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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 311 | Wisdom

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan are joined by Ryan’s wife, Mariah, on the occasion of his 40th birthday, and they talk about the wisdom that accompanies midlife maturity, as well as answer the following questions:

  • When do maturity, wisdom, and knowledge best align?
  • What is Ryan’s favorite dinner?
  • How have your needs in a romantic partnership changed as you move toward your 40s?
  • What is “whataboutism”?
  • How has responding instead of reacting helped your relationship?
  • Are Ryan and Mariah always in agreement regarding their minimalist practices; and, if not, how do they find compromise with one another?
  • How do you find equilibrium in your relationship when an individual is on their minimalist journey but their partner is not?
  • What is the “hedonic treadmill”?
  • What guests have you had at your tour stops?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • “It takes two to tangle.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Compliance is not a prerequisite for love.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Their journey is not your journey.” —Ryan Nicodemus

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