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I own 42 Material possessions. I’m a Minimalist, and It’s Motivational

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  1. JK2005

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    Not many people on BHW know me, so let me introduce myself. I'm Joe from South Florida. Nice to meet you all if I haven't already.



    Whew. Got that out of the way.


    I was reading through "Sherbet Hoover's Ultimate Thread" yesterday and He touched upon the Topic of Minimalism. I felt I needed to share some the ways minimalism can literally make your life Simple. I may rant, It may not make sense, and I might sound like a complete idiot, but I'm writing on the fly and wanted to get this out there.




    Introduction


    First, let me share my story. Until about 3 years ago I was a professional poker player. Being in a poker room or tournament venue every day meant cash was always coming in and going out. As a result of this, I developed bad spending habits and clutter. Then one day I, and I don't know why, I took a step back and assessed my life. I asked myself, "Is this the life I want to live?"


    I decided I was going to change. I sold everything I owned and turned my personal inventory into a list i could remember on the top of my head.


    "Why did I do this?" you ask. Well, I felt like i was trapped in my life and couldn't do anything without the weight of everything I own with me.


    It took me 13 months to part with everything, but i did it, and now I live with 42 Material Possessions. I couldn't be happier, There is nothing material that I need, I don't think about money, and I travel the world.


    Minimalistic Mind frame


    The Minimalistic Mind frame, I believe, is the core to being a minimalist, and it starts with removing unnecessary wants from your life. I don't want a new car, I don't want the latest and greatest gaming console (Don't get me wrong I could play Call of Duty all day long). I could but it't not my focus. I've trained myself to only want things that better my success. Why do I have an iPhone 6S Plus? I feel it is a tool that helps me out on a daily basis. Putting your goals first in your decision making helps slim down your life a lot because if you really think about it, The list of tools needed to help you achieve your goals in any business, Whether online of offline, is going to be quite small.


    Minimalistic Goal Setting


    Another important aspect of the minimalistic mind frame is how you approach the task of setting goals. When I was playing poker everyday my goals were simple, study my opponents, finding weaknesses, and exploiting them. The other goal I had was playing 50-60 Live hours per week to keep my mind sharp. I never set a monetary goal at any level. with Physical or, in my case, mental improvement, your skills with generate income.


    Lets go back to gaming for an example... Take Call of Duty for instance. The goal is to increase skill and level up and gain XP points. With Skill and Leveling up, You are generating XP Points (or for this example, Call of Duty Currency).


    Its that simple. Play Internet Marketing like a game. Study your opponents, increase your skills, and capitalize when you can. Don't think about "How can I make $100 a day?" Think about "How can I get more visitors to my site?", "What other Products can I offer?", "How can I get repeat business?". This questions all lead to leveling up your skills. If you just think about getting money, you're not going anywhere.


    Tired of playing the same Game? Try a new game. Switch from one method to another. Having skills in multiple areas makes you a well rounded marketer.


    Keep it Simple. One goal at a time, working towards your main goal.




    Minimalistic Living


    I can't tell you how to live, but I can share how I've simplified my life.


    What am I wearing today?

    The first shirt and shorts I grab, because they all match



    What am I working on today?

    The last of tasks I organized before I went to bed last night.



    Are you going to have any fun today?

    Yeah, I live in Thailand now and I'm going to meet up with some new friends for dinner.



    Are you happy?

    Of course, I don't have anything, to stress about. I may not have a million dollars, but if I stick to my planned goals and timeline I will be able to support myself for as long as I want.



    Don't you want a new iPad Pro or that shiny new widget over there?

    Nope. I don't feel the need to spend on things that don't better my success.



    Whats your plan in life?

    Hmmm, Besides work related things.... I don't know, I'll choose what I do when the time comes that I want to change something else.





    Getting Rid of Distractions


    The first part of getting rid of distractions is identifying them. If you spend 3-4 hours a day on personal Facebook while you're planning on working, thats a distraction. If you're answering your friend's text messages while you're working, thats a distraction. Try putting your phone on silent or Do Not Disturb mode, Sign out of your personal Facebook while you're working. Put the game console in the other room if you have one. One of the biggest things that helped me stay focused is getting out my office to work. Go sit at a coffee shop for 6 hours (be sure to buy something or tip them well. You are using their facilities). Take only the things that you need for the current task of the day, and forget everything else. that way you won't get distracted.


    Another way of staying focused is to set a bed time and stick with it. I know your not 5 years old anymore and, mom and dad can't set a bed time for you. Set one for yourself, and find out how much sleep you need to function properly. it might take a week or two to get into routine and find that number, but stick to it.


