inspired by The Minimalists

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I love minimalism, simplicity, cleanliness. Cutting down possessions, sticking to the essentials, and focusing on the value versus volume. Quality over quantity.
Listening to The Minimalists helps me appreciate and notice the small things. Pleasant greenery of the plants, the wine’s aroma, the spirituality of the incense. Beauty of a clean road. Blessing of a nice sunny day. Amazingness of life. Owning less is having more.

It’s nice to be a writer. Expressing oneself through a written word can leave a long-lasting dent in the universe. I want to leave a positive one. Some wisdom I’ve acquired through thousands of hours of studying life, health, sports, business, people, relationships, spirituality, mindfulness, …
Millions of words written down in my daily essays, I need to filter that into a book. NaNoWriMo is a nice time to play this game, but I don’t need to limit myself. I can keep writing, get the wireframe out there. Then I can cut away, and shape it into a readable format. Publish.

Another thought that came to my mind today, is that there’s no need to wait for some life-altering event to happen before making a big life change.
You don’t need to wait to get terminally ill, or lose a loved one, or your job, or just being abandoned by a partner.
No, you can have a perfectly fine life, and start improving it. Change your diet before you’re severely obese. Quit smoking before you get diagnosed with cancer. Move more before your first heart attack. Start saving before getting bankrupt. Tend to your hobbies before losing your job.
There is no need to give out this impression that something big must go down before you change. You can snap your fingers and decide you’ll do something different right now. Start. Yes, go ahead now.

God bless!

Minimalist can ride the waves of consumerism too.

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Yesterday I walked the streets of New York. Up the Fifth Avenue, into the Central Park, and down the Seventh Avenue, past the Times Square, where I sat on the red stairs, taking some shots.

I looked at all the noise around, and it seemed like this is everything that’s wrong with this wild American capitalism.

Competing for customer attention,— my attention, with bigger screens, brighter lights, maximum possible wattage. Some of these seem close to burning out.

And the consumer is still pale, gets no tan from all the exposure to these neon lights.
Or she might be pale from contemplating her credit card debt? The one all those commercials motivated her to get into.

This system only caters to her needs up to the limit on her credit cards. The moment she’s in too deep, she will get shunned.
No more special offers, extra discounts, and the only coupons will be the food stamps.

I was listening to The Minimalists podcast while sitting on the Times Square’s shiny red stairs.
It felt like being a spy. Misfit.

As I looked around, I noticed those big golden arches. McDonald’s. It was packed full, with hordes of hungry shoppers, lining up for their junk food carb refuel.
Extra energy to continue their power-shopping spree, at least until the next sugar crash.

$MCD at over $140 a share. That’s what I saw. Cash flowing in for my dividends. Driving up the price of my investment.
You skip Mickie Dee’s about ten times, and you can buy one share, and then they pay you.

And I had the same feeling being in the Fifth Avenue Apple store. $AAPL over $145 a share. Store was packed full. For less than a price of the AirPods, you can buy one share.

The first ones I bought when I once skipped an iPhone upgrade. Got some ten shares then. And they produced fifty percent return, not even counting the dividends.

Americans living beyond their means are stuffing investors pockets.
So you can chose to be on the other side — the one that’s not crippled with consumer debt, and sugar-powered pending heart attacks.

You’ll find it more valuable if you turn your spending into investing money in $MCD, enjoying $SBUX, refreshing with the $KO, and get paid by $AAPL.

A minimalist. You buy less, you own less. So your stuff doesn’t end up owning you.
Invest your savings, and ride the consumerism wave, don’t get drowned by it.

Basking in the morning sun of the Bryant Park, I notice it’s not that packed. The lawn is trimmed, shiny, green, perfect.
A colorful group slowly moving in tai chi. Young woman doing her e-mail. Black guy scribbling something on a piece of paper. Elderly Asian lady with closed eyes, warming up in the sun.
It’s a little oasis, a getaway from the Fifth, and the Seventh.

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It’s not about the pursuit of happiness, it’s more about realizing life is amazing, and you should enjoy the ride.
Each and every day.

God bless!

Little things that we never do

imageIn February 2016 I got inspired by Medium, and published this short story titled  581 words from Warsaw.

In it, I wrote about the little wish to go sightseeing:

but I never really went to do any planned sightseeing. Haven’t visited any museums. And there are some I’d really like to see. Like the Invisible Museum where they turn you into a blind person and you get to experience what they live every day. And surely I’d like to go to the Big Bastard’s 30th floor deck and take some shots. And probably the old Gestapo HQ. That would be a plan I might be able to fit into one of the days after all the meetings are finished. Yes, I should definitely put that on my plan for next visit in April.

But I haven’t done it that April. Nor will I do it this April. Because – life.

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ideas4growth Manifesto.

ideas4growth is a platform where I share my thoughts about getting paid, getting laid, and losing weightcareer, life, personal growth & development, sales & marketing, gear, book reviews, and other everyday things.

This is where I essay my quest for simplicity, mindfulness, creativity, lifelong learning, and becoming a better leader, manager, husband, father. A better man. —For this is a trip of a lifetime, not a short getaway.

ideas4growth is where I go pursue Lebenslanges Lernen in anything that sparks my interest.

Ora et labora. Mens sana in corpore sano. These are the domains in which I’d like to write like a motherfucker

God bless!

Not sure why these still have to be written nowadays, but here we go:

  • all views, opinions, and whatever I write here are mine, and do not reflect, nor are supported by my employer.

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Get paid. Get laid. Lose weight.

Get paid. Get laid. Lose weight. The first time I read this was from James Altucher — either on his blog, or from his book (The Choose Yourself Guide to Wealth).

And he said that these are the three things people will pay money for. It’s true, it’s what I’m paying money for. It’s what interests me, it’s what’s interests everybody. And it’s catchy, it could be tagline for my blog. Actually, I’m going to the WordPress site, and updating it right now ;-)

Done.

I’ll need to define those categories, and also publish these descriptions on the blog, so people will be clear about the meaning. While Get Laid is a bit controversial, I actually believe that’s a good thing — a conversation starter, emotion sparker, something that makes it memorable. It plays on basic human emotions.

So let’s make more detailed descriptions.

Get Paid. 

This is the category where you’ll find posts related to your professional growth, and development. Anything from basic learning, skills, trainings, and reading will be in here, as long as it’s related to your job, and getting better at it. Basically, the things you get paid for. Ora et labora, according to Saint Benedict.

Get Laid. 

This is your personal growth, and development. It’s all about making you a better person, partner, spouse, human being.

Basically, this is the Mens sana part of the Mens sana in corpore sano (Healthy mind in a healthy body) quote.

Sorry to disappoint you, –it’s not about sex. Or at least not directly. Not a lot. Well, it IS about sex, since EVERYTHING is about sex? :-)

Lose Weight. 

In here you’ll find anything related to healthy living, active lifestyle, sports, and the corpore sano part of the “Healthy mind in a healthy body” phrase.

God bless!

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