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The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers. As featured on: ABC, CBS, NBC, BBC, TODAY, NPR, TIME, Forbes, The Atlantic, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and National Post. They live in Missoula, Montana.

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We started this site to add value to other people’s lives.

When we embarked on our journey and began simplifying our own lives a few years ago, we discovered myriad benefits and then realized we weren’t the only people who would benefit from the simpler life.

So we started telling our story and discovered something amazing: when you add value to people’s lives, they are eager to share your message with their friends and family. Whenever something resonates, we tend to share it—people are intrinsically wired to share value with others. Adding value is a basic human instinct.

Because of the power of sharing, this site has grown to more than 4 million readers. And the site continues to grow today. Hundreds of thousands of people subscribe via email and follow our inspirational messages on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

We’re grateful for every person who reads our content, finds worth in our words, and shares our message. We appreciate you; we want you here. We don’t, however, want anyone to feel obligated to support our site if they don’t continue to find value here. We understand that our message will not resonate with everyone. So if you stop finding value in our words, feel free to unsubscribe or unfollow. You won’t hurt our feelings. Scouts honor. We’d rather you spend your time and attention on something that adds value to your life. We want you to be happy, and so the last thing we want to do is add to the clutter.

This rule shouldn’t apply to only our website, though. No one needs to be offended when someone “unfriends” them on Facebook or stops following them on Twitter. But unfortunately, many people feel hurt, disrespected, or disregarded when someone leaves their online social circle. Instead of feeling offended—instead of questioning the other person’s intentions—we need to realize that we can’t add value to everyone all the time, and that even though someone found value in us previously, that doesn’t mean they will necessarily find value now or in the future. People often grow in different directions; that’s the beauty of life.

That said, if you do find merit in our words here at The Minimalists, then please continue to share our essays via email and social media (you can find a list of our most popular essays here). Help us spread the word. We appreciate the love. Thank you for being part of a movement that is bigger than any one (or two) person(s).