“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.”
― Bruce Lee
Having been famously said by Bruce Lee, this statement and philosophy can also be applied to minimalism and minimalist living. In the world of mixed martial arts and fighting, not adapting and innovating your game can have serious consequences, like being knocked out.
However the results from not implementing minimalism principles into your own lifestyle won’t end with you being knocked out in the octagon but it too has its unintended effects.
“Money doesn’t buy happiness.” Uh, do you live in America? ‘Cause it buys a WaveRunner. Have you ever seen a sad person on a WaveRunner? Have you? Seriously, have you? Try to frown on a WaveRunner. You can’t!
Money Can Buy Happiness
Well, that’s not entirely true. Research has shown the correlation between happiness and financial gain plateaus at $70,000. This means above $70,000 the reduction of negative emotions began to drop. You become less happy. Happiness can be bought but only to a certain extent.
It’s the friendships and relationships that you build that will determine your own happiness. The application of minimalism makes your endless grind at the cubicle worthwhile, makes it possible to live a life of your own choosing. A life of ultimate freedom if you are so inclined.
“Adapt what is useful.” Minimalism can be defined as living intentionally and consciously. Other ways that minimalism can be applied is by viewing it as a tool or a perspective that advocates, “Less is more.”
Minimalism, if practiced correctly can strip away all the bullshit, false promises and exposing a pathway to manifesting your own financial freedom and happiness.
“When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life.”
With companies spending millions each year on advertisement it’s not surprising that we have bought into their false promises. Time is the most valuable commodity that you own.
Most people spend their time working at jobs that they hate to buy things that they don’t need with the money that they don’t have. If you work at a job that you are passionate about and you don’t see yourself doing anything else than this article is probably not for you.
“Most people spend their time working at jobs that they hate to buy things that they don’t need with the money that they don’t have.”
Why do we do this? It comes from the belief that happiness is somehow connected to buying the newest and greatest, which as led to a population of mindless consumers instead of producers. This belief is the conditioning of the system, a system that promotes a false sense of success.
This has led to a standard definition of what success should look like. If you have this job, drive this car and wear this brand then you will be happy and successful. However, one definition can’t fit all because we are all uniquely and beautifully different from each other. We have different dreams and aspirations from one another.
“Reject what is useless.”
The pursuit of buying the newest and biggest has let us to feeling empty inside. It also has impacted the environment negatively. I am not saying that you should sell everything, move to India and become a celibate monk. You are the captain of your own ship and I don’t plan on trying to tell you what do you.
If you do plan on moving to India to become a celibate monk that’s great also! I am simply here to express my ideas in hopes to challenge your perspective. By reexamining the things that you own, you can begin to purge what is useless. Do you own those things or do they own you?
A Practical Guide To Minimalist Living
For readers who have made it this far, I salute you. I don’t claim to know it all, as I have borrowed ideas from books, documentaries and from other writers. Here are my own practical steps to minimalist living, which has led me to travel the world and immerse myself in the richness of exploration.
Keep, Sell, Donate Method
- Make a list of all the things that you own
- Divide the things into three categories
- Keep, Sell or Donate
- Just start selling, donating or keeping
- As simple as that
One Room Method
This method is a little more extreme but is more efficient.
- Put everything into one room of your house
- After one week you will see what you actually need
- Sell or donate the rest of the stuff you didn’t use
“Add What Is Specifically Your Own.”
Minimalism advocates for simplicity and multi-functionality, products that are durable and that bring value to your life. After you have stripped away all that useless crap, now you can slowly began to add what is specifically your own.
This is the part where you began to add tailored fit products for you own needs. With an empty house, now you have room to host a party, go on weekend trips into the mountains, learn an instrument or start a business. I don’t know what your passions are but now you have space and time to explore them.