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Podcast 088 | Respond

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

  • How do you respond to people who resign themselves to situations by saying, “That’s just the way it is”?
  • How do you manage to continue to grow and to cultivate open minds and soft hearts?
  • What advice do you have for saying ‘no’ to people and to activities you like in order to avoid becoming overly committed and stressed?
  • What struggles and expectations have you had to address since becoming ‘The Minimalists’?
  • What do you recommend to a minimalist who is living among a group of people who have no interest in minimalism?
  • What are you really excited about right now?



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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on staying true to your own expectations: “A congruent life is a well-lived life.”
  • Ryan on staying true to your own expectations: “Don’t just say ‘no’ for the sake of saying ‘no’—be clear on what you’re saying ‘yes’ to.”
  • Joshua on living in harmony with non-minimalists: “On a long enough timeline everything is ephemeral.”
  • Joshua bonus maxim: “Beware of drowning people—they will also drown you.”
  • Ryan on living in harmony with non-minimalists: “I would not recommend moving back in with your parents and then telling them they have to get rid of all of their shit.”
  • Joshua on what he’s most excited about in the present: “Rebecca.”
  • Ryan on what he’s most excited about in the present: “The opportunity to examine new topics through the lens of minimalism in future projects.”

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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