The World Doesn’t Need More Successful People

The world doesn't need more successful people

There is a quote by author David Orr, from his 1992 book Ecological Literacy: Education and the Transition to a Postmodern World:

“The plain fact is that the planet does not need more successful people.

But it does desperately need more peacemakers, healers, restorers, storytellers, and lovers of every kind.

It needs people who live well in their places.

It needs people of moral courage willing to join the fight to make the world habitable and humane.

And these qualities have little to do with success as we have defined it.”

I find that this quote speaks really well to the Minimalism movement – as we are all individuals who have given up the traditional route of being deemed successful and have moved on to other ways to defining our success.

The Minimalism Manifesto

We do not need the big cars, or houses, or the thousand pairs of shoes to be regarded as successful.
We have realized that beautiful experiences and stronger connections define us as successful.

We realize that a life filled with traditional tenets of success, like money, power, fame, stuff, is empty.

It reeks of discontentment. It stutters and stammers its way to depression and anxiety.

What is Minimalism’s purpose?

Why are we doing the things we are doing?

Even though sometimes it’s hard to tell the non-minimalists in our lives, that we can’t do certain things as it isn’t something we are interested in anymore.
Even if it might mean losing acquaintances, friendships, and even family relations. It makes us realize what is important and what isn’t.
We are moving towards living the life we are meant to be living on this planet. It doesn’t allow for faltering or mistakes.
It is clear-cut and it marks a clearly marked path towards peace and contentment.

The decision is yours.

You have to choose between love and life.
Between contentment and constant dissatisfaction with every aspect of your life.
Between stuff and minimalism.
The path and choice has always been yours. Now, it’s easier to choose the path of minimalism because there are so many of us out there and so many of us ready to support you.

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14 thoughts on “The World Doesn’t Need More Successful People

    1. If you have love, contentment and success, it means, that you’ve chosen to be content and happy with what you have. There are lots of people on this planet who are successful, who are in love and who could choose to be happy and content with what they have. But, they choose to be dissatisfied, and look for more. More success. More love. More stuff. Whatever it might be. Luck doesn’t play into it, I don’t think. It is choice.

    2. I think the point here is that “success” May mean what you think it means. Who defines the word success? What does success mean to you? Just because we dont have success as our culture has defined it, doesn’t mean we don’t have it.

  1. This is the same why I always say: “I am happy by choice”…yes,I choose to be happy with what I have. Even tought they see me as a loser because I am not succesful and got nothing materialistically talking, I seems to be happier than them..and also dare to encourage “succesfull” people with their life’s issues..LOL
    Having nothing in life I still dare to say I am happy and succesful..and I mean what I say for sure.

    1. I agree Ana – there are lots of ‘successful’ people on this planet who aren’t happy – they seem to have all the trappings of success. But they aren’t satisfied, or content. You have made a choice to be happy with what you have and you are satisfied, content and therefore, happy. Thanks for the comment.

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