The 100 Things talk was an interesting place for me to sit as an advertising person who generally tries to sell people stuff for a living. And, perhaps worse, as a person who has, and loves, a lot of crap. Surprisingly, I didn’t walk away feeling guilty or compelled to purge my (rather copious) collection of cheap wine glasses, my technology graveyard or any of the 7 brands of shampoo + conditioner I “need” for any given weather + hair scenario. I did walk away inspired and hopeful and I think a lot of what Dave Bruno says applies to all of us as humans, whether we’re striving to live a simple or minimalist lifestyle or not. A couple of highlights:
1. Debt is bad. It’s the most pressing dysfunction of our time. Stay out of it.
2. Stop thinking of yourself as a consumer and think of yourself as a contributor
3. Whenever you’re making a choice prioritize the well being of somebody else. (Prioritize, don’t just consider)
4. Hold yourself to the standard of joyfulness
I think these philosophies might just inspire the most noble purpose, a better world.
And, with that, my rose colored glasses and I will see you at the agency party.