    If you plan on going to sleep at 11 PM every night make sure you allot time to make your list of achievements for the next day. That way you know what your working on and you won't be distracted by the age old questions "What should I do today"




    I rambled on about a bunch of stuff here and I'm even ready to throw out a TL;DR on my editing, but I think I motivated myself enough to pack my bag and move on to the next place!
     
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  2. primechecker

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    At least some useful post, which is a bit different.
    I have also a different approach to life and how to live. We focus way too much on money and on abstract things but we forget the most important and basic things in life, which really matter.
    Focusing on abstract things detached from the real laws of nature is something which is really destructive and counter-productive, because if you want to achieve something, but you don't understand the (absolute) laws of the world or simply go against them, it is completely random if you achieve the goal. Most of the time it will not work out and it can end in catastrophes like the financial crisis, bloody wars, destruction of the base of life. For instance: Understanding how to make money, but not understand the basic principles of life can be really harmful.
    If you will destroy the nature and the base of life, ignoring the basic principles of life, it can bite you in the tail. But if you instead treat the nature and its laws respectful, you will be rewarded in the end. So it is all about truth and knowledge, and actually cooperating with this laws.

    One thinking is that we actually possess nothing. Many people don't understand that but it is true. We only are creatures living on the planet and using the resources for our living. But we don't possess them.
    Having millions and millions of dollars means nothing in the end facing death. This recognized also Steve Jobs I guess, who was all about money. But maybe that is a false assumption from me. But also in life, it doesn't mean much because we are finite things. We are all equally accomplishing nothing. It is only our wish to accomplish something. The world will only continue furthermore with or without us, and we are only cogs in the machine.

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    I have also differentiated thought regarding distractions and focusing on 1 goal. For accomplishing 1 task and 1 goal, it is quite good to get rid of all distractions. But I have also a different approach here. The problem with focusing on 1 goal is focusing on 1 goal. You can't be sure if it will be the best thing to do. It is absolutely possible, that there are much better things to do and options. You wouldn't even recognize if you completely shut down all your distractions or side paths. And overall, why we even need to focus so much on 1 goal? That is something many people say, but there is no real reason for that. So we need to differentiate more. I think there are still too many people who are completely into 1 or 2 things, but completely missing other parts. So they are geeks in the end. We need to understand that different paths might also give us great opportunities to make us a better person and give us a broader horizon of knowledge and understanding.

    For instance: I am writing this text, which has nothing really to do with my goal of "making money" and I don't even would know if it would support me by any means, but it is still something worth for me because I may broaden my horizon this way and find new things, I didn't consider before. The life is for me a search for things, I don't even know how they play out, a search for something "Incredible", I never could notice or experience if I only would focus on 1 path.
     
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  3. JK2005

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    I can completely agree with this, and let me elaborate a bit on my original thought.

    The goals I make tend to be short, and quickly achievable. I'll make a goal on a Monday and complete it within a few days or weeks depending on the task (success or failure). these are daily goals. It either works or it doesn't and it keeps my mind moving onto the next thing. Yes I have long term goals, and an overall plan, but the details of that goal are made and the short term.

    Shutting out my distractions don't close my options. If i am looking for tips and tricks to achieve my goals and I come across something i wasn't looking for, I surely pursue it along side my current goal. Also, I do plenty of things that don't lead to accomplishing goals. For instance: Today I went to an Elephant Park. Pure Fun. I just cut out the constant need to be distraction. I cut out the Availability of distraction. I do surely Explore my horizons and venture to new and better things constantly.
     
  4. Seowett

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    Thats the problem with this lifestyle, people who are doing this have most likely no "idea" of their future... they only live into the day and have some projects here and there.

    Its nice for some short periods ( 1-3 years ) , but not for a lifetime IMO.


    But if it makes you happy stay with it :)
     
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    It depends on how you plan to live your life, I have some minimal material possessions as well, but I'm also trying to live quite decent. I shifted from buying useless stuff to what makes sense in my life such as economic/business books and have a long term effect.
     
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    thats the better way yes.
     
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    Minimalist has never been something I could do. Material possessions have always been just that to me, material. Material I can acquire again. To each his own though, what makes you happy and content with your life should be what you do and how you live.
     
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    Have thought about this many times.
    I like the idea of stripping back to the bare minimum (AMEX Black Card?) but it is hard with a family.
    I think for most people they need to find a balance, don't let your possessions hold you back.
     
