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Luxury of Less: The Five Rings of Minimalism [Kindle Edition]

Karol Gajda
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Book Description

Author Update (October 8, 2013):

This book was written after a time in my life when I had too much and wanted more. I'll be the first to admit that the writing is not great. I've considered removing the book from Amazon many times, but then I get an email or review stating how much Luxury of Less helped with something.

If you're expecting to read a great work of literature then please don't buy this. You're just wasting your time.

If you're cool with reading a bit about my life story and how I made some changes that got me out of a personal, depressive, rut then this is for you.

### End Author Update ###

Luxury of Less is about how to live an extraordinary life without the physical and mental excess pervasive in our society today. It's my story of deep depression and incredible happiness. It's about true minimalism; mindset instead of the number of things you own.

The title and contents are very loosely based on The Book of Five Rings by Miyamoto Musashi.

*Over 20,000 downloads and a 4.0 average Amazon review!*

What others have said:

I love the Luxury of Less because it’s so much more than an ebook on minimalism. The Luxury of Less is about living a healthy life filled with joy. Karol gives great advice and ideas to change your life in simple, practical ways that make a big difference. Anyone can benefit from the ebook, not simply someone who wants to live with less than 100 things and travel the world. The Luxury of Less is written for a mother of 3, a single twenty something and a retiree. With it’s dirt cheap price, I highly recommend the Luxury of Less to anyone who is looking to pare down their life and focus on what is most important.

- Kristen Sloan


In the Luxury of Less ebook, Karol walks you through how you can examine your life inside out through minimalism. It’s about examining not only one’s relationship with stuff but also relationships with people and relationship with one’s self.

I really enjoyed reading the ebook as Karol’s authenticity shines when he used his life experiences as an example and an inspiration to answer the question on why be a minimalist. The luxury of less is not about depriving oneself, it’s about making room for the things that matter to you and using them as tools to go for your dreams and live your best life. Whether you’re a long time minimalist or new to the concept of minimalism, this ebook will certainly inspire you to clear the clutter in your life, remove toxic relationships, be a friend to yourself and most of all enjoy life to the fullest by working on what you’re truly passionate about.

If there’s one book on minimalism that you should read, this would be it.

- Anna Zalazar


An inspiring reflection on the truly important things in life.

- Antonio Serrano

Editorial Reviews

About the Author

Hey there! I'm Karol. (That's pronounced like Karl, not Carol. And while I'm at it, the last name is Guy-Duh. Ninja Gajda(n) if you're nasty.)

I was born in Poland and my family escaped communism shortly before Martial Law was instituted in 1981. Close call. Thanks Mama i Tata!

My earliest memory is eating a Starburst (with wrapper intact) my late Grandma Stefania gave me outside of our Mt Pleasant, MI apartment at the age of 2.

I believe in radical honesty even if maybe it's not in my best interest. I'm a fan of traveling, touring, canoeing/camping trips, sandboarding, downhill Big Wheels races, upside down canyon swinging, paratrooper tossing, karaoke, shuttle launches, and seeing crazy things like flaming big rigs in the middle of Arizona.

I don't eat animals or animal products of any kind and I'm atheist. Both of those points are up for discussion, but you won't convince me to eat meat or believe in your god(s). (Except maybe God of Thunder.) If that's your game, you're probably just not my Right People, and that's OK. I still love you. :)

I play guitar (learned how to hand build guitars in India in 2010) like a madman and am releasing a quadruple live double album of Eastern European polka music next week (OK, just kidding).

I've never had the pleasure of working in cubicle hell, but I hear it's...hell.

All of my belongings fit in a 32 Liter backpack (which I purchased on Amazon!) and a computer bag.

I have Ridiculously Extraordinary Freedom.

Product Details

  • File Size: 267 KB
  • Print Length: 98 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Ridiculously Extraordinary Media (April 3, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004Y6GDFW
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #226,357 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars My Favorite of the 5 "Rings" May 17, 2011
By Daniel
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I've followed Karol Gajda's blog (Ridiculously Extraordinary) for several months since reading his ebook, How to Live Anywhere, so I'm somewhat familiar with his outlook and style.

My favorite of the five "Rings" is Experiences. I can identify with the long lasting value of great experiences versus an excess of material possessions and for myself Experiences often help create or cement Relationships (another of the rings) that wouldn't have matured otherwise. Karol does a good job providing the motivation to take action and eliminate the barriers keeping you from enjoying some of the great experiences you've had in mind but just couldn't make progress on.

My least favorite section was probably the Health section. Not because I don't like health of course but rather because I differ somewhat on the path to health and longevity in tandem with ideal body composition. As I mentioned I'm familiar with Karol's other writing so I knew what to expect. I need to emphasize that I absolutely agree with him that the Standard American Diet (SAD) is awful and something anyone interested in better performance and ideal body composition should avoid. I disagree that a vegan or vegetarian diet is the ideal way to achieve that.

