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Live #08 Blog: Learning to Succeed Through “Minimalism” and Building Your Beliefs

The Success 101 Podcast-Live #08

“Learning to Succeed Through “Minimalism” and  Building Your Beliefs”

A few of the topics we discuss in episode #08:


  • Much of the inspiration for this post came from “The Minimalist”, book and movie, which was written by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus.


  • Minimalism is not just about giving up stuff, because that can be really stressful. It’s about giving up the things you think about and the things that control your time


  • Minimalism: The thing that gets us past the thing so you can spend more time on the most important things


  • QUOTE:  “At a time when people in the west are experiencing the best standard of living in history, why is it that at the same time there is such a longing for more? I think of that as a biologically based, delusional craving. That craving creates a disconnect you’re like a puppet whose strings are being pulled. We feel restless and always scratching and clawing for more. It’s why lottery winners are miserable. It’s why homeowners have three car garages. The first car creates an exponential rush of happiness and joy and the second car comes about because we tire of the first car and we are wired in society today to become dissatisfied. We are encouraged to maintain the addiction through technology and information. Americans have these blinders on. There’s definitely this illusion of what our lives should look like, whether its advertising or your Instagram or Facebook feed. It’s this illusion that our lives should be perfect and we feel that happiness often times comes from more stuff”


  • How can we use minimalism to get into “Deep Work”? Cal Newport (from his book, “Deep Work”) says this takes training like playing a guitar, and it doesn’t just come naturally. We must work at getting into a state of Deep Work, and getting distractions reduced or eliminated can help tremendously


  • Are you enslaved to your devices and sacrificing the important for the immediate?


  • You get a stimuli distraction when alerts and dings go off and it actually feels good


  • We are in a continuous fog of habitual, automatic behavior, and we are on the hunt/chase, which is making us miserable. We are filling the void with STUFF.


  • There is this delusion, based on advertising, that we are supposed to live certain lives, that we were never meant to live.


  • It is critical that we recognize this for what it is and how it is effecting us.


  • The “American dream” started out with the idea of “opportunity” and that has morphed into “materialism”.


  •  We have 3 times the space per person in the US that we did in the 1950’s, but now we have stuff on top of stuff. This has created a 2.2 billion square foot storage industry.


  •  If your phone is on vibrate in your pocket you will be pulled away from what you are doing every time you have a little ding or alert, and that little interruption will absolutely pull you away from what you are doing and your focus. We are so accustomed to these vibrations, that we even feel it whenever there is no phone in our pocket. The truth is our entire lives are being hindered by the vibration, and we are not getting into a clear mental state to enjoy good things around us, and this is driving us crazy whether we want to admit it or not.


  • Only 3.1% of the world’s children live in America, but they generate 40% of the world’s toy makers’ revenue


  • The average American spends 8 years of their life shopping


  • Research shows that once you make an income of  $75,000, your happiness is diminished with each dollar you make above that amount. This is mainly because at that income level, you have provided for health care costs, food, shelter, and the necessary items that you don’t have to worry so much about. However, if you make only $30,000, more income actually makes you a little bit happier (content), because now you don’t have to worry so much about the essentials. Levels above $75,000 or more of annual income does not equal more happiness research has shown time and time again. 


  • It’s crazy to think about the word “priority” wasn’t plural until the 20th century. There was the word “priority” and now we have made it “priorities”, and Greg McKeown talks about this in his book “Essentialism”.


  • Your brain is processing 11 million bits of data each time you try to process your surroundings, However, by the time those thoughts filter down into your conscious action taking ability processing, you are only processing about 40 to 50 bits of information at the most. We are way too bombarded by noise and making the brain have to process even more than is automatically happening, just based on the noise alone.


  • Don’t think about minimalism as this crazy idea that you can’t get on board with. Minimalism to you could mean different things than what it means to others. Even getting your calendar scaled down so that you get the most important things during the day built into your calendar (thinking, meditating, or resting) could be essential for you this year to making more progress and finding success. Calendar management and design is a great form of minimalism that I think anyone can get on board with. 




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Live Episode #08 References:

“Essentialism” by Greg McKeown:

 “Minimalism” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus:

 “48 Days to the Work You Love” by Dan Miller:

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