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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 246 | The Lacking

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua and Ryan discuss the fear of missing out (FOMO), the joy of missing out (JOMO), and how to be content in the midst of uncertainty with author, theologian, and philosopher Peter Rollins, and they answer the following questions:

  • What is ‘the lack’?
  • What is the difference between freedom and determinism?
  • What are hypothetical and categorical imperatives?
  • Can too much freedom cause anxiety?
  • How do I find satisfaction with my current situation rather than constantly searching for something new?
  • What is the difference between desire and drive?
  • Why do most of us seem to crave change?
  • What is the burden of freedom?
  • What is the ‘lack of the secret’ compared to the ‘secret of the lack’?
  • How can I curb my constant desire for new things?
  • Is our desire for the new related to our past?
  • What is guilt?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • “New isn’t better—it’s merely newer.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “New products don’t equal a new you.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “The box is often more addictive than the product.” —Peter Rollins

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