Category Archives: Minimalism

The Yin & Yang of Business Success

There is the Tao, which is the way…

It is the way of everything, and yin and yang constitute it.

All things in life move and mesh and complement each other…

There is pushing and shoving, there is accepting and taking…

This philosophy has served me well in life and I continue to think about how this applies to business.

The older I get, and the more I look at success in the world, the more I realize that successful people are two things. They are either lucky, or very insightful to the inner workings of the world, or both…

Take Mark Zuckerberg for instance.

In any other day and age, Facebook wouldn’t exist, and who knows what Mark would be doing.

Mark didn’t make Facebook happen. The people that helped him form his idea didn’t make it happen. The people that helped him start the company didn’t make it happened.

It happened because of everyone. It happened because history was taking us in that direction whether we wanted it to or not. It happened because, if I may utter the word, it was destined to happen.

A lot of things are this way, and I might argue that everything is this way.

It is worthwhile to pay attention to the way things are headed. This is where you can meet with success.

If I may use the analogy. You can either walk beside the river or jump into it. Preferably with a boat of some sort.

Mark jumped into the river, survived Niagara Falls, crossed the ocean, and emerged on the other side a success.

It is up to you to realize that the stream moves faster then you can walk or run. And it’s up to you to find or make your boat.

This is an exercise in thinking about what success is. It is food for thought.

There are no secrets to success. Only people who observed and practiced success, or the lucky ones who fell into the river and survived.

What do you think makes success? I would love to hear your ideas.

Shout Out To Jacob @ Early Retirement Extreme

I’ve been reading Jacob’s blog for awhile and this is a guy who is living the life.

At the age of 33 he retired by using a combination of working hard, living extremely frugally (by American standards), and investing wisely.

His blog is full of great wisdom and advice on the above subjects.

Perhaps most people won’t ever aspire to live exactly like him (he doesn’t expect that), but I think we could all benefit from moving in that direction.

In any case, the reason I am writing this today is to let you know he just got his first book published today. I obviously haven’t read it yet, but I am sure it will be just as great as the blog. Here is the link…

The ERE Book Has Been Published!

UPDATE: I’ve read the book and it’s great… Early Retirement Extreme Review

Minimalism is Hard Work

Downsizing is hard work…

It takes time, effort, energy, and some foresight…

Don’t give up…

The results are worth it…