Can a Minimalist Have High Ambitions?

View of Blue Mountains in Australia

Minimalism and ambition. These two concepts may seem contradictory. Doesn’t minimalism tell you to want less? Doesn’t it talk about having less material things, less busy schedules, and less clutter? Personally, I believe minimalism can fuel your drive towards your goal, and that you can be a minimalist and still have high ambitions.

A common misconception about minimalism is that it makes you let go of wanting things. On the contrary, minimalism allows you to keep the good things that you want, and discarding all the rest that aren’t that important. It makes you pause and question what you really want. You may want less stuff, but that doesn’t mean you can’t want great stuff.

“Starve your distractions, feed your focus.” – Daniel Goleman

Think of minimalism as a tool that can help you streamline your life and be more effective and creative. Through minimalism, you get rid of distractions so that you can focus on the things that are most important to you, and your dreams are part of that. It gives you the space you need – physical, mental, even time-wise –  in order to pursue your goals. The good thing about minimalism is that it doesn’t have hard rules. You can still hustle and go after your dreams while keeping other aspects of your life simple.

Come to think of it, your ambitions do not necessarily have to be all about the acquisition of material wealth. It can be finding your purpose and giving meaning to your life. It can be earning that PhD. It can be retiring early and traveling the world. Whatever it is, there will be something that drives you. Minimalism doesn’t take that thing away, but highlights it and says “go get it!” 👍

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