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Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

Day 10: Everything

Everything Ryan and Joshua

Everything You Need (Unpacking Part 7)


On Day 10 I didn’t unpacked anything.

I’m going to say that again.

On Day 10: I. Didn’t. Unpack. Anything.

Not a thing.

I have everything I need already.


How often do you say that you need something? You know: I need a new pair of shoes, I need to run to the store to pick up that new widget, I needs me some mo’ money.

I need, I need, I need.

Perhaps you need to chose your words more carefully.

Yes, there are times when you do need something. Sometimes you really do need a new pair of shoes or a new winter coat or triple tall soy latte (Ryan: Josh, you don’t need that). You obviously need food and water and housing and clothes. And one can easily argue that you also need things like your health, your friends, your relationships, your sanity.

The point is there are many things you do need. But the vast majority of things we think we need, are things we want. And they are often things that we don’t need at all.

The truth is that you already have everything you need.

Look around. You’ll never need more than this.

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