and you’ll be able to spend some money on things that matter to you!
Conversely, if you take that job, then suddenly you’re working longer hours, and you’re coming home a lot more stressed at 7 pm.
Sure, you can buy that fancy gadget… but do you have time to use it?
Why not get something similar on a lower salary by cutting back on the clutter you don’t need?

I must admit the concept of minimalism had little appeal to me.
But after reading The 100 Thing Challenge (How I Got Rid of Almost Everything, Remade My Life, and Regained My Soul) by Dave Bruno the idea of getting rid of stuff and critically reevaluating what I need (instead of what I want [often in the spur of a moment]) first struck a chord with me.

Achieve Your Goal of a Minimalist Lifestyle With These 5 Tips

Wish that life was a little simpler with a little less stress and more time to spend with your family?
You may be asking yourself, how to live a minimalist lifestyle?

Status versus fulfilment

A lot of people reading this might be protesting that they don’t work for the stuff.
Rather, they keep on increasing their responsibilities and salary at work because it brings them fulfillment and status.
Isn’t it great to be able to tell people you’re the CEO?
The manager?
Or just a high flying lawyer?

Sure, but

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For starters, status is an empty concept anyway.
Who are you proving yourself to?
Your parents?
Aren’t we beyond that yet?

Meanwhile, you could get just as much fulfillment – or more – from writing your own music, creating art, writing a novel, traveling the world or learning German.
But that would be your choice and your creation.

Why do people feel so proud to be the head honcho of a company that sells stationary?
Is that really what matters to you?

Or have you been misled…?

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Raymond has a masters degree in Economy and Clinical Psychology.
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