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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 080 | Family

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about their families, and they answer the following family-related questions:

  • How does caring for others fit into minimalism?
  • How do you pitch minimalism to folks that are resistant to getting rid of their stuff?
  • How do I part with gifts from family and friends without offending the gift-givers?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua Bonus Maxim: “The price of the thing is not the value of the thing.”
  • Joshua on explaining minimalism to family and friends: “Actions speak louder than pontification.”
  • Ryan on explaining minimalism to family and friends: “No matter how one lives a meaningful life, showing always works better than telling.”
  • Joshua on preparing for the birth of a child: “Lower your expectations; raise your standards.”
  • Ryan on preparing for the birth of a child: “When one lives an authentic life, they needn’t change a thing.”
  • Joshua on judging others: “Why do you look at the clutter in your brother’s room, but fail to notice the clutter in your own?”
  • Ryan on judging others: “Judging others never helps; accepting and appreciating others, warts and all, is the best way to help others move forward.”

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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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