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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 Netflix films. The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Boston Globe, Forbes, TIME, ABC, CBS, NBC, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

Podcast 284 | Think the Opposite

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan discuss how we’re too often led astray by the status quo and how we can benefit from doing the opposite, and they answer the following questions:

  • What does it mean to be authentic?
  • What is so problematic about trends?
  • Can we find meaning in suffering?
  • Why are opinions so inconsequential?
  • When have you benefited from thinking the opposite?
  • I’m being advised by my ethics class in college that retirement is detrimental to our growth and development as human beings—do you think that is true?
  • What is the best kind of growth?
  • Some of the worst advice I’ve received is, “Fake it until you make it”—what is wrong with being a work in progress?
  • How is all advice flawed advice?
  • Do we improve our lives more by addition or subtraction?

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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at

  • “All advice is flawed advice.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Progress is achieved not through addition but through subtraction.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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