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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 131 | School

In this episode of The Minimalists Podcast, Joshua & Ryan chat with T.K. Coleman about education, college, and careers, and they answer the following questions:

  • How do I move on from my current job when it leaves me little time to pursue an education or even look for a new job?
  • How do I prepare myself adequately for the upcoming challenges of college?
  • How do I determine if I’m following the most appropriate career path for me?
  • How can I avoid work meetings that distract me from meaningful work without upsetting the status quo?



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Minimal Maxims

Joshua & Ryan’s pithy, shareable, less-than-140-character responses. Find more quotes from The Minimalists at

  • “Every princess wants a prince, but so few are willing to kiss the frog to discover him.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You have to love your life for it to become livable.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “The fastest way to get where you want to be is by appreciating where you are and respecting yourself for what you’re doing.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Don’t just have something you’re running from—make sure you also have something you’re running to.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Making progress is more productive than pursuing perfection.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Experimenting with your curiosity yields far more benefits than finding your passion.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You must be willing to walk away from anything if it’s no longer serving a purpose in your life.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “You must not only follow your dreams—you must also let your dreams follow you.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Continuously upgrade your dreams to reflect the person that you’re always in the process of becoming.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Sometimes you must tear down the boundaries you set for yourself to avoid rotting in your self-imposed prisons.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “Desire is what you long for; love is what you’re committed to.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “What would you be willing to do if it cost you everything?” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Adult problems are youth problems left unresolved.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Tomorrow’s road to success is paved by all of yesterday’s many small failures.”
  • “People don’t fear failing per se: people fear failing and being alone, failing and being blamed for it.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Be real with yourself about what you want, take ownership of your path, and don’t be a victim about it.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Freedom is not free—freedom is something you have to take.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You learn more about the ideas you study when you have real world experience to weigh them against.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You can’t know ‘there’ until you go there.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “The most important part of a plan is taking action.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Abandon the permission-based mindset.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “You learn how to create value by creating value.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Start with the results you want to create, or you’ll pursue a purposeless aim.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Learn out loud—document the journey.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Don’t confuse schooling with education.” —Joshua Fields Millburn
  • “The best person to give you any advice on what’s best for you is you.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “Don’t let others’ expectations dictate your decisions.” —Ryan Nicodemus
  • “The only way to know if something is a better fit for you is to try it on.” —T.K. Coleman
  • “Too often we confuse talking about work with actually performing work.” —Joshua Fields Millburn

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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