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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus help over 20 million people live meaningful lives with less through their website, books, podcast, and documentary. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 072 | Pittsburgh

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan kick off their Less Is Now Tour in Pittsburgh, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I maintain a minimal wardrobe when I have a career that depends on appearance?
  • Who influenced you to adopt minimalism?
  • What are your passions?
  • How do you stay focused on your minimalism practices and resist falling off the wagon?
  • How do I appropriately minimize a sentimental item that was made specifically for me?
  • How do I find my mission in life?
  • When I’m moving, how do I best determine what to keep?
  • How does minimalism help the grieving and coping process?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on practicing meditation: “Our material possessions are a physical manifestation of what’s going on inside us.”
  • Ryan on practicing meditation: “It only takes a minute to clear some mental clutter.”
  • Joshua on managing daily tasks: “My short-term actions must align with my long-term values every day.”
  • Ryan on managing daily tasks: “Exercise. Meditate. Contribute.”
  • Joshua on finding motivation: “Pass.”
  • Ryan on finding motivation: “It’s okay to veg out, but if you veg out too much, you become a vegetable.”
  • Joshua on addressing toxic relationships: “Victims become victimizers.”
  • Ryan on addressing toxic relationships: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Joshua on minimizing digital clutter: “You’ll never reach the end of the Internet, so stop trying.”
  • Ryan on minimizing digital clutter: “Simple is not easy. Purge relentlessly. Curate carefully.”
  • Joshua on getting rid of gifts you don’t want: “The only person’s permission you need is your own. The best way to deal with clutter is before it happens.”
  • Ryan on getting rid of gifts you don’t want: “When someone gives you a gift, they want to make you happy; if your life would be happier without that gift, I assure you they would want you to get rid of it.”
  • Joshua on regrets: “Successes are composed of fragments of failures.”
  • Ryan on regrets: “If I die with no regrets, I’ll really regret that.”

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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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