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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 085 | Shopping

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan talk about shopping, and they answer the following questions:

  • Do you ever splurge on anything?
  • How do I justify purchasing something new to replace something that is still functional, but has lost its luster?
  • How do I quell my feelings of guilt after purchasing new items?
  • How do I reconcile my need to sell merchandise for my livelihood with my need to hold true to my minimalism values?
  • How can I create a profitable minimalist store?
  • What are good questions to ask myself before I go shopping?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on aligning values: “Intentional creators focus on creating value, not urgency.”
  • Ryan on aligning values: “If you’re adding value to people’s lives, you needn’t sell them trinkets to earn a living; offer them something that they will find immense value in instead.”
  • Joshua on commodifying minimalism: “Meaning and purpose are lost when profit is the motive.”
  • Ryan on commodifying minimalism: “Selling minimalism is like selling water to a fish.”
  • Joshua on questions to ask yourself before shopping: “Before bringing something new into your life, ask yourself: Will this add value? Can I afford this? What is the true cost?”
  • Ryan on questions to ask yourself before shopping: “Make a list before you go shopping, and then don’t buy anything that is not on your list.”

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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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