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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

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Watch the documentary on Netflix

I loved the documentary on Netflix so was excited to get the book on Audible.

The narrator (NOT the author) was so dispassionate, no feeling in his voice, I wish it had been read by one of the authors of this book because it just didn’t engage me. Also it was really nothing to do with minimalism at all! Not worth the credit, sorry, and I really wanted to love it as I had the documentary.

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This has changed my life!

This book allows one to assess one's life and move toward a happier, more fullfilled existence. I can relate to feeling like my stuff ownes me and that I have little time, energy and resources to nourish the things that matter to me and add value to my life. The concepts in this book are simple, easy to understand, and make so much sense. I have began to make changes in my life and am feeling much better already. Thank you for sharing your wisdom Joshua and Ryan :)

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save your time and money, go to their website.

I was hoping for a guide to the minimalist approach, getting started and some story's of how the writers came to it. The book professes to do all these things, but while you may be expecting some information about decluttering and it's benifits, it's actually a book about, health, relationships, passion, growth and giving. it's absolutely drivel from completely unqualified people. The chapter on health starts with we're not dieticians or doctors, but now we're going to tell you how to eat and exercise. I stuck with it, but the droning voice of the reader doesn't help. In one of the first sentences of the book they basically say 'hey were not going to tell you how to become a minimalist (as in the clutter reducing type), that's all for free on our website, instead were going to bore you with new age crap'. It seemed like one of the most frequent and contradictory statements that the book made was where it would say "we're not going to tell you, you have to do this it's totally up to you" but then a few sentences later it would tell you that you must do this or that." For a lifestyle that's is about value, this book is ironically a waste of time and money.

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Wonderful

This book gives a great introduction to how Joshua (one half of The Minimalists) came to find this way of life. We also get insight from Ryan, who "interjects" throughout the book, which is good fun. The audio for these interjections is done really well, so you can always tell who's viewpoint you are listening to.

I'm already a huge fan of The Minimalists, and I recommend this book to new fans and established - it's a wonderful listen, with some really practical and thought-provoking ideas.

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do it

enlightening. wanted to read for a while now. glad I finally got around to it.

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pretentious drivel

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.

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