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Live below your means, above your needs

That is a saying I overheard recently that is so powerful it’s all I really have to say.

Think about what your means are and if you’re living at, below or above them.

Then think about your needs – what are they really? Are they reasonable? Excessive? Low? High?

I teach a concept called Voluntary Simplexity… This is one of the foundational principles.

“Live below your means, above your needs.”

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Buy Nothing Day is Saturday November 27 2010

Buy Nothing Day is your special day to unshop, unspend and unwind. Relax and do nothing for the economy and for yourself – at least for a single day.

Can you really buy absolutely nothing for just one day? You might say “Sure!” but can you ACTUALLY go one whole day without transacting ANY business? Are you totally debt free so that you can go a whole day without accruing interest on your mortgage? Are you off the grid so that you can go a whole day without paying the power company? Do you have ANY utilities? Water, Sewer etc? Do you have a cell phone? Do you have stocks or other investments that transact business in your name every day without your input? Do you have other debts, such as credit cards that accrue interest? Can you really go one whole day without buying anything? Try it!

Of course, we say this not to push you to attempt the impossible or go to extremes. We just want everyone to think about how integrated these transactions are into our daily routines.

Definitely something worth thinking about!

This is a concept based on the Voluntary Simplicity movement – it’s something I teach my elite Platinum Members. Without going overboard, it helps you focus on what’s most important in life so that you get more enjoyment, fulfillment and satisfaction with less stress, pressure and frustration.

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