Essentialism refers to an attitude to life that revolves around making conscious choices and reducing the abundance of information, questions and impressions to their essence. In today's world, where everything moves quickly, it is easy to lose sight of what really matters in life. We often get caught up in expectations, both our own and those imposed by society.
It is not unusual for these overwhelming expectations to lead to stress, dissatisfaction and a sense of emptiness. But what if there was a way to escape this vicious cycle and live a life full of passion and purpose? This blog explores the essence of life, the importance of self-investment and the philosophy of essentialism, with the goal of helping you discover what really matters and how to achieve it.
Working hard for something we don't care about is called stress;- Simon Sinek -
working hard for something we love is called passion.
What is essentialism: what is the essence of Life?
Simon Sinek's opening quote beautifully sums up the core of our existence. It distinguishes between two different ways of working hard - one driven by stress and the other by passion. To truly understand the essence of life, we must wrestle with this distinction. What do we really care about, and how can we make this the center of our life efforts?
Life is a delicate balance between our desires, our actions and our expectations. When our expectations exceed reality, it often leads to disappointment. Therefore, the path to happiness requires aligning our actions with our passions and our dreams with our efforts.
Investing in Yourself
An essential aspect of realizing our dreams and passions is investing in ourselves. Our personal growth is essential to pursuing our dreams. By developing the right skills, mindset and character, we prepare ourselves for success. Self-investment is not only the acquisition of knowledge, but also the cultivation of the right attitude and self-confidence.
In the words of award-winning author Rudi Francken, cited in his book AQ Adaptive Intelligence, lighter living smarter working, it is essential to ask yourself, "What can you do yourself to realize your goals and dreams? And then are you willing to make the necessary investments and concessions?"
These questions force us to reflect on our lives and the choices we make. To grow and evolve, we must be open to new experiences, learn from our mistakes and embrace the valuable feedback of others. Yes, it will require change. Yes, it will be challenging. But yes, it is possible, and yes, it will be fulfilling.
As an essentialist, you decide what you spend your precious time and energy on. Essentialism is about making choices, prioritizing and saying goodbye to things that do not contribute to our life goals.
As an essentialist, you make conscious choices. You say no to what doesn't align with your passions and goals. This helps you get the right things done and ultimately live a life that really matters.
In the author's words, "I choose. I say no to what doesn't serve. I get the right things done. I live a life that really matters."
The path to a fulfilling and high-quality life in freedom begins with understanding essence and embracing essentialism. By invest in yourself, pursue your passions and make conscious choices, you can leave stress and disappointment behind and find a life full of passion and purpose. So, are you an essentialist? Ask yourself this question as you move toward a life that truly matters.