3 Things You (And The Planet) Don’t Need

50-things-your-life-doesnt-need.jpgWhen writing 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need, my main goal was to help people find their passion by getting rid of nearly everything else that they didn’t care about.

But, as I began to challenge people to clean out clutter, a deep interest of mine reared its head (and this is a good thing).

As it turns out, when you eliminate excess from your life, you do some good for Mother Nature. Best of all, you may be the kind of person who’s passionate about our planet, and I firmly believe that the world needs more passionate people.

While it’s a field-manual to find and live your passion, 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need helps the reader focus on what truly matters in his or her life.

Once you discover your passion, other things can come and go. Those that don’t help you live a life of passion can definitely go!

Here are 3 things I believe your life doesn’t need.

Eliminating them will also be good for the environment…


#19: Bottled Water

You’ll find that avoiding bottled water offers many benefits, especially cleaning up the good Earth.

You’ll save money and time and you’ll be better able to focus on finding what it is you love doing. Buying bottled water to consume at home with the thought that, unlike tap water, it is pure, is money down the drain.

The amount of water that comes in bottles for $3 can be had for 16 cents from your tap. Get rid of the bottled stuff and watch your bank account grow.

An option somewhere in between straight tap water and buying bottled water is to filter your own tap water at home.


#26: Unbatched Errands

Anything that saves you time or money is worth looking into, especially since it will save you precious resources to spend on what you really love.

Batching your errands will also save you many headaches.

If you need to go to the post office, the grocery store, and the photomart, plan your trip so that you take care of all three errands in one outing.

Certain emergencies arise, but batching your errands will save you time (and gas).


#43: A Long Commute

The average American spends over 100 hours a year getting to work.

And we wonder why Americans spend less time with their families and everyone seems to be growing increasingly isolated. Studies show that big houses don’t make people happier and long commutes actually make us angrier.

Trade them both in and watch your life improve.

You may even think about ditching your car a few days a week (or even altogether) and rock some public transit. I have no idea why people think it’s for losers, but there are plenty of reasons public transit doesn’t suck.


More From The Book…

Want to read about 47 other things your life doesn’t need?

Interested in the 6 questions to ask yourself in order to discover your passion?

Be sure to grab a copy of 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need by Sam Davidson.

Editor’s Note: Thanks so much to Sam Davidson for this guest post! Sam is a writer, entrepreneur, and dreamer who believes that the world needs more passionate people. To help people find and live their passion, he has written 50 Things Your Life Doesn’t Need. He is the co-founder of Cool People Care and Proof Branding, and lives in Nashville with his wife and daughter. Check out this quick trailer about Sam’s book:



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  • http://www.accidentalearthmother.com Megs

    Thanks for the inspirational post Sam. My life doesn’t need a clothes dryer. I have a solar powered one outside! I have a small house but can still manage to find room for a clothes airer if inclement weather sticks around for a while.

  • http://www.JoeMohrToons.com JoeMohr

    “the world needs more passionate people” Agreed.

  • Melissa_perry

    Negativity. Whether it be a negative person who brings you down all the time and drains you of your emotions or a negative work environment. Negativity causes stress, anxiety, anger, and poor health. Just one negative comment can bring a person down. People need to be more encouraging and positive. A smile goes a long way and can change the course of a persons day!

  • Cristina

    I could really use this book.

  • BarbaraLH

    one thing to eliminate in my life…
    computer time one day a week

    would love a copy of this book…
    liked the post on reverb

  • Emily

    I would LOVE a copy of this book.

    One thing to eliminate from my life:
    Long showers.

  • Yelphets

    Vegetables wrapped in plastic – why does Trader Joe’s do that??

  • Cprosser110

    I found that I really don’t need Televisions in my life, it distracts me from my son, and my gardening. I have been without TV and movies completely for 2 months now and I am really starting to lead the life you speak about. I would love to read your book.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1408646956 Juanita Wright

    One thing I don’t need in my life is chemicals in my garden.  Compost from my bin and horse manure from a friend’s stable grow my veggies wonderfully.  Would love to have the book.