Essentialist Manifesto

I’m an essentialist…I don’t own a car. I don’t watch the news. I don’t have an office. I rarely buy clothes or shop for consumer goods. I only spend money on my health and in fleeting epic life experiences like travel, activities, amazing food, music, and recreation. I don’t have any social apps on my phone, so I only check social media 3-4 times a week on my computer.

Most days I have zero plans. I only focus on and execute the most important thing and let my intuition guide my days.

My business runs the day-to-day itself and is based on recurring revenue. I don’t have a 401K or fancy financial situation…just checking, savings, and basic investment positions.

I don’t let many people into my personal life (especially negative people) so as to go deeper with existing relationships and let new ones flourish organically. I don’t talk on the phone a lot, on average 2 important business calls a week. I only respond to texts so as to avoid spam. I don’t check business email as I have an assistant. I use a virtual post box to receive mail so I can travel and still get important mail.

Day to day I literally just do what I want to do at any given moment, and trust myself enough to only want positive things…
All this comes at a cost. I often feel isolated, disconnected from the world, and blissfully ignorant, which is often perceived as apathy or selfishness. I sometimes feel misunderstood and I often feel a sense of guilt for not doing “more” with the freedom I have…almost an unfulfilled sense of obligation that’s followed me around my whole life, even after big accomplishments. I accept that. I accept myself and these decisions.

Luckily, I don’t really care what people think or how weird all these decisions may seem to the majority, as I’ve surrounded myself with people, like you all, that normalize the concept of “living life on your own terms.”

Perhaps it’s an experiment in finding the edges of what freedom means to me, so that I can share these lessons with others who seek to explore what freedom means to them. I believe we are at the apex of human civilization, billions of years in the making. I believe that with technology and increased interconnectedness, we are entering a period where billions of additional people will begin to realize this potential for freedom as well. I am willing to fight for this.

Above all, I fucking love life. I realize this freedom gives me the capacity to serve the world in a big exciting way. I accept the different seasons of my life. The ebbs and flows. I feel a calm before the storm, something big brewing, and I’m excited for what this upcoming “spring” season of life will help me manifest.

I’m insanely grateful for the lightness, peacefulness, and mental clarity that comes from living free from a lot of the shackles of modern day living. I wish more people chose less over more, the essential few vs. the trivial many, the 80/20 of living an epic life.

We are all blessed to live in the conditions that allow us to shape our lives as we wish. To choose how we want to be, feel, and show up in the world. So fucking blessed.

I’m grateful for you for reading this. To join others who subscribe to a similar mindset, click here request an invite to our Facebook community, aptly called Freedom Shapers.

Love your life. It makes things a lot easier. <3, -Dan

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I'm Dan Schwartz. I enjoy long walks, constant personal growth, and creating things that help myself and others realize the mental state of true freedom. Read more about me at

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