Cal Newport, the author of Digital Minimalism, asks us to uninstall all apps from our smartphones for a month. Tested by this period of absence, he then asks us to bring back only the valuable ones into our lives.
Marie Kondo asks us to heap all our clothes in a pile that is meant for discarding, and only decide to keep the few pieces that spark joy as we hold them in our hands.
Elon Musk is an advocate of learning from scratch – of discarding everything he knows about a particular concept and derive it again from the first principles.
The status-quo (also called ownership) adds inertia to our wardrobe, our habits and even our knowledge. We carry these things along not because they serve us, but because we always have.
A reset helps us disregard ownership and see something for what it is really worth.