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8 Successful Individuals Who Became Minimalists

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 We're always told that we need more to be happy. We need to buy new clothes, travel to faraway exotic locations, eat good food and make more friends. And, although we continue with this endless process of accumulation, we still feel that we lack something. We don't ever feel that we have enough to make us happy.

Minimalists do things a little differently. For them, less means more. As far as possible, they try to sustain themselves with just the bare necessities. As they give away their stuff, they feel a sense of fulfillment.

Although minimalism is gaining steam as a movement now, the underlying idea has been present for centuries. Swipe through the clips of our ClipBook to know about some popular minimalists from both yesteryear and today.

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What Is Minimalism?

In today's age or reckless materialism, the philosophy of minimalism is making a comeback. But, what exactly is minimalism? In simple terms, it is all about finding out what we need to live, and thus get rid of possessions that are unnecessary. Be...

Confucius

Before Confucius became a teacher and philosopher, he used to be the Minister for Justice and lived a comfortable life. However, he abandoned everything to teach ethics. In the process, Confucius also embraced minimalism…

Socrates

“The secret of happiness, you see, is not found in seeking more, but in developing the capacity to enjoy less.” These words from Socrates help us understand how much he believed in the philosophy of leading a simple life. History tells us that Soc...

Plato

If a philosopher isn't a minimalist, is he really a philosopher? Plato was born in a wealthy family, but like his teacher, Socrates, he too embraced minimalism. Plato wrote a book called the 'Republic' which consists of a series of dialogues with ...

Marcus Aurelius

Marcus Aurelius reign as the emperor of Rome lasted from 161 to 180 CE. He is one of the Five Good Emperors of Rome. Along with being an emperor, Marcus Aurelius was also a philosopher. The 'Meditations' is a collection of his personal writings an...

Henry David Thoreau

In 1854, the American author released a book called 'Walden; or, Life in the Woods'. This is a first-person account of how he lived alone in a house he built on his own and sustained himself through the labour of his own hands. In the woods, Thore...

Albert Einstein

Albert Einstein is remembered for his ground-breaking discoveries in Physics. What few people know is that he was also one of the early pioneers of minimalism. He was known for simple living. Whenever he travelled to a new city he preferred to sl...

Mahatma Gandhi

Mahatma Gandhi was born in a prosperous family, but when he died, he had less than ten possessions. He wasn't just modest in his dressing, he was also content with eating the simplest food. Gandhiji once said, "You may have occasion to possess or ...

Steve Jobs

The fact that the founder of the multinational Apple was a minimalist is evident from the products his company makes. For Steve Jobs, simplicity was the highest form of sophistication. And, this philosophy extended to his personal life as well. Fo...

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