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    I have thought something along the same lines and need to follow this approach ASAP!
     
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    I'm going to agree, and disagree with you here.

    I agree that some people who are in my position (Living Out of a backpacking a remote location) do not have plan. They may or may not have steady work. Not all people though. I have projects that aren't going anywhere. I'm constantly working on them and improving them, and will continue to until I want to be done with them.

    For me, I do have long term plans, and although they still include living abroad, they also include having a family, owning homes, etc. What they don't include is obsessing over materialist items for my homes or family.

    The summarization of what I'm saying is basically, I don't work for money or to "buy XXXXXX". I work on what i enjoy and my skill at doing so provides for me.

    This is exactly the thought. It's rare for people to go extreme and that is not what I'm trying to get across.

    It is hard with family. Luckily i was in a position where i could do extreme minimalism. It's all about priorities. If someone (and i'm not saying you) wants to become more minimalistic, It can be as simple as changing your thought process on wants and needs.

    For instance: there are many people who make... lets say $2500 a month, and have lets say $800 a month after expenses. They see that $800 and think to themselves "Oh i can afford to have a car payment of $500 per month." But now they have a car and they want something else next month. New Phone, Boat, Motorcycle. The wants pile on, and then people are mapping out when they can make their next purchase based on their income. They are now living above their means because they let materialism get them.

    This is just a small scale, but even if you take someone who makes 50,000 a month it could be the same pattern.
     
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    I have more stuff on my table right now than you own...
    Not saying this because I'm proud of it or because it defines me - I would love to live a more minimalist life but as a father of three you gotta settle and then stuff starts piling up :)
     
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    This sounds like my dad. You can't even see the top of his table. :whee:

    But yes, I agree, settling is a must at some point!
     
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    I've read through all of it again and I made a similar transition a few years ago. Made big bank online and started to turn into a 'consumer' which is completely contrair to my personal beliefs. Back then it was just me and my girl, so I sold most of what I had and moved to another (tropical) country with her. While we have a lot of stuff (naturally comes when settling down and a household) I still refrain of getting the 'newest gadgets' or other expensive and unnecessary stuff. My wife is different and very materialistic. It's not as bad as it was before, but she's clearly not a good role model to the kids when it comes to spending money.

    I also never bought anything on credit, because interest rate is the evil ;)
     
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    Dude, which one of your 42 items do you scrub your balls with?
     
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    So you only have 1 T-shirt?
     
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    Is one of your possessions a house or are you crashing in a van down by the river ?
     
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    The Macbook. Do you not have a ball-scrubbing laptop? Get on the next level bro.

    OP, good guide. As WD40SSN said, having a family makes things more difficult, especially when that family member(s) isn't fond of the minimalist mindset, but for a single guy like yourself, it's a great way to live.

    Best of luck to your future traveling endeavors.
     
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    Good sharing. They call it 'minimalism' in the western culture, and eastern religions like Hinduism and Buddhism call it 'detachment'. Detachment is the secret to freedom and happiness. Good to see that you've realized it. Good luck in your journey !
     
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    My girlfriend also likes "shiny new things" as she likes to call them. I do have credit cards and I do use them. But luckily i can pay them every month in full and acquire points.

    LMFAO. The condo I'm currently renting is luckily furnished and serviced, so if i don't have a small towel, I'll use one of those lathery puff ball things. And i don't count that in my 42 items.

    because i don't care....My 42 items include:

    2 pairs of gym shorts
    2 gym shirts
    3 pairs of shorts
    3 T-shirts
    2 polo shirts
    1 pair of jeans
    1 belt
    5 pairs of boxers
    3 pairs of socks
    2 pairs of shoes
    1 pair of sandals
    2 backpacks
    1 Anker Charging bank

    1 lightning cable
    1 iPhone 6S Plus
    1 MacBook Pro
    1 MacBook Pro 85w power adapter
    1 MacBook Pro sleeve
    1 Bose SoundLink Color
    1 Xiaomi Mi Wifi repeater
    1 Western Digital My Passport External HDD
    1 electric razor/trimmer
    1 toothbrush
    1 Pair of sunglasses
    1 Wallet
    1 Passport

    1 Deck of Playing cards (Because you never know when High card will settle a dispute)


    LOL, I have 3 t-shirts and 2 additional Dry fit Gyms Tees if i run out.

    I rent a small studio apartment, Lightly Furnished. haha
     
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    That's really something man. If you can live that way, awesome. I think I can't.
     
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