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The Minimalists Podcast

Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
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Jul 22, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the six questions they ask themselves before they purchase anything. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 20, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about the minimalism rules that have helped simplify their lives, and they answer the following questions:

How valuable are rules? (00:00)

How important are boundaries? (04:56)

Once I only have my essential items, how do I keep them from wearing out quickly? (18:48)

How is minimalism not a destination? (19:47)

What is our language problem? (20:19)

How effective is it to reverse clothes hangers to minimize a wardrobe? (27:17)

Is it helpful to restrict the amount of clothes hangers to create an appropriate wardrobe? (28:20)

How do you develop and maintain the discipline needed to stick to your minimalism rules or other habits you're trying to establish? (30:26)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 15, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we often give loyalty more weight than it truly deserves with podcaster and Director of Entrepreneurial Education for FEE, T.K. Coleman. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 13, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about healing our relationships with stuff, truth, self, values, money, creativity, and people with podcaster and Director of Entrepreneurial Education for FEE, T.K. Coleman, and they answer the following questions:

What gave you the inspiration for Love People, Use Things? (00:00)

Do we learn more from those that have been redeemed, or from those that have led “perfect” lives? (08:51)

How did the line blur so much between private lives and public lives? (10:31)

How do I reconcile with my minimalist values when I must trash items I no longer use that can’t be donated, recycled, or upcycled? (13:48)

What is the true cost of things?  (14:43)

How do I justify to my minimalist self that it’s okay to have numerous accoutrements for several hobbies that bring me joy? (21:00)

What separates minimalism from dogmatism? (23:57)

How do I rejuvenate my creativity when I’m overwhelmed by burnout? (36:04)

How do we avoid falling into maintenance mode as creatives? (40:31)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 8, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how we must strive to treat one another appropriately both online and off with director Nick Bilton and artist Chris Bailey of HBO’s Fake Famous. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jul 6, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the perils of pursuing fame, clout, and attention in today's insta-world with director Nick Bilton and artist Chris Bailey of HBO’s Fake Famous, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Nick make a film about fake fame? (00:00)

What constitutes actual fame? (07:01)

What impact is social media having on our children? (09:24)

How has Chris’s life changed since the film? (13:04)

Why do the people who just post photos of themselves in skimpy outfits and pouts get five million followers, yet the people who actually have something meaningful to say get only a handful of followers? (21:27)

What is the number one photo opportunity in L.A. for influencers? (26:49)

What is an “Instagram vacation”? (27:55)

If maintaining social media accounts is part of our daily work, how do we incorporate minimalism to ensure our use is intentional, appropriate, and valuable? (28:38)

What value have you gotten from social media? (32:19)

Has the experience of the global pandemic actually helped us get away from our glowing screens? (32:57)

What is the prime purpose of social media? (35:52)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jul 1, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss a fresh approach to parenting with podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 29, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about gift-getting, gift-giving, and birthday celebrations for adults and kids alike with podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern, and they answer the following questions:

What does Joshua want for his birthday? (00:00)

Why do we never seem to know what we truly want? (04:06)

Instead of spending lots of money and giving expensive gifts, what are some meaningful ways to celebrate birthdays? (06:22)

How do you celebrate your child’s birthday? (07:27)

What if gift-giving is one of my love languages? (11:14)

How do you celebrate your birthday? (14:57)

Is gift-giving just a matter of simply asking others what they want? (17:31)

How do we appropriately address a loved one who insists on giving us gifts when we’ve asked them countless times not to, and do we tell them that we’ve actually given away most of the gifts they’ve given us? (18:20)

How do my spouse and I address the societal expectations of others regarding our choice of participation in traditional gift-giving events, such as birthdays and Christmas? (31:04)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jun 25, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss a few reliable methods for determining what items are essential for each of us. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 22, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about how minimalism, in more ways than one, is about starting over with less, and they answer the following questions:

How do we start over? (00:00)

As I’m letting everything go and starting over, how do I explain it to my friends and family who think I am crazy or terminally ill? (05:25)

What advice do you have for those of us dealing with the stress and anxiety of being forced to start over professionally after being let go from our jobs? (09:06) 

What is absolutely essential? (11:51)

What two questions should we ask ourselves when we’re considering a fresh start? (14:43)

How important is an emergency fund when you’re starting over? (15:46)

Is starting over simply a matter of considering a new direction? (16:23)

When you’re starting over from scratch and you realize you can’t do it alone, how do you get over your pride and ask others for help? (17:46)

What is the difference between enhancement and dependency? (19:38)

Why should we give money rather than loan money? (21:56)

When you’re starting over with nothing, how do you live without sentimental stuff in your life? (25:53)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jun 18, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss what foods meet the criteria of a minimalist diet with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield and podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 15, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about what we must refine to ensure our spiritual and material lives align with author, podcaster, and fitness expert Ben Greenfield and podcaster and Registered Dietitian Rebecca Shern, and they answer the following questions:

What is a “fit soul”? (00:00)

What are the dangers of transactional relationships? (08:47)

What are the four pillars of the spiritual journey? (13:35)

What is the practice of self-examination? (18:02)

How do we determine our purpose? (21:38)

Is there a link between sex and spirituality? (26:44)

How do you explain sex to your children? (29:21)

What is “eye gazing”? (33:58)

How do you punish and reward your children? (36:12)

