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“Adding value to someone else’s life is one of the most important things you can do with your life, and it has nothing to do with money.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Happiness, as far as we are concerned, is achieved through living a meaningful life, a life that is filled with passion and freedom, a life in which we can grow as individuals and contribute to other people in meaningful ways. Growth and contribution: those are the bedrocks of happiness. Not stuff. This may not sound sexy or marketable or sellable, but it’s the cold truth. Humans are happy if we are growing as individuals and if we are contributing beyond ourselves. Without growth, and without a deliberate effort to help others, we are just slaves to cultural expectations, ensnared by the trappings of money and power and status and perceived success.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“The most important reason to live in the moment is nothing lasts forever. Enjoy the moment while it’s in front of you. Be present. Accept life for what it is: a finite span of time with infinite possibilities.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“People will judge. Let them. Judgment is but a mirror reflecting the insecurities of the person who’s doing the judging.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Go without. This option is almost taboo in our culture. It seems radical to many people. Why would I go without when I could just buy a new one? Often this option is the best option, though. When we go without, it forces us to question our stuff, it forces us to discover whether or not we need it—and sometimes we discover life without it is actually better than before.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“It’s liberating to not have a TV. Television sucks so much life out of our lives. It takes our money, our time, our attention, our awareness, our freedom, our relationships, and our creativity. And in return it gives us a little entertainment, it pacifies us for the moment. For many of us it’s our drug of choice.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Busywork works well for factories, robots, and fascism, but not so great for anyone who’s attempting to do something worthwhile with their waking hours.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Minimalists don’t focus on having less, less, less. Rather, we focus on making room for more, more, more: more time, more passion, more experiences, more growth, more contribution, more contentment—and more freedom. It just so happens that clearing the clutter from life’s path helps us make that room.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“I am so much more. I am who I am on the inside. I do amazing things, yet I am imperfect. I accomplish incredible feats, yet I make mistakes. I am a caring person, yet I forget about important things from time to time. I am proud of who I am as a person, yet I make bad decisions sometimes. I am a human being, a mixed bag. I am just like you.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“If we are constantly consuming, then we are not creating.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“People work hard for two reasons: they are externally inspired, or they are internally motivated. Sometimes it’s a combination of both.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“For me, there isn’t an online self and a real-life self these days—just myself. Whether I write something online, speak to a crowd of people, or have a one-on-one conversation with a friend, my life is congruent.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“peripatetic—I”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Unhealthy equals depression. Yes, if you’re unhealthy, statistics show you’re likely depressed. If you can’t enjoy life, no matter how wealthy you are, then you’re broke in a different way: you’re broken. The richest man in the graveyard might have the most lavish tombstone, but he’s still dead.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Happiness + Constant Improvement + Contribution = Success.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“A ROLEX WON'T GIVE YOU MORE TIME”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“The shortest path toward freedom is appreciating what you already have. One of the best ways to find gratitude for the gifts you’ve already been given is to change your perspective.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Millions of years of hominid evolution have not prepared us for Instagram.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Humans are happy if we are growing as individuals and if we are contributing beyond ourselves. Without growth, and without a deliberate effort to help others, we are just slaves to cultural expectations, ensnared by the trappings of money and power and status and perceived success.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Rather, it’s a question I should ask myself: What would the best version of me do in this situation? Likewise, what would the best version of you do? What would Chris do? What would Katie do? What would your best self do?”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“A better life is waiting on the other side of jealousy.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“The decisions we make today are not evanescent: our current decisions, even the small ones, influence our future selves.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“never leave the scene of a good idea without taking action.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Black coffee is a synecdoche for life: when you eliminate the excess—when you deliberately avoid life’s empty calories—what remains is exponentially more delicious, more enjoyable, more worthwhile. It might be a bitter shock at first; but, much like coffee, a meaningful life is an acquired taste. Sip slowly and enjoy.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“minimalism is not about deprivation: it’s about finding more value in the stuff you own. Minimalists do this by removing the superfluous, keeping only the possessions that serve a purpose or bring joy. Everything else goes by the wayside.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“An extraordinary life—a life to be proud of—is a decision. Not a single decision, but a myriad of little decisions each day. Daily decisions about money and health and passion and contribution. One day at a time.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“If your material possessions don’t bring you joy, then they are likely in the way of a more intentional life.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“If the past equaled the future, then your windshield would be of no use to you; you would simply drive your car with your eyes glued to the rearview mirror.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Busywork works well for factories, robots, and fascism.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays
“Ultimately, though, organizing is nothing more than well-planned hoarding.”
Joshua Fields Millburn, Minimalism: Essential Essays

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