What A Former Monk Can Teach Us About The Good Life

Laurence McCahill
Jul 4 · 3 min read

“Life is simple, so why do we insist on making it so complicated?”

Satish Kumar is a former Jain monk, activist and the founder of Schumacher College, a groundbreaking institution set up in 1990.

The college was inspired by, and named after, E.F. Schumacher, the economist, environmentalist and author of Small is Beautiful — Economics As if People Mattered.

It’s a book influenced our thinking at The Happy Startup School — that growth for growth’s sake is unsustainable, and also not a measure of success every business or economy should strive for. It provided a much needed counter balance to the traditional view of economics — one that promotes bigger as better.

“GDP measures everything except that which makes life worthwhile.” Bobby Kennedy

In a recent talk (see video below) Satish Kumar explains why economic growth based on materialism is unsustainable. He shares some ways that we can all embrace a life of elegant simplicity in his charming and no nonsense delivery.

These are just as important, if not more so, for entrepreneurs as they are are for anyone else. Spending more time outdoors, working smarter not harder and making things beautiful. Who can argue with any of these?

1. Live near to where you work (and walk there) 👞

“If we all walked to work, there’d be no rush hour traffic. We live in a society where it’s as if we have no legs.”

2. Get lost in nature 🍃

“Wilderness is very important in our lives. Everything is too contained, too civilised. We need to go wild.”

3. Work less 🐢

“If you simplify your life, you need less money, because you have more time — for yourself, your family and friends.”

4. Start making ✎

“Gardening, cooking, poetry, these are all from your own imagination — invent something new. Live like a poet. ”

5. Whatever you do, make it beautiful ❤️

“We are all artists. Whatever you do, treat it as an art. It’s the only way we can create things that will endure.”

If you like you can watch the full talk below or read his book. Enjoy.

⛺️ Join 150 changemakers this September and get inspired, meet likeminded people and live simply for a few days — more info at www.happystartupsummer.camp

Watch the full talk here

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Co-founder The Happy Startup School. Building a global community of heart-shaped entrepreneurs and leaders, one event at a time.

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