This book is not about minimalism directly, but fits in perfectly with my mission and many others who choose the minimalist life. As the name suggests, it is about how to be rich in life. Unlike most personal development books it is written in story format and reads like a cheesy (but captivating) novel, rich with good tips that questions modern philosophies and helps redefine what it means to live the American dream.
Life More Work Less
Too often we assume if only we made more money than we could go on vacation, spend more time with the kids, visit Grandma, relax more. We have this idea that in order to work less, we need to make more. So we work harder, make more money, yet, find that we are no closer to living a life full of freedom and prosperity. Lifeoniaire challenges this method. They encourage us to really examine what we want and also why we want it.
Then when we learn the why, we ask ourselves is the what really the only way to attain what we want. The book gives the example of a man who dreamed his entire life of owning a boat. His why was because he wanted to entertain people and provide them with fun. The guy was challenged, "Would renting a boat proved the same fulfillment." Is there any practical way you can be the provider of fun now rather than wait until you can afford or worse yet put yourself further into debt just so you can fulfill the dream. Then they take it a step further and point out how much time they'd need to work to pay for the debt and maintenance, which leaves little time to entertain. Yet renting, you do not need store, nor maintain, yet you receive all the benefits.
Don't Be a Slave to Debt
Too often we assume if only we made more money than we could go on vacation, spend more time with the kids, visit Grandma, relax more. We have this idea that in order to work less, we need to make more. So we work harder, make more money, yet, do not get closer to our dreams. Most people find that the longer they work, the more strapped for freedom they are, and sometimes even for cash. Why is that?
Some even feel they had more freedom when they were only making $30,000 a year, yet make well into the six digits and feel trapped. Yet again, I ask, why is that? Simply put, our wants grow with our income. We can "afford" bigger loans, which allow us to buy bigger and better things, enslaving us to our jobs just to afford items that we don't even technically own. I say we don't technically own, since the bank holds the title and if we were to stop paying, we would lose all the money we ever paid towards the car/house/etc.
It is vicious cycle. We get the things we want, we find we need more money picking up extra hours or taking jobs that require longer hours but pay more. Or we take on new business opportunities that require more hours but give the higher potential for a payout so we think it is worth it. Yet, we are no closer to living a life full of freedom and prosperity. Lifeoniaire challenges this method. They encourage us to really examine what we want and also why we want it.
Ask Yourseslf, Do You Want More Time Or Money
The Lifeonaire lifestyle's biggest theme is what do you want more: time or money? Most of us, if we were honest, would say time. What do you want more, a big house with an equally big mortgage or to come home from work and relax, play with the kids, invite friends over? What are you willing to get sacrifice? This book does a much better job than I can to explain in a single blog post. I'd recommend to anyone who feels they don't have enough money or enough time to read this book. It opens your eyes to a whole new way of life that helped inspire us towards our minimalist goal, even though the book never talked directly about the topic.
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Angela Michelle Schultz
I am abnegating my possessions for the sake of the good things in my life like my church, my husband, my daughters, my family, my friends, and my writing. I am learning the joy of having more time and money for what matters by removing the stuff that doesn't.