Unreasonable Living

tiny houseYesterday I hung out with some friends who are thinking of moving to my small town of Woodland Park, CO. As I was showing them around we were talking about the house they want to build. All 300 square feet of it.

In a culture where bigger is better and more impressive, this couple wants to go ultra small. They’re tired of unused and wasted space and they’re going to simplify their lives in a big way when they make their next move.

I don’t care what size house you live in or how much stuff you have, but I think you should be unreasonable.

Be unreasonable in your marriage: don’t settle for average, strive for greatness.

Be unreasonable in your work: don’t settle for an ok job, fall in love with your work.

Be unreasonable in your relationships: don’t settle for surface level, go deep, get vulnerable, and know everything about the people you do life with.

Be unreasonable with your schedule: five days a week of nine to five is boring. Mix it up and include your family at odd times.

Unreasonable for me is the only way to live. What do you need to do to become more unreasonable?

Author: Justin Lukasavige

I help businesses do business better and I love what I do.

  • We should all be more unreasonable, never settling for normal.  Who wants to be average when you can be extraordinary.  All it takes is action.  Often, it only takes a series of small actions that will lead to something much better.  We all want something better, so why do we settle?  I can think of several areas in my life that I need to be more unreasonable.  Thanks for the great post Justin

  • 300 square feet is extreme! I am taking small steps to extreme living like shifting to working four 10 hour days and then working on the side-business various hours over the weekend to maximize time with my family. 

  • This rocks Justin! (I’ve become a huge fan through Michael btw)
    I love, love unreasonable living!!!

    Gonna have a place in Sardinia. Yup. So, need to simplify and become location independent work wise. Which we are working on as I type 🙂

  • I’ll also add overcoming fear to your taking action, Claudia. That could be the hardest part in moving. It is for me.

  • I would like what you wrote about, along with being unreasonably rich.  The sun is shining, my day is open and somebody already paved the road I’m going to use to visit a friend.  So I guess I already am unreasonably rich.   

  • I would LOVE to live in an 800 sq foot house.   I think I could really live in one.  Now, just to convince my wife this is the way to go once the kids are out of the house.  🙂

  • Justin, good post. I’m on the road to becoming unreasonable in work and life. For a house, I don’t care so much about the size as I do about the view. I love the mountains and want a better view. There’s other reasons to eventually move, but getting a better view is one of them. 

  • That view speaks to me too, Spencer. Keep at it.

  • I am never fearful! 😉 Thanks for the reminder.

  • Love this!  Goes well with the evolution of my keynotes for youth “Normal Is Overrated” (www.kentjulian.com).  

    What’s more, you really live this out Justin. You’re always pushing the envelop in a good way. Keep pushing us, my friend.

  • Thanks, Kent. Here’s to never settling.

  • Don Current

    I’ll add “Be unreasonable in your family” – add 3 kids to your existing 3. Of course, that probably rules out the 300 sq. ft. house! 🙂

  • So true, Don. You’re living the unreasonable life. And very well, too.

  • Terissa Miller

    How ’bout:
    “Be unreasonable in your Christ-following” – ?
    It seems, over the years, that when we’ve walked seriously unreasonable paths – it was when God led us there.  Of course, there is a fine line between ‘unreasonable’ and just ‘stupid.’  The hard part is figuring out which it is, I guess.  Praying, praying…digging into God’s word…seeking counsel…having eyes-to-see and ears-to-hear God’s guidance…

  • That’s great, Teri. I’ve been trying hard over the past 18 months to listen to God, do whatever I can to follow that leading, and great things are happening because of it.

  • I love this stand, exactly what my family has been plowing through in defining our lives independent of the expectations of others. Also, you used a photo from http://www.tumbleweedhouses.com/. I’ve been looking at these for years now and hope that we can make it happen in the near future.

  • Let me know if you do, Ryan. I have a friend very close to building one here.