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The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

You Don’t Have To Explain Yourself


An Explanation at Every Turn

But I only did it because…

And I was just tying to…

No, no, no, what I meant was…

Wait! Let me explain!

No Explanation Required

If you’re anything like us, you probably spend a lot of time explaining yourself, justifying your actions to others as if you were in a court of law.

But the people who require an explanation probably won’t understand you anyway. You can’t control what they think.

And the people who really understand you—the important people who are closest to you—don’t need any explanation at all. They already get you, because you are enough.

A Simple Solution

So here’s a simple solution: stop explaining yourself.

If you want to explain yourself, go ahead, it’s OK to do so. Just don’t feel obligated to. You don’t have waste your time.