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The Minimalists

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.

Everything You Need


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 need more money to be happy.

I need, I need, I need.

Perhaps we need to choose our words more carefully.

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

The point is there are many things that we 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.

Let’s face it:

We don’t need a ton of possessions to feel secure (instead, you can find security in having less).

We don’t need a TV in every room of our homes (instead, you can have one TV, or you can throw your TV off your roof).

We don’t need an entire library of books to show that we can read (instead, read a book and return it to the library).

We don’t need to plan every moment of every day (instead, allow yourself more free time).

We don’t need to say “yes” to everything (instead, learn to say no when necessary).

We don’t need a soul crushing day job (instead, you can find your mission in life and live it).

And you never need to give up.

If you recall, Joshua is proving that he already has everything he needs by not buying anything this year. That doesn’t mean you should do the same thing. Minimalism isn’t about not buying stuff, minimalism is about getting rid of superfluous excess so you can focus on what’s important in life.

The truth is that you already have everything you need.

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