Posted by Praveen Prasad, WAM NY Chair
By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus, June 2014, as seen on The Minimalists Blog
An extraordinary life doesn’t just happen. It is constructed, crafted, curated.
We ought not simply “go with the flow,” then. Going with the flow is nice and easy for a while, riding the current to wherever it might take us. But eventually everyone ends up at the same place: the rapids. And then, unprepared, we’re in for a world of hurt.
Your two authors both have extraordinary lives; we’re not ashamed to admit this fact. But it wasn’t always this way.
For the longest time our lives were unremarkable at best, miserable at worst. Too long we went with the flow. As a result, we were fat and in debt and unfulfilled by the lives we were leading—lives filled with every conceivable type of clutter: mental clutter, emotional clutter, physical clutter. We had reached the rapids and were quickly headed for the falls.
Then we decided to change.
An extraordinary life—a life to be proud of—is a decision. Not a single decision, but a myriad of little decisions each day. Daily decisions about money and healthand passion and contribution. One day at a time. These decisions add up until one day you look over your shoulder and realize you’ve created an extraordinary life.
If this seems insurmountable at first, that’s because you’re looking too far ahead. You need only worry about making today extraordinary.
What tiny decisions will you make today—not tomorrow, not next week, not next year, but today—that will sculpt your extraordinary life?
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