How a Regular Savings Habit Made T. Johnson $70 million

  The story of Theodore Johnson has become the stuff of legend. How a man who never made more than $14,000 per year came to be worth $70 million dollars naturally got a lot of peoples attention. He did it simply by saving. He treated his saving as an obligation just like paying taxes or […]

Money and Minimalism: An Old Friend Dies

An old friend died yesterday. Massive heart attack. Aged 60. I can only imagine what that must be like, your last precious moments alive spent in pain, desperation and panic. And if we linger, do we spend those extra moments regretting choices we’ve made that brought us to this moment. But it’s too late. Over […]

8 Steps to Free Yourself From the Money Mindset

  The “Hunt and Gather” instinct is alive and raging in most cultures around the world. In the developed nations this manifests itself in the pursuit of cold, hard cash. Unfortunately, as I’m known to say frequently, this is an instinct out of control, and no longer useful to the well being of the human […]

Bye Buy: The End of Consumerism as We Know It

  FEATURE ARTICLE – FREE PREMIUM CONTENT Like the explosion of Krakatoa in 1883, the 2008 downturn of the economy was an event that sent ripples around the globe leaving almost no shore untouched. The spending habits of even the wealthy were changed forever. Fear and uncertainty gripped the world and many people simple stopped […]

Getting Rich is Actually Easy

  Yes, I said it. And it’s true. Getting Rich is easy. It’s really just a matter of priorities. Plus some simple math. Someone once said that Stephen Coveys “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” was common sense that we needed to be reminded of. The same could be said about the simple concept of […]

Ozymandias, King of Kings.

I met a traveller from an antique land Who said: “Two vast and trunkless legs of stone Stand in the desert. Near them on the sand, Half sunk, a shattered visage lies, whose frown And wrinkled lip and sneer of cold command Tell that its sculptor well those passions read Which yet survive, stamped on […]

Before Enlightenment; After Enlightenment

There is an old Zen Buddhist saying, “Before enlightenment, chop wood, carry water. After Enlightenment, chop wood, carry water.” I have heard and read opinions from the pundits debating it’s meaning, to the point of becoming esoteric. Sometimes the “dumbed down” version is the best version. So here is what this Zen phrase means: Externally […]

Minimalism and Assigning Social Value to Our Possessions

  There is a value that we often assign to the material items we own that goes beyond the financial. Why do people own a Rolex when an inexpensive Timex will provide you with the same information. When almost every electronic device we own has a clock built in? All objects carry two attributes; form […]

Are You Tired of Being Pissed Off All The Time?

I just read the “about me“, on the blog “Living Not Wanting“. In it she says, “a year ago I decided I am tired of being angry and pissed off all the time”. Simple, but profoundly insightful. This is a thought that indicates that she’s made a decision to change. And will. Are you ready […]

The Minimalist and The $400 Toaster

I once bought a toaster for nearly $400. When I told people, they thought I had lost it. Doolally. This purchase, and others like it, were based on this premise: Given the choice between two items which will serve the same function, if one is twice the price, but will last 4 times as long, […]