I tend to think that some of the benefits of a whole food vegan diet are more attributable to the elimination of certain SAD components. I won't go too far into details since, as Karol encourages in the book, folks should do some research so they can make a decision for themselves. For myself I would prefer to have the lean but well muscled "hunter-gatherer" body type common to omnivorous adherents to a diet of whole vegetables, fruits, nuts and quality meats (with the elimination of sugars, grains of all types and most/all/some dairy).
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Some people need this book. Are you one? May 9, 2011
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This book will be obvious to some people, groundbreaking to others. At the very least it will give you reminders of what's important in life, and most of us need reminders.

Though I am clearly older than the author, I feel a certain kinship for him. We both spent our childhoods in Michigan, and we both play guitar and have traveled a lot. In fact, aside from the passages about veganism, I find most of what he says to be very sensible.

While I am already pretty much TV free and non-materialistic, I look around me and see many people still addicted to junk. By junk, I mean stuff they don't need. Karol's book would be a good start for any of these people.

I was annoyed a bit, though, by the vagabond approach that we can all dump all our stuff and that there nothing a 2 bedroom house can give you that an apartment won't. The book does not address responsible people with families in that sense, and I wouldn't recommend it for someone who is successfully supporting a family. I could pretty much live out of a backpack, and dumped all my accumulated material goods at least a couple times. The first time, I put them in a paid monthly storage for a couple years. After a couple years, I realized I didn't need any of the stuff I was saving. I removed a handful of personal items, pictures, letters, and gave the rest to a broke friend so he could have a garage sale. The only thing I missed was all the money I paid for 2 years to keep all that junk!

Still, that was the single me. Marriage and children change the dynamics greatly. While I might be willing to sleep under a bridge in a pinch, I don't think it would be a great experience for my kids. While love is the most important thing in any home, there are many material things that can help kids quite a lot.
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30 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Power of the Five Rings May 4, 2011
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I'd originally purchased and read this eBook when it was released as a PDF on the author's blog, Ridiculously Extraordinary, in the autumn of 2010. I've read several dozen books on Simplicity and Minimalism over the last decade, many of those from the proliferation of blogger books in the last two years.

Karl's is one of three favorites that I have over that span, the other's being The Art of Being Minimalist (sadly no longer available) and the Simple Guide to a Minimalist Life by Leo Babauta (which if you buy the hardcopy on Amazon you're supporting some jackwagon who "stole" Leo's uncopywrited work...not illegal but VERY shady).

While the other two books are largely philosophical, Karol's is very much experiential.

Each of the five rings represents a major life category and within several of the rings the author presents several Challenges that we can put into action immediately.

Ring 1 speaks to the life category of your health (and not just physical health). While Karol is a Vegan he doesn't force that down your throat. His style is calm and engaging.

Ring 2 speaks to wealth. This is my favorite of the five rings as Karol is an inspiring individual. A former six figure corporate burn-out, he's made an incredibly profitable, sustainable, and thoughtful business out of working for himself. I'm much more likely to listen to a corporate burnout turned successful businessman than I am some kid who makes money selling books about making money selling hope.

Ring 3 speaks to Relationships which is something I very much needed the most work on and appreciated the challenges and advice in this section.

Ring 4 speaks to Experiences and Ring 5 the Void.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book about minimalism
I really enjoyed this short book about minimalism and the luxury of less! I can't wait to get started with the 30-days challenges!
Published 4 days ago by Katarina
5.0 out of 5 stars opened my eyes even more
In a Long time I've read about living simple, but for The first time my thinking id turned.

I belive that this book had made The difference for me, and i can't wait to... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Trine Lykke
4.0 out of 5 stars insight ...good read
A different perspective on living minimally...more information on breaking free from normal...experiencing life. Makes you think ..also useful links to other sights
Published 4 months ago by Hoss Smith
5.0 out of 5 stars great to the point doable book
I really enjoyed this book lots of good advice that gets you thinking and doing. Great ways to make your life and self better and a great action plan to accomplish this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by karen jahn
5.0 out of 5 stars This is a great book; in the spirit of minimalism
This is a great book; in the spirit of minimalism, it is not super long and is really easy to understand. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Michael
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book
This book is not what was expected. I expected a book on downsizing and organizing. It was even better. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Innocent Bystander
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!!!!!!
Best book on minimalism yet! Not your typical book on the subject! I would recommend this book to everyone wanting to get a "LIFE"!!!
Published 7 months ago by Debbie Hall
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not what I expected, but still worthwhile.
Published 7 months ago by Amy H.
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
This book had great practical tips. Things that I have never thought about before. It was also short which made it even better.
Published 8 months ago by Esther Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Well written and motivating
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I've been an entrepreneur since age 19 and have been living out of a 32 Liter backpack (now 36 Liter) since age 28. I'm designing (and soon building) a tiny house. Fun times.

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