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Podcast 097 | Sidehustle

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan speak with Chris Guillebeau, author of Side Hustle, in Portland, Oregon, and they answer the following questions:

  • How often do you recommend reassessing your values to ensure your short-term actions still align with your long-term goals?
  • When is bankruptcy the appropriate option for those people that are struggling with their finances?
  • How do I help my partner adopt minimalist practices?
  • What ideas, concepts, and skills did you glean from Corporate America that helped you in your minimalist journey?
  • Do you believe the philosophy of minimalism you have adopted has informed your spirituality?
  • When you’re at home, what kinds of meals do you cook, what kitchen utensils do you use to prepare them, and how long does it typically take to make them?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on lessons from Corporate America: “I couldn’t be the person I am today without my past wins and losses.”
  • Ryan on lessons from Corporate America: “You’re in the wrong job if it doesn’t align with the person you want to become.”
  • Chris on lessons from Corporate America: “It’s not the work you do, it’s how you do it—that’s the value that can transfer.”
  • Joshua on minimalism and spirituality: “Our material clutter is a physical manifestation of our internal clutter: mental clutter, financial clutter, and spiritual clutter.”
  • Ryan on minimalism and spirituality: “It does not matter what religion you follow or what god you worship—they all want you to live a simple life.”
  • Chris on minimalism and spirituality: “Getting rid of the excess allows you to figure out what you believe in.”
  • Joshua on appropriate diets: “Bring into your life only that which is appropriate.”
  • Ryan on appropriate diets: “It doesn’t matter how good your excuse may seem, it’s never good enough to justify eating unhealthy foods.”
  • Chris on appropriate diets: “There’s always something we should be proud of, and there’s always more we can do.”

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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcast is completely free, so if you find value in these episodes, please consider donating a dollar. Your donations help keep this podcast advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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