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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 069 | Values

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan discuss their values, principles, and beliefs, and they answer the following questions:

  • What does the phrase “add value” mean?
  • When you quit a job you’ve held for a long time, how do you find your new identity separate from the identity you created through your job?
  • When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it?

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

  • Joshua on passing minimalist ideals onto children living in a materialistic society: “To demonstrate our values, we must do more than tell—we must show.”
  • Ryan on passing minimalist ideals onto children living in a materialistic society: “Leading by example is the best way to transfer our values and beliefs to others.”
  • Joshua on how minimalism changed his values: “Minimalism didn’t change my values—it helped me discover what my values are.”
  • Ryan on how minimalism changed his values: “Minimalism helped me stop giving my values lip service and start taking action.”
  • Joshua on values that don’t give us joy: “If you are living by your values, but aren’t happy, consider changing what you value.”
  • Ryan on values that don’t give us joy: “If something you value is making you unhappy, you may not value that thing as much as you thought.”

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