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Podcast 087 | Balance

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan visit Cincinnati, and they answer the following questions:

  • What questions have your audience members posed that have made you reevaluate your values and beliefs?
  • What questions did you ask yourself when you were younger to help you determine that happiness was more important to you than material success?
  • What advice do you have for people who seem to take minimalism to an extreme, or for those who offend others with their obsession with minimalism?
  • What suggestions do you have for those who want to quit their corporate jobs but need to maintain their level of corporate benefits for the welfare of their family members?
  • How do you maintain balance between your five core values?
  • Is there a question you wish audience members would ask that they have not yet asked?



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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character answers to the lightning-round questions:

  • Joshua on maintaining benefits without a corporate job: “When you don’t know the answer to something, the three most powerful words are ‘I don’t know.’”
  • Joshua bonus maxim: “Money is part of the equation, but it is not the primary driver for doing what I do.”
  • Ryan on maintaining benefits without a corporate job: “Minimalism is not about having an easy life—it’s about having a well-curated life.”
  • Joshua on finding balance among values: “You’re only as strong as your weakest value.”
  • Ryan on finding balance among values: “Your priorities are not what you say they are—they are what you do.”
  • Joshua on the ideal question: “Every question is the ideal question to the person that posed it.”
  • Ryan on the ideal question: “I don’t have a preconceived notion of what the perfect question should be.”

Mentioned in This Episode

This episode was produced by Shawn Harding. Our theme music was written and performed by Peter Doran. Our podcast is completely free, so if you find value in these episodes, please consider donating a dollar. Your donations help keep this podcast advertisement-free (because advertisements suck).

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