Minimalism is a lifestyle that helps people question what things add value to their lives. By clearing the clutter from life’s path, we can all make room for the most important aspects of life: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.

Everyone has the same 24h each day. You, Me, Elon Musk, Ray Dalio or any other person in the world. During these 24h many people spent time with things that don’t add value to their or another person’s life.

Cutting the lawn, tiding up stuff, searching for Netflix movies, worrying about water in the basement, waiting in a traffic jam…

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Le Havre, 2015

On new years eve this year when 2016 shifted away and 2017 arrived, I sat on a friend’s balcony in Berlin-Friedrichshain, looked in the sky full of fireworks and asked myself, what is important to me in life. I was thinking, let me finish that thought, then I’ll go back inside. Being in the early-20s I have the feeling of being able to achieve anything, so I just had to find out, what do I want to be, what matters to me in my life.

I remembered a story I read a while ago which says, think about the day…

The pursuit of people with power and celebrity has a bad reputation. We’re taught to see it as an expression of vanity and superficiality. We regard it as a cheap and easy means of getting ahead.

I think making an effort of getting to know inspiring people has nothing to do with superficiality. Inspiring and diverse people can help you to broaden your horizon, getting mental input on what to do in life and motivate you to pursue your way. (As long as you are pursuing a deeper relation instead of a selfie picture.)

The book is filled with examples…

The typical career path of many people is first a course of education from school to high school to university to maybe a doctor title and then a course of execution in the area we specialise. I as a software engineer see that many people choose a path like doing the standard courses in university and then becoming specialised in a certain field like database administration / Java ninja / machine learner or whatever. When we start working for a company we get into a performance zone where we execute the things we know to achieve the goals we have…

Carl Ambroselli

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