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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.

Your Past Does Not Equal Your Future

Past and Future

You Are Not Your Past

Your future does not have to look like your past.

Parts of your past were great, but…

The most popular kid from high school isn’t necessarily popular now.

The star quarterback in college doesn’t always make it to the NFL.

The childhood TV star often doesn’t make it to the big screen as an adult.


The nerd from high school became Bill Gates or Steve Jobs.

The guy who got cut from the freshman basketball team became Michael Jordan.

The poverty-stricken abused girl from Mississippi became Oprah Winfrey.

In other words, sometimes the mighty fall, and sometimes the fallen embrace greatness. Sometimes you think that you are not enough, but then you discover that you are more than enough.

Living In The Rearview

If the past equaled the future, then your windshield would be of no use to you; you would simply drive your car with your eyes glued to the rearview mirror. But driving this way—only looking behind you—is a surefire way to crash.

Instead it’s important to occasionally acknowledge your past—to check your rearview every once in a while—while staying focused on the road in front of you, staying focused on the moment at hand.

Living In The Present

We’ve all made mistakes and bad decisions in the past. We are all human. We can take the lessons from those bad decisions and start a new future, starting with this moment.

In fact, a more accurate snapshot of your potential future is the present moment. What you’re doing right now will shape your future far more than your past. And with every new moment comes a new present, a fresh start.

Take advantage of this moment. Your future depends on it.