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Podcast 098 | Horizons

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

  • As dedicated minimalists, what do you want the world to look like in five years?
  • How important do you believe the history of minimalism is to the current minimalism movement?
  • Do you believe taking on some student debt is a more effective use of your time than working 16+ hour-days for years to pay for a college education?
  • What are some tricks and tips for getting rid of heirlooms?
  • How do we help children adopt minimalism?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on taking on student loan debt: “Don’t confuse schooling with education.”
  • Ryan on taking on student loan debt: “Graduating college with zero debt is going to feel so much better than graduating college with a lot of debt.”
  • Ryan on heirlooms: “If you don’t want to hold on to your shit, your kids definitely don’t want to hold on to your shit.”
  • Joshua on helping children adopt minimalism: “Your actions shape your child’s future self.”

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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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