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Podcast 084 | Nonline

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan speak with Patrick Rhone, author of Enough, in Minneapolis, and they answer the following questions:

  • Is America’s consumerism more nefarious than that of other countries that therefore makes practicing minimalism even more crucial in the United States?
  • Is it better to use up what you have, or is it better to sell it, donate it, or give it away?
  • Should I hang onto the things I purchased for the person I want to become?
  • Are there similarities between the principles of living in Frankl’s Man’s Search for Meaning and the principles of minimalism?
  • Where should I draw the line with memorabilia?
  • Is it possible for me to live a minimalist lifestyle while making a living selling other people things they don’t need?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on recognizing life-changing events: “We all experience car crashes in life: the question isn’t about the crash—the question is about what we do after the crash.”
  • Ryan on recognizing life-changing events: “For us to make a major change in our lives, sometimes we must have a major catastrophe—but we shouldn’t have to wait for that moment.”
  • Patrick on recognizing life-changing events: “Every moment is a fresh opportunity to make a new start.”
  • Joshua on drawing the line with memorabilia: “The winner is not determined by the trophy.”
  • Ryan on drawing the line with memorabilia: “Even if you win a gold medal, it doesn’t matter how many you hold onto—you’re going to have to work your ass off to win another one next year.”
  • Patrick on drawing the line with memorabilia: “When you win that gold medal, how many fingers will you be holding up?”
  • Joshua on practices that conflict with our values: “If your actions don’t align with your values, you’ll continue to experience a chasm of discontent.”
  • Ryan on on practices that conflict with our values: “If you want to live a discontented life, live outside your values and beliefs—but you’re certainly not going to be happy.”
  • Patrick on practices that conflict with our values: “Tell your own story of your life, and, by doing so, you will help others live their lives better.”

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