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Podcast 074 | Boston

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan bring their Less Is Now Tour to Boston, and they answer the following questions:

  • Once your needs are met for the month, what do you do with your remaining money?
  • How can minimalism help with significant transitions in our everyday lives?
  • As an artist who creates physical artifacts, how do I reconcile that with being a minimalist?
  • Have there been moments when you’ve struggled when considering purchasing an item or letting go of an item?
  • How do explain your recent adoption of minimalism to your maximalist friends and family members, especially when it pertains to gifts?
  • How do you find the willpower to let go of sentimental items and family heirlooms?
  • How did you overcome the adversity of being disadvantaged in your youth to achieve the success you enjoy today?
  • Can you quantify the ideal minimalist wardrobe for a child?
  • How do you assess the value of relationships?
  • Once you’ve downsized, minimized, and eliminated everything, where do you go from there?
  • How do I get my family members to adopt minimalism?

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

  • Joshua on explaining the benefits of minimalism to family and friends: “You might be broke if you have a car payment, you have a credit card payment, you have a credit card, you have a student loan payment, you have a 30-year mortgage.”
  • Ryan on explaining the benefits of minimalism to family and friends: “The people in your life who love and appreciate you will support you no matter what.”
  • Joshua on letting go of sentimental items and family heirlooms: “I’ve never regretted anything I’ve let go of, but if I ever do, I’ll let go of the regret.”
  • Ryan on letting go of sentimental items and family heirlooms: “If you don’t ever start letting go, you’re going to be waiting the rest of your life.”
  • Joshua on overcoming adversity and realizing your potential: “There are two reasons we make changes: fear and meaning. And I feared staying in my previous life more than I feared making the change.”
  • Ryan on overcoming adversity and realizing your potential: “If you just want to be rich, go get a sales job. But you’re going to fucking hate it.”
  • Joshua on the ideal minimalist wardrobe for a child: “Full price is often the intentional price because sale price is fool price.”
  • Ryan on the ideal minimalist wardrobe for a child: “You and your husband get to set boundaries: you don’t need anyone’s permission but your own to do anything.”
  • Joshua on assessing the true value of our relationships: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Ryan on assessing the true value of our relationships: “It doesn’t matter whose blood someone has in their veins: I invest in people who invest in me.”
  • Joshua on what to do when the decluttering’s done: “In order to live a meaningful life you must align your short-term actions with your long-term values.”
  • Ryan on what to do when the decluttering’s done: “If you aren’t clear on what your values and beliefs are, you’re going to be lost the rest of your life.”
  • Joshua on convincing family members to adopt minimalism: “People don’t hate change: they hate being changed.”
  • Ryan on convincing family members to adopt minimalism: “If you truly love your friends and family and want them to be happy, you’ll support them in their happiness.”

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This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcast is completely free, so if you find value in these episodes, please consider donating a dollar. Your donations help keep this podcast advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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