It should be perfectly obvious, that a person who needs very little, has a higher than average chance of having “enough”.
Someone who lives his life in a manner, that indicates he can’t get enough, probably won’t.
This is simple, but the implications of this truth goes further in my view.
A person who dreams of doing creative painting as a profession, can only achieve this, by becoming sufficiently succesful as a painter, that it can provide him with enough (or more). The more he needs, the more succesful he has to get in order to stay in the game.
The simplistic lifestyle can therefore be considered an enabler of dreams.
Whatever you dream of doing with your life, can potentially be materialized by lowering the basic requirements of your lifestyle. It is my guess, that people who follows this advice has a higher rate of success in pursuing their true goals.
For me, cutting expenses, throwing out stuff and reprogramming my expectations of the future, was what helped me quit the job that I absolutely hated, and try something new. It made it a lot less scary.
I was fortunate enough, that I hadn’t let my needs rise in synchronicity with my income, and that allowed me to not get trapped, as I saw many of my former colleagues do.
Now, I am trying something else, and I love it – even though I don’t spend much money on luxury stuff; I don’t feel like it makes much of a difference on my long-term happiness.
If you are starting out from 0 (or in debt even), see how attainable you can make your ultimate goal, by lowering the bar for survival, before you begin putting in more work than necessary.
This is not about being unambitious. It is about ambitiously optimizing your chances of success – and learning about, what is truly valuable in life.