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Podcast 079 | Collisions

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan visit Chicago, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do you deal with the collisions with the values and beliefs of the non-minimalists in your life?
  • How do I donate items to different charities when I don’t have a car to haul the items to those charities?
  • What questions did you ask yourself to determine your passions, and what actions did you take to pursue those passions?
  • What have you learned about yourself that you weren’t able to recognize before adopting minimalism?
  • How can I meet my daily personal and professional obligations without a smartphone?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on what he’s learned about himself after adopting minimalism: “Patience is a choice.”
  • Ryan on what he’s learned about himself after adopting minimalism: “My priorities aren’t what I say they are—they’re what I actually do.”
  • Joshua on meeting obligations without a smartphone: “What is driving you crazy may not be the tool itself, but how you’re using the tool.”
  • Ryan on meeting obligations without a smartphone: “It doesn’t matter what boulder you’re carrying: you picked it up, and you can set it down.”

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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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