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Podcast 046 | Letgo

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about the different influences that helped them let go, and they answer the following questions:

  • When did you realize minimalism was the right path for you, and what brought you to that realization?
  • How do we help budding adults struggling with the overwhelm of consumption, and how do we do a better job helping our children adopt minimalist practices early so they don’t find themselves struggling through similar situations later in life?
  • Do you believe you still would have adopted minimalism even if you had not “had it all”?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Ryan on receiving unneeded gifts: “When you receive a gift, it’s yours now—you can do whatever you want with it.”
  • Joshua on receiving unneeded gifts: “Let it go: it’s just stuff.”
  • Ryan on the most difficult thing to give up: “Identity is one of the hardest things to let go: it takes a lot to see ourselves differently.”
  • Joshua on the most difficult thing to give up: “Letting go of our attachment to stuff is difficult, but necessary.”
  • Ryan on practicing minimalism among roommates who do not practice minimalism: “Showing respect is the best method of persuasion.”
  • Joshua on practicing minimalism among roommates who do not practice minimalism: “Don’t preach—teach.”
  • Ryan on minimizing the time requisite to achieve a goal: “Unorganized or unclear goals lead to discontent.”
  • Joshua on minimizing the time requisite to achieve a goal: “Discover what’s essential to reach your objective, and then eliminate the rest.”
  • Ryan on reconciling minimalist values with family and friends with non-minimalist values: “It’s important to love, support, and respect family—and more important to never act against your values and beliefs.”
  • Joshua on reconciling minimalist values with family and friends with non-minimalist values: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”

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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcasts are completely free, so if you found value in this episode, and you’d like to help us produce more, please consider donating a dollar to The Minimalists. Your donations help keep this podcast 100% advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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