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Thoughts on “Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life” Chapter 4 9/2/2012

For the next 7 weeks, starting on Monday 8/6, I am going to read a book called “Minimalism: Live A Meaningful Life” by Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. I am reading one chapter a week (as suggested) and see where I end up. I want to invite you to join me for the next 7 weeks if it sounds interesting to you. Post what jumps out at you, I would love to compare notes!

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Chapter 4 of Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life: Passions

Turning Your Passion into Your Mission

“If you want to learn how to turn your specific passion into your mission, the fastest, most efficient was to do so is to emulate someone who is already doing it.”
“Your assignment is to do the same thing; find at least three people who are making a living doing what you’re passionate about.”
“What’s important is that you find some people who are doing what you want to do and you learn from them, soaking up their knowledge and then taking massive action.”

****Light bulb moment for Jen: I need to do this! I need to find time to do this! I need to schedule doing this on my calendar or it will not happen!
“Hell yeah it’s easier said than done – we know because we’ve done all of these things ourselves in the last two years.”

“Of course it wasn’t easy, it took a lot of action to remove those anchors, it took a lot of courage to reject certain social imperatives so we could live meaningful lives. But it was worth it, and it’s worth it for you too – you deserve to love your mission, you deserve to live a meaningful life.”

****I am realizing more and more that there are very few people who are willing to do what it takes to life a meaningful life. IT IS HARD! It is hard to stay motivated. It is hard to stay disciplined. It is hard. But it is so worth it. John and I have not arrived, but we have made it to the point where we are seeing change. We are loving life more. Life is simpler, but better.

Keep going! Don’t give up!