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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 Show, NPR, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

You Are Not Impressing Me


Our Please-Like-Me Culture has transformed into something hideous. We’ve been enveloped by an epidemic of pointless, attention-grabbing solipsism. Look around, the world is attempting to impress you.

Truth be told, we needn’t impress anyone, and yet we all try. Relentlessly we try, doing the strangest things to get the attention and, ultimately, the approval of others.

Oh, you purchased a brand new Lexus? You’re a published author? Your job title is X and you earn six-figures?

So what!

Take it from two guys who had it all. We had to get “everything we ever wanted” to realize that everything we ever wanted wasn’t what we wanted at all. It was empty, meaningless, depressing.

Your material possessions, your social status, and even your so called accomplishments don’t impress anyone. They certainly don’t impress us. YOU impress us. Not the things around you. We are impressed by your commitment to change, by your ability to grow, by your desire to contribute beyond yourself. Everything else is just a social construct, devoid of meaning.

There’s nothing inherently wrong with owning possessions or accomplishing goals or earning money. Just don’t think those things impress anyone. They don’t. At least not in a meaningful way.