What is the “God-shaped hole”? (39:59)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jun 11, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to appropriately curate family relationships so we can focus on those that are mutually beneficial. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 8, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about how we all seem to find ourselves having the things we don’t need, and needing the things we don’t have—and how we’re so disconnected from our communities that bartering for those things is nearly impossible—with the founder of HaveNeed, Josh Kline, and they answer the following questions:

What is HaveNeed? (00:00)

How has the pandemic affected bartering? (04:01)

What is your distinction between items that are essential, nonessential, and junk? (06:16)

What would the world look like if there was no such thing as money, which has a vice-like grip on the material world; that is, what would the world look like if it ran strictly on barter? (07:02)

What is the history of bartering? (07:26)

What is the “mutual coincidence of wants”? (08:11)

What is “Object A”? (13:44)

Bartering has been around forever, but seems to have fallen out of favor in recent times—why? (26:51)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Jun 4, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the perniciousness of the Diderot effect and the reflexivity of desire with author and professor Luke Burgis. Listen to the full episode at patreon.com/theminimalists

Jun 1, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about our want for things, why we want what we want, and how we can free ourselves from chasing unfulfilling desires with author and professor Luke Burgis, and they answer the following questions:

What is mimetic desire? (00:00)

Does it help to identify the origins of our desires? (05:05)

Should we strive to be immune from desires? (06:54)

What is negative imitation? (08:22)

How do we find fulfilling desires? (08:48)

Can a relentless desire to be debt-free actually cause adverse unintended consequences? (12:39)

What are “borrowed desires”? (16:17)

What costs should we consider in the pursuit of our desires? (18:13)

What is a “misery tax”? (19:42)

How do we recognize and address the influences, especially those online, that promote mindless consumption? (24:08)

How is social media addictive? (24:39)

What is “hate watching”? (26:33)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

May 28, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the issue of health insurance for independent business owners with the CEO of Patreon, Jack Conte. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 25, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about how to take back control of our income and our creative outcomes by making a living on our own as an aspiring creator, small business owner, artist, or entrepreneur with the CEO of Patreon, Jack Conte, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Jack start Patreon? (04:40)

Where do you find the most practical feedback from your audience? (13:25)

How do I best prepare myself to make the jump from working full-time for others to working full-time as a small business owner with as much tranquility as possible? (15:46)

What should be my primary focus as a budding entrepreneur? (18:20)

How did Jack benefit from his “not be prudent” approach to his professional pursuits? (22:23)

When do you know it’s time to turn your side hustle into your full-time business? (26:00)

What is the first step I should take to become an online creator? (27:32)

What do you mean by “add value”? (28:55)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

May 21, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the myriad of methods for making new friends throughout our lives. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 18, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about our desire for friendship that leads us to accumulate scores of friends, acquaintances, coworkers, partners, lovers, companions, contacts, colleagues, and associates; our realization that relationship clutter is getting in the way of loving, meaningful connections; and they answer the following questions:

Is it loving to let go? (00:00)

How can I stop feeling pressured to keep up with so many connections? (03:57)

I’ve never struggled to declutter my “friends” on social media when they no longer have a meaningful place in my life, but how do I explain their removal when they ask me about it without hurting their feelings? (13:53)

What does a truly healthy friendship look like? (20:56)

How do we ensure mutual respect in a relationship? (28:46)

How do we appropriately apply attention in a relationship? (29:43)

How do you define “toxic relationship”? (34:49)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

May 14, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss the senselessness of jealousy with podcaster, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 11, 2021

Joshua and Ryan talk about that empty feeling we all experience from time to time—and the things we do when we attempt to fill the void—with podcaster, writer, and director Jennette McCurdy, and they answer the following questions:

Why did Jennette start her podcast? (00:00)

What is the disconnect between our higher quality of life in this modern age and our happiness? (04:26)

How does society and culture influence disorders? (06:21)

Why do others often insist we not give up our “successful” careers? (10:59)

What are the three different types of relationships? (14:06)

How do we appropriately manage expectations in relationships? (16:09)

I think minimalism can help many of my loved ones find meaning in their lives and avoid the void, but I find it difficult to communicate it to them effectively so they see and understand the benefits and find it more attractive than the rat race they’re in—any tips? (20:01)

What is the elevator pitch for minimalism? (20:35)

How do you address the shame that sometimes accompanies minimalism? (23:50)

How is power the opposite of freedom? (24:26)

Was Jennette shamed for walking away from her acting career? (25:40)

Does confidence come from consistency? (26:58)

Filling our voids with stuff isn’t good, but what is good—what should we replace that consumption urge with that is meaningful? (28:37)

What is the “suckhole”? (33:33)

Why is Jennette’s podcast titled Empty Inside? (36:28)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

May 7, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss how to best address a partner's tendency to hoard. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

May 4, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss identifying how much is enough so we can subtract the excess to get there, and they answer the following questions:

What is “enoughism”? (00:00)

How is enoughism different from minimalism? (03:04)

Given that the key to transformation is understanding our ‘whys,’ why does anyone truly want more, and, conversely, why does anyone truly want less? (12:20)

When it comes to a small business, how much record-keeping is enough and what is the ideal way to store it? (24:57)

How does renouncing something create an attachment to it? (30:09)

How do we learn to recognize the difference between enough and a false sense of security and comfort from unnecessary consumerism? (39:35)

Detailed show notes: minimalists.com/podcast

Support The Minimalists: minimalists.com/support

Apr 30, 2021

Joshua and Ryan discuss what death practices are and how they can help us live with more purpose and intention with author Jamie Wheal. Listen to the full episode on Patreon: patreon.com/theminimalists

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