Jeremy Lin Time Magazine

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If you speak to most successful people who are wealthy and appear to have a charmed life, the one thing that they all have in common is the way they think. In the words of Buddha, “All that we are arises with our thoughts.” In other words, you cannot obtain wealth and prosperity if you are thinking like a poor person…that’s the bottom line.

Our own image of ourselves has the power to catapult us to incredible success or keep us trapped in an unfulfilled life with constant stress and turmoil. It’s a tough pill for many people to swallow, but we are responsible for everything that happens to us in our lives. Whether we like it or not, that is just the way it is. You can try to fight me on this but you are only fighting yourself.

I know you might be thinking, “Well, how can I control if someone runs their car into the back of mine?” or “How is it my fault that this person treated me like garbage?” Unfortunately whether we intend to or not, in our actions we invite every event that occurs into our lives, whether they are good or bad. You may have left the house five minutes later than normal to put yourself in traffic at that time to have another car hit you. You may be surrounding yourself with people who are creating negative circumstances to occur. In addition to this, it is our perception of these events and actions (or reactions in some cases) to them that will determine our end results. A minor car accident could lead you to a golden opportunity and if you are around negative people you can simply begin to stay away from them. We don’t have to make this difficult. Just relax, open your eyes and pay attention to what’s going on around you.

See more from Randy Rosado’s post, “Success and Prosperity are Only in Your Mind”

 

Minimalism quote

I was first introduced to minimalism a few months ago when I came across a quote by Lao Tzu: “Be content with what you have; rejoice in the way things are. When you realize there is nothing lacking, the whole world belongs to you.”

On November 16, 2001 I moved out of my apartment in New York City to start a new life with my future husband Randy in Florida. After my survival of the September 11th attacks I felt confident to let go of my past and embark on a journey of new beginnings. As luck and good fortune would have it the firm I had been working for generously agreed to pay for my relocation in full, which meant I could literally pack all of my belongings and incur zero expenses in my move.

In spite of all this, I gave almost half of my wardrobe to charity and more than willingly disposed of all reminders of past relationships—photos, mementos and other souvenirs that would otherwise disrupt the happiness of my present moment. I was free of emotional baggage, but what was left? What was of great importance at the time were the remaining pieces of my wardrobe, jewelry, CD’s and books I loved; and actually took the time to read.

Even then I didn’t consider myself a minimalist, for what I believed to be minimalism was something of a more drastic approach to simplification.

In their post, “What is Minimalism?” best-selling authors Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus share what I found to be an unattainable description of this Minimalist philosophy:

“To be a minimalist you must live with less than 100 things, and you can’t own a car or a home or a television, and you can’t have a career, and you have to be able to live in exotic hard-to-pronounce places all over the world, and you have to start a blog, and you can’t have any children, and you have to be a young white male from a privileged background.”

They were only joking, of course (thank goodness for that), and I do admire the authors for their sense of humor.

Although a part of me wishes my house would be emptied to mimic somewhat of a Zen Buddhist Zazen, I actually don’t believe that minimalism means relinquishing all that one loves the most.

More from co-founder Michelle Cruz Rosado’s post…


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