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THE MINIMUM WEEKLY #14

The spring creeps in, the rainy days a little warmer, clouded blue skies above suburban rooftops. Green shoots rise from the dirt and the world feels like it’s in the process of transformation. Sunlight through the curtains in the early mornings, the world slowly reaching it’s palm towards summer. Each week, a new opportunity to reflect and take time to focus on the best moments.

These are the key points and highlights from this week on the minimum man:

Thoughts on Persuasive Minimalism

We like to think that we can help others. One of the great pieces of the human experience is our ability to connect with others and to impact their lives in positive ways. But this can lead to us making decisions which actually do the opposite of what we’re intending. When we delve into minimalism and find that it impacts us positively, it can be tempting to convince others to utilise minimalism to build positivity within their own life. Persuasion, however, has no great likelihood of convincing others of the power of minimalism. Instead, modelling those changes and simply being a positive part of someone else’s life provides a greater chance of introducing others to the benefits of minimalism in a non-coercive manner.

Issues with Sustainability

Sustainability is a key goal for many of us, we romanticise it and aim for it as a vague and intangible goal. We do our best, getting the key items we think we need: that bamboo toothbrush, the plastic-free soaps, the canvas tote bag. Under the surface is an issue. Bamboo, often used in ‘sustainable’ products, is frequently transported hundreds of miles across the planet, sourced from China. The carbon footprints of many of these sustainable products is a new consideration which we have to add to our understanding of what makes something ‘sustainable’. It’s important to remember that this doesn’t mean we should give up on sustainability, but rather persist and research in order to make the best possible choices.

Dale Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People

Carnegie’s How to Win Friends and Influence People is a key part of the self-development literature canon, but do the messages from 1936 still hold up? Some key quotes from the upgraded version of Carnegie’s book: “You must become genuinely interested in others before you can ever expect anyone to be interested in you.” “[Treat] someone like the person you want him to become.” “There are no neutral exchanges. You leave someone either a little better or a little worse.” Carnegie offers unique insight into reframing our mindset within our interactions with other people. He offers the chance to change our core understanding of interpersonal relationships. These universal, bold concepts still hold in 2021, as much as they ever have.

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What are you reflecting on this week? What have been your best moments?

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