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Podcast 107 | Giving

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan speak with Scott Harrison, founder of Charity Water, in New York City, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I help my child adopt minimalist practices without ruining their childhood expectations of the holidays?
  • How do I address the stress from my passions so I don’t lose my love for them?
  • How do I overcome the fear of leaving a ‘safe’ job with corporate benefits for a more independent pursuit that’s better aligned with my passions?
  • How do I get my partner to accept and embrace minimalism?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on leaving ‘safe’ corporate jobs: “Security is a misnomer.”
  • Joshua on leaving ‘safe’ corporate jobs: “It is not the security blanket that brings one security.”
  • Ryan on leaving ‘safe’ corporate jobs: “To have a job that brings you security just so you can live a life that you hate is never worth it.”
  • Scott on leaving ‘safe’ corporate jobs: “If you’re working a job you hate just to pay the bills—get out.”
  • Joshua on coercing others into minimalism: “Forced minimalism ain’t minimalism.”
  • Ryan on coercing others into minimalism: “Don’t spend too much time investing in people who don’t invest in you.”
  • Scott on coercing others into minimalism: “You can quietly start without them.”

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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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