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I’m a Minimalist… So, Why am I Worried About Money?

Minimalism! What a concept! I just realized that the term "Minimalist" might just describe my natural drive to separate myself from the unnecessary.  Not just clutter on bookshelves, but fundamental things. Big things. I made a list of some of the biggies that I...
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Caring

Sitting in a Chicago cafe looking out the window at a young man sweeping the sidewalk. He's getting each and every tiny piece of trash and cigarette butt out of each crack with his small, black broom to get every tiny crumb and fragment of paper. I'm impressed by both...
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Location, Location, Location – Are You Paying Too Much For Your Life?

Let me ask you a question: What's it like where you live? Does where you live inspire you? Why are why not? I thought about this when I heard Steven Chou from MyWifeQuitHerJob.com talking about helping his audience make an extra $1000. "There's a lot of people out...
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Finalizing a Rough Draft Life

It occurred to me that I'm a Rough Draft guy than a Final Draft type. I'm someone who prefers thinking of himself as an idea guy, a concept person but who has trouble digging down to the details. For example, I've come back to edit this post and others months after I...
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Work Sets You Free

Work Sets You FreeWorried about the future, bummed about your past? Will the next check make its way into your account? Get into your work. All those worries will disappear.

That’s it. It’s great advice. This is the most magical thing I know about work. And it’s a great realization that a bunch of independent sources arrive at on their own. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, in his book Flow describes a state where the individual becomes so engrossed in his task that he loses himself. Time slips away, physical needs like hunger are forgotten about and the individual sort of floats in a state of bliss while the daily struggles disappear as if of no consequence and fall away. In his powerful book The Power of Now, Eckhart Tolle describes a similar situation where the individual who truly lives in the here and now is able to let go of the nagging past and future. read more…

Write Your Big Idea

Write your big idea.You’re sitting in your evening traffic jam and the idea hits you! By time you get home and try explaining it, it’s gone. Mowing the lawn, same thing. Waking up from a dream, same thing. What had the power and impact as a fantastic, perhaps even life changing idea somehow loses it’s strength even after a few minutes.  You try telling it to a friend, and it just fizzles. Where’d it go?

Write one true sentence. read more…

Choose Work Carefully – One Size Fits None

Missed OpportunityThe cashier refuses to let you have it your way, avoiding your eyes she points to the clock and says: It’s after eleven and we have to stop serving it that way at eleven. Or some other ridiculous claim. She doesn’t love her job. She doesn’t think about better ways to serve. When she clocks out she is physically gone, but her mind and heart were never there in the first place.

Whether you’re a frustrated dancer doing time in a fast-food restaurant or an art-school reject causing global havoc leading a Nazi army of fellow discontents, so much wasted energy can be better directed if only we choose to inhabit the place we truly yearn to be. read more…

More A Step Of Faith Than A Leap Of Faith

Step Of FaithFeel like taking a leap of faith? You’re watching a trapeze artist a hundred feet above you doing flips, catches, releases and all sorts of amazing feats. And you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with inspiration. As you study him you’re sure you actually can feel how he does it, your stomach sinking as he pulls himself up and summersaults in the air before catching the next trapeze that he has synchronized to meet him just as he dives at what was only a second before empty, deadly air.

You feel it, and so you step down from your seat in the bleachers. Walk purposefully across the dirt floor of the arena. Climb the narrow ladder a hundred steps up to the tiny plank that steps out above one-hundred feet of emptiness above the astonished crowd.  You’re a little surprised that your hands aren’t even sweating as your reach out to grasp the chalk-powdered bar hanging above you. You take a deep breath, jump to gain momentum and out you go. You trust your inclination to take that leap of faith. You reach the top of your swing’s arc and… Release! read more…

Dealing with Depression: Double Down When You’re In The Doldrums

Double DownThe phone hasn’t rung with new business in days… or has it been weeks?  The visits to your website are down. The few customers who come through the door seem to have nothing to offer you but complaints. Home life isn’t much better. Where is the quality life you’re supposed to be living? You’re yelling at the kids. The dog’s run away. You’re in a rut.

It is human to have periods of depression. And by “depression” I simply mean a feeling that our life is not under our control.  Some call it a sinking feeling.  A power greater than us seems to pull us down and we fight it. It is the panic of a swimmer being held down by the current. We all have depression but how we are dealing with depression makes a difference in whether we emerge from it stronger or weaker.

I think of three lessons I’ve learned for the times when things aren’t what you’d hoped and they don’t seem to be getting any better. read more…

Constructing Your New Identity on the Web

Your New IdentityThe virtual storefront! Wow! What a concept!  Who ever thought we’d see a day when having a internet address would make a business as legitimate as having an actual physical street address.  And already there is a generation among us who have never known a world without a functioning internet.  To them, the priority is already leaning toward an internet identity if a physical storefront is too expensive or even unnecessary. read more…

Observations of Work and Life Without the Grind

No 9-5 GrindI haven’t written blog entries in a while. The reason, plain and simple, is that since its inception, this blog has been about pursuing the longing to take back my life from the 9 to 5 grind – focusing on the anticipation of readying myself to take the leap to a more self-directed mode of employment.  But, 5 months ago I did take that leap. Or, maybe it was actually a year ago when I left a steady job for a contracting gig.  Then after that gig was over I decided never again to go back to working a job where I go into the office every day.   read more…

5 Steps for Sawing My Assistant in Half, Quitting My 100K Job (And Other Seemingly Death-Defying Tricks)

A Day On TricksEvery conjurer worth his weight, every blogger of minimalism, has a certain repertoire. Certain tricks that are expected to have been mastered within a practitioner’s oeuvre that must be performed with a certain dash of flair that separates the practitioner of the seemingly impossible standing before you from the hacks who know a few slights of hand, distractions meant to keep you mesmerized long enough for them to grab for your money without you even realizing it’s gone.

We as spectators of magic tricks and real-world transcendentalism are secretly hoping that (in both cases) people can truly float above the ground that pulls them to it, that dollars seemingly torn, cut, burned and otherwise defiled can manage to reconstitute, that where before we thought we needed more we can actually survive and even thrive with what before seemed impossibly less. read more…

Defending The Hustle

Defending the HustleYou go to a strip bar and talk to the strippers. Every one of them is just passing through on their way to a better place. It’s a cliche.

And maybe it’s easy to cop an attitude of superiority because no matter how bad your own life is going they will feign an interest in you.  They’re easy. “Yeah, right, she’s going to school to be an attorney.” But, look around. Everybody’s got some dream that in their more exposed moments they might share with you. And strippers are just exposed to the naive observer, opened up, naked, but they’re actually safe behind a mask, under the unnatural light, late at night, maybe in a different town, safe behind a stage name. read more…

Wikileaks and True Democracy

True DemocracyI have been thoroughly enjoying the ways both the political and media establishments have been thrown off balance by the recent releases by Wikileaks which at first glance doesn’t seem to contain much substance or firepower.

So, our dignitaries and heads of state are calling each other names, making fun of each other’s escapades and character flaws on the taxpayer dime. There was even a few references by outwardly restrained government representatives about being at their wits end with badly behaving nations such as Iran. read more…

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