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Podcast 081 | Bloodchocolate

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua injures himself at a rest stop & Ryan eats chocolate in front of a crowd in Madison, Wisconsin, and they answer the following questions:

  • What tips and tricks do you have regarding moving?
  • How can you grow side hustles without increasing mental clutter and losing focus?
  • How much chocolate is too much chocolate for a minimalist?
  • What do you do when you’re a minimalist, but your partner has no interest in minimalism?
  • How do you become successful without becoming obsessed with goal achievement?
  • How does minimalism apply to kids?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on chocolate limits: “Food is not entertainment.”
  • Ryan on chocolate limits: “It doesn’t matter how much chocolate you eat—if you have a void, chocolate is probably the last thing that’s going to fill that void.”
  • Joshua on introducing partners to minimalism: “Ask them to ask themselves: ‘How might my life be better with less?’”
  • Ryan on introducing partners to minimalism: “In order to have meaningful relationships, you must support those people. But it’s impossible to support someone if they don’t support you back.”
  • Joshua on finding success without obsessing over goals: “Let go of your goals, and, instead, travel in the right direction.”
  • Ryan on on finding success without obsessing over goals: “Don’t water down your goals with more goals. But regardless of how many goals you have, it doesn’t mean anything without taking massive action.”
  • Joshua on minimalism and kids: “No matter your age, no matter your race, no matter your level of income, no matter your perceived status—everyone can benefit from living a more meaningful life.”
  • Ryan on minimalism and kids: “Kids! Become minimalists now before you have to in the future.”

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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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