Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things that clutter our lives so we can make room for life's most important things - which actually aren't things at all.
At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus walked away from their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on what's truly important. In their debut book, Joshua and Ryan, authors of the popular website TheMinimalists.com, explore their troubled pasts and descent into depression. Though they had achieved the American Dream, they worked ridiculous hours, wastefully spent money, and lived paycheck to paycheck. Instead of discovering their passions, they pacified themselves with ephemeral indulgences, which only led to more debt, depression, and discontent.
After a pair of life-changing events, Joshua and Ryan discovered minimalism, allowing them to eliminate their excess material things so they could focus on life's most important things: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution.
©2015 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus (P)2016 Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus
With little to no background research, these guys use their past history and personal advice to try and improve your life by living in a minimalist way for you. However most chapters came across as judgemental and many of their arguments were just plain stupid. Friends and family dont just fall into three categories and relationships can be very complex. Their recommendations on diet were just ridiculous. cutting out meat, sugar, dairy and gluten just because you tried it and it worked for you doesn't make it a minimal approach to eating well. The whole concept of nutrition and changes that can be maintained were glossed over. A minimal approach can be great however I did not feel that these guys were very good at explaining what that even means. A minimalist book made for plebs. I was not able to finish it, I snapped and turned it off after around chapter 6.
"Tight version of stuff you can learn on podcast"
As with their other books, you probably don’t need it as the podcast covers the same material. But this is a tightly organized version of their message. I think it has a lot of value that other minimalism books miss because it focuses on the why. Why do you want to live a minimalist life? Just getting rid of your stuff doesn’t help because you'll just replace it, as happened to me after reading the Tidying Up books. This shows you the value of living a more deliberate life and the things you can improve (health, relationships. passions, growth, contributions to the world) with the extra time and money you'll have. Nothing stellar, just nuts and bolts. It was useful to me. Grade: A-
Excellent narration. I’m used to their voices from the podcast but Justin Malik is so good that I hear their voices in him now.
"Simplicity meets happiness!"
My life is now simpler and happier! Many Thanks! Excellent narrator, thought process and message!
I enjoyed the message and the overall authenticity of the authors and their willingness to pay their experience forward. This book is a great opportunity to contemplate what is important in life and re-evaluate priorities. I would highly recommend it.
"Best $6.95 I have ever spent."
If you want to know the recipe to live a meaningful life then I highly suggest to purchased this book! Ryan and Joshua did a great job breaking it down.
Thanks you guys and see you in SF!
"So much value"
I got a lot of value from this book. It's narrator does a great job and has a very calming voice to listen to.
I'm a fan of the minimalists and I found this book to be a good reference on values and why they are necessary in living a more intentional life.
for years I constantly tried to fit more in and make monumental changes with relentless effort.
After completely burning out I realized that I had to let a number of projects remain unfinished and focus on my mental and physical health. Had I found this book 10 years ago and been smart enough to recognize it's tremendous value I could have saved years of rebuilding and redesigning my life
"Simple and powerful"
Sometimes, the best advice is simple but in its point of purpose - powerful. This book is that, and I plan to read and listen to their advice multiple times while I work actively in the values of being mindful and whole.
"I really wanted to get into this book but the narrator sounds so bored and drones on and on."
Think: the worst lecture you've been to whee you can tell the professor couldn't care LESS about their job and is simply going through the motions of spewing information. Highly disappointed.
"Advice for life, not for reducing"
Don't get me wrong, there was some really great life advice in this book. The problem is, I Know I should eat more vegetables. However, most days I work at an insane pace until I realize I'm famished and grab a bag of something processed. I don't have time to plan to eat healthy. The same principle applies to their advice for relationships, volunteering, etc. What I was looking for was advice on reducing the day-to-day crunch of middle class American life...and this book was not that.
That said, it was very well written and I'll probably check out their website for a follow up.
"Great content , awesome in fact ; not so great narration!"
Excellent detail undone by poor and lackluster narration. Great content and passion largely undone . Still worth listening .
really great book. full of great ideas and personal challenges. a must read for anyone who wants to change their life around.
Good, practical content. Helpful if you are starting out towards an uncluttered lifestyle. Ryan and Joshua clearly lay out what has worked for them.
I was expecting a lot more after watching the Minimalism documentary. I felt everything was skimmed over, and I am left disappointed.
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