I want to touch on this subject once more – minimalism – because its troubling me, and if I’m honest with myself – its something that has troubled me for many many years.
I don’t want to bore the pants off you. After all, this blog was originally set up as a “make money online” type blog. But I did change the domain name over from Affordable SEO Tips to the current name because I wanted to discuss much more about life in general.
After all, some people dream about achieving a life style like mine and I can understand exactly why – my life is a MASSIVE improvement on what it was and has been over the past 10 years or so. I have a great life now.
No boss to answer to other than myself (I’m a hard task-master however). No precise time schedule when I have to “work”. Living in the tropics of Malaysia brings with it a sense of joy and fulfilment on a daily basis. And yes – I can sit by the outdoor pool every day of the week whilst I work online. I doubt I’d get much done and I’d sweat me knackers off, but I’m sure you understand the principle.
But there is still something that bothers me most days – this constant push for more.
The fact is, I know I can make a truck load more money than I am doing right now, but something is holding me back.
I don’t want to have to push myself to do things that I don’t want to do. If I were to go down that route, then surely I’d be sacrificing some of the quality I’ve achieved in my life, in return for quantity. That’s open to debate though. Its possible to gain more of a passive income model.
But on the other hand, if I don’t make enough money each month, then does my quality of life suffer?
Hmmm… how to determine a quality life?
Most of us think that having a very high level of income provides for quality.
Sometimes you have to question this, and I’m sure you do. In fact, more than sometimes questions have to be asked.
If you are sacrificing your time and not enjoying what you do in order to make more money, how can this be a good return on investment?
Fine – you can buy your Porsche or Ferrari, or go more holidays abroad each year, or eat out more often in expensive restaurants, or smoke fatter cigars that hail from Cuba, or drink Piper Heidseck champagne every day. But will all this bring ultimate fulfilment and will you be looking for more besides, even after you achieve all this?
Does living in a place like Monaco for example, really bring with it a sense of true well-being and sheer fulfilment?
Where does this desire for more ever end? Will it ever end? How to end it? It seems to me its self destructive unless its harnessed tightly in some fashion.
I sure don’t have all the answers here.
The odd thing is, in the past, I would have picked up a book about “how to make more money” (doing things that are totally out-with your comfort zone and you hate) and read it cover to cover.
Now however, I suspect I’d be more settled on picking up a book on “how to live a better life with less whilst doing only the things you love doing“.
I think one way to achieve what we need most in life is to surround ourselves with like-minded people. But somehow I don’t feel a desire to go and live a minimalist lifestyle in a hippie camp or surrounded by monks.
As a final thought, I received an email today from a friend who quoted a passage from Everett Bogue’s blog.
I’ve underlined the bits that I found really appealing and broadened out the passage a little with my own input in brackets…
WHY YOUR STUFF IS HOLDING YOUR BUSINESS BACK
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