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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 062 | Friends

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss friends, family, acquaintances, and coworkers, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do you reconcile your relationships with friends that have values and beliefs that starkly contrast with your own?
  • How do you minimize the chaos caused by certain people in your life?
  • How do you use breakups as catalysts for positive change?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on managing the obligations of social media and social events: “Schedule ‘you’ time before anything else, and then fill out the rest of your calendar accordingly.”
  • Ryan on managing the obligations of social media and social events: “Saying ‘no’ doesn’t make you a bad friend, especially when it enables you to say ‘yes’ to life’s most important things.”
  • Joshua on ridiculous questions regarding friends: “Q: Does minimalism mean I have to let go of my friends? A: No, minimalism allows us to better prioritize our most important relationships.”
  • Ryan on ridiculous questions regarding friends: “Q: How do I make all of my best friends become minimalists? A: You don’t make your friends do anything.”
  • Joshua on determining who among our friends are true friends, as opposed to those people that are just using us: “You can be used only if you’re useful.”
  • Ryan on determining who among our friends are true friends, as opposed to those people that are just using us: “You get to choose what you do with your time—not anyone else. Choose wisely.”
  • Joshua on using the silent treatment to let go of former friends: “Silence speaks volumes.”
  • Ryan on using the silent treatment to let go of former friends: “Don’t avoid important conversations.”
  • Joshua on the differences between family, friends, and acquaintances: “Family will suffer for you; friends will support you; acquaintances will be there when it’s convenient.”
  • Ryan on the differences between family, friends, and acquaintances: “I invest in people who are invested in me, regardless of whose blood they have in their veins.”
  • Joshua on maintaining healthy relationships with friends who don’t share the same values: “Values are the bedrock of friendship.”
  • Ryan on maintaining healthy relationships with friends who don’t share the same values: “Being friends with someone whose values don’t align with yours is possible, but it isn’t easy.”

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