25 Ways To Live Differently

Posted by on June 9, 2013

If your goal is to live a boring life and be like everyone else, you are probably well on your way. However, if your life goal is to make your own decisions and live on your own terms; look at what the masses are doing, then start doing the opposite. Changing your life isn’t difficult. These 25 straightforward ways to live differently are small changes that result in a big difference. Try giving them a shot.

25

Think Big

25. Think bigMost people aim for what they think is attainable, but in reality, they are only giving in to limiting beliefs. It’s just as easy to think big as it is to think small; it only takes a small shift in your mindset. Besides, when you think small, you have to compete with everyone else who thinks that way. Think big, and you’ll be in a class of your own.
24

Make yourself wealthy, not someone else

24. Make yourself wealthy, not someone elseWho owns the company you work for? If it’s not you, then you are working to make someone else wealthy. If you’re going to work hard, why not work hard for yourself?

23

Get inspired daily

23.  Get inspired dailyMost people go through life without ever getting their heart pumping. Figure out what makes you tick — what gets you going — and drink from that well daily.
22

Get out of your comfort zone

22.  Get out of your comfort zoneDo something every day that scares you. Better yet, put yourself in the position where you have no choice but to be scared. The higher your tolerance for fear and uncertainty, the more likely you are to be remarkable.

21

Travel

21.  TravelThe percentage of people who never see the outside world is staggering. If you want to understand how the world works, you need to get outside your bubble.

20

Refuse planned obsolescence

20.  Refuse planned obsolescenceConsumer electronics companies make it seem like they worked all fiscal year to come up with these brilliant innovations for the next product release. The truth is that it’s all a ploy to get you to wait in line for a few lousy gigabytes of memory. These companies purposely release new features very, very slowly.
19

Explore medical tourism

19.  Explore medical tourismGuess what? The best doctors in the world are not necessarily in your country. I had $3,000 worth of simple dental work done for $400 in Costa Rica. My dentist spoke perfect English, studied under American professors, and used the same materials as my dentist in New York. Better yet, he gave me a free initial consultation and was open to negotiating on price.

18

Stop commuting 9 to 5

18.  Stop commuting 9 to 5Sit in traffic? Be jammed into the subway? That sounds like the rat race to me. Find out when you are most productive and where. Go to that place at that time. Maybe it means you’re in bed on your laptop until 10 a.m.
17

Don’t rely on doctors

17.  Don’t rely on doctors, eitherHealth professionals with PhDs are products of the machine — a reactionary health care system designed to make a profit. It’s not their fault — they were taught in school how to fix you once you’re already broken. True health means being proactive.

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Don’t rely on the government

16.  Don’t rely on the governmentWant to take life into your own hands? Don’t leave it up to a bureaucracy. If you expect the government to take care of you, it’s simply not going to happen. If you want to live differently, remember that nobody will look out for your well-being like you will.
15

Stop eating food that’s killing you

15.  Stop eating food that’s killing youIt’s pretty plain and simple: We all know that the food we are eating will eventually kill us. Yet we all sneak french fries, sugars, excessive animal products, and anything with terrible chemicals in it. No, moderation won’t kill us, but why do we succumb to what the rest of the masses do?
14

Do you

14.  Do youBetween society, your family, and your friends, everyone has their own agendas for what they want to see you do. We live in a world where we strive for others’ approval without truly asking ourselves what we want. “Live the dream” means your dream, not someone else’s.
13

Untrain your mind

13.  Untrain your mindBigger isn’t better when it comes to material things. As Notorious B.I.G. said, “Mo’ money, mo’ problems.” Bigger salary, bigger house, bigger car: it’s more stuff occupying a BIG part of your life, and it’s probably financed by mo’ debt.
12

Stop paying for education

12.  Stop paying for educationAll the information we need to educate ourselves is out there. Matt Damon said it best in Good Will Hunting: “In 50 years, you’re gonna start doing some thinking on your own, and you’re gonna come up with the fact…you dropped a hundred and fifty grand on an education you could’ve gotten for a dollar fifty in late charges at the public library.”
11

Only buy stuff you can afford

11.  Only buy crap you can afford.It’s a shocking thought, I know. Stop with the retail therapy at the expense of your credit card. Just because the rest of America lives beyond its means doesn’t mean you have to.
Matt Wilson

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Matt Wilson is Co-founder of Under30Media and Adventurer in Residence at Under30Experiences. Break out of your comfort zone: Enter to win a Trip of a Lifetime to Costa Rica via Under30Experiences.

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  • marvin

    Thank you Matt…

    I’m on a journey, just experimenting on living how I want to live, after many years of trying to live up to other people’s expectations, my world came crashing down, most of it, all because I refused to do it anymore… now more than a year later I find myself asking, why are you living by other people’s timetable? wake up at 7.30, run to the train station, with all the rest of the running commuters, get home eat dinner go to bed at midnight…etc etc… who taught you to do this stuff… listen to your body, try something different.. so today I said to myself ‘Marvin… start living differently, life like YOU feel like living’ I don’t know what that means yet but after searching the web, I thought this is a good place to start…

    p.s. for a long time I suspected idea 20, technology being way ahead, but being released very slowly for financial gain….