Alessia Cara and Alicia Keys (most of the time) don’t do makeup.
Ed Sheeran doesn’t do smartphones.
Donald Trump doesn’t do alcohol.
Zuckerberg and Obama have an extremely simple wardrobe.
A young Jordan chose to experience baldness during the 1983-1984 basketball season at UNC before popularizing the look later in his career with the Chicago Bulls.
He surprised sportswriters in the midst of the winning streak one day in January by showing up with his head nearly bald. “My dad’s bald, so I figured I might be bald one day,” he told them. “I wanted to get an advanced look at it and know how it feels.” They began laughing at his explanation, so he quickly confessed, “Actually, it was just a matter of the barber cutting more than I told him.” – From Michael Jordan: The Life by Roland Lazenby
Bezos and Nadella don’t have any hair and they seem to be doing just fine.
Having a personal habit is like a ritual that on the outside may look quite restrictive, but on the inside it is quite liberating. You save a lot of mental energy for doing the things that matter. These personal rules can eliminate a lot of meaningless choice. ‘I do not eat fried foods’ or ‘I do not eat sugar.’ Perfect. You’ll never have to think about fried foods or sweets for the rest of your life.
I remember my days of having a shaved head. It was nice to wake up and not have to worry about my hairstyle. I recently shaved after not shaving for 3 months. It’s OK to look scruffy. Girls dig facial hair.
‘Be confident’ is something we hear often. But it’s hard to be confident if you have nothing to be confident about. Confidence comes from a habit of doing something that makes you proud of yourself.
Making it a habit of living without something not only helps you build your willpower and confidence but it also gives you energy and time.
Imagine your life without a smartphone and think of all the time you could focus on your 1 thing.
Let’s get real for a second. How much in life around us is actually necessary? Maybe the only necessary action we need to take is to make a statement like one of the public figures above and to hold steady to them. This allows us to focus on the things that really give our lives meaning. Loving music. Loving basketball. Loving Business. Loving Leadership. Loving innovation.
What do you love?
It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential.