If you haven’t realized it by now, then you should now that I’m a minimalist. This extends to every area of my life, from my possessions to my business. I try to live green and environmentally friendly, and it’s why I’ve become interested in shareholder activism and started this blog. Living and working in a fair environment is useful for everyone and if you ask me, it should be the standard. This post is going to be a little different in that we’ll scale down on the business talk and go back to basics for a short while.
Being a minimalist changed my life. I no longer feel chained by excess and it has allowed me to move and live more freely. It has also helped my activism tremendously. My head is clearer and I am more inspired, I talk to people more easily and I know what I want more than before. There’s just a lot let mental clutter in my head which allows me to focus on the important things, like my quality of life, and the things I believe in.
In my previous job, before a business meeting, I always used to be really nervous, it’s actually embarrassing. I would ruminate about things that needed to be said and done, which would then lead to me thinking about whether I left the door of my balcony open, or whether I washed the dishes, even whether I plugged the food dehydrator off (I like dried papaya). You, know, full-on anxiety. But, things have improved with just that one change, which affected everything. Later on I pack everything with a vacuum sealer (see appliancesreviewed.com/the-best-food-vacuum-sealer-reviews/ for what I mean).
I always encourage people to speak up for their rights and not be afraid to take steps for the better. If you have an idea you believe in, especially one that you feel is both possible to execute with the minimal requirements, and also that is beneficial for everyone, you should definitely speak up.
Don’t be afraid to explain what you believe in. Believe me when I tell you from experience, many people who are afraid to speak to their management are just waiting for someone to take initiative, to give them an incentive. Sometimes the management will listen, especially if the idea is working for them as well, other times they won’t, but that’s not a failure, it only means you should try a different angle, or try harder. If it doesn’t work again, then you’ll know you’ve done the best you could!