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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, BBC, CBC, and NPR.

Podcast 112 | 2017

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan present their favorite moments from 2017, and they answer the following questions:

  • The workload at my current job consistently flows over into my personal time on my evenings and weekends, and it causes me a great deal of stress and anxiety in doing so—should I stick it out, and, if so, how do I manage the stress and anxiety?
  • What are the most responsible clothing manufacturers that produce the highest quality clothing?
  • How do I deal with setbacks and failure when I’m challenged by a mental illness?
  • When you experience major life events, do you find your values change, and, if so, what do you do about it?
  • How do you handle a toxic relationship with a parent?
  • How do you determine which sentimental items to keep, and how do you ensure that you don’t apply that sentimentality to everything else?
  • What advice do you have for creating a realistic value-based budget and adhering to it?

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Minimal Maxims

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

  • Joshua on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “Victims become victimizers.”
  • Joshua on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “You can’t change the people around you, but you can change the people around you.”
  • Ryan on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “Don’t go out of your way to support someone and forsake your own meaningful life.”
  • Rob Bell on addressing toxic relationships with family members: “Some people you have to love from a distance.”

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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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