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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, FOX, BBC, and NPR.

Podcast 262 | Materialism

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan talk about the high price of materialism, and they answer the following questions:

  • What is a ‘curative’?
  • Why is it important to recognize our discontent?
  • Is money entirely problematic?
  • Why does it seem most of us continue to make terrible financial decisions when we’re poor?
  • Do celebrities influence society with their bad habits?
  • How do I strengthen my focus on minimalism to avoid materialism?
  • How do I get my family’s buy-in regarding minimalism?
  • Is it reasonable to be expected to pay to avoid materialistic ads?
  • What should I do with stuff I love when I don’t have space available for it?
  • What is our language problem?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • “We don’t value the right things because we opt for anything.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “If you’re not paying for the product, you’re likely the product.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Love people and use things because the opposite never works.” —The Minimalists
  • “There’s no such thing as toxic love.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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