"This is the minimalism book everyone's been waiting for."
- Intrepid Radio
"An excellent new book."
- Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
About the Author
THE MINIMALISTS, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, write essays about living a meaningful life with less stuff for their online audience of more than 100,000 monthly readers at TheMinimalists.com. They have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CBS This Morning, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC Radio, Zen Habits, and numerous other outlets.
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Firstly, let me start by saying that I only subscribe to four blogs, and the blog by these authors (The Minimalists) is one of them. At a time when so many people are being hit with so many things that look like they need to be done, the authors are really good at using minimalist principles to focus on what is important.
That's what they do in their blog. That's not what I found in this book. Apart from the occasional sentence mentioning that minimalism helps you focus on the important things, the rest of the book contains:
- Details on the authors' story of how they became minimalist and left their jobs. Only a small amount of added information compared to their blog, but I did enjoy that part. - A chapter on the importance of eating unprocessed foods and doing exercise. No information that was new to me. - A chapter on the importance of prioritizing the more important relationships in your life and working to eliminate relationships with negative impact. No real concrete directions other than to create a list of all the people in your life and catalog how close they are to you and whether their impact on your life is positive, negative, or neutral, then prioritize your use of time accordingly. Several pages about things like love and trust being important in relationships. - A chapter on the importance of finding your passion, having a mission in life rather than just doing a job. One really good paragraph about the idea that if you don't know what your passions are then you still have anchors, things that are dragging you down (like stress from debt for example). - Chapters on the importance of growing as a person and contributing, but again no real advice other than to get doing that stuff.Read more ›
Very disappointed. Have been a big fan of the essays on the minimalist website, and hoped to find a similar level of expansion in the novel. But it has been the opposite. Mostly a rehash of any cookie cutter self help book out there, they skim over major topics with half a mumbled page, providing very little of real content, worth, or value. As a whole, it's akin to a junior high school term paper, without the factual research and detail one would expect of an eighth grader. Do not waste your money on this book. You'll find so much more worth, and content, and enlightenment, not to mention some actual content on minimalism (which, for a book entitled "minimalism", shouldn't be too much to expect) on the guys minimalism website. This book is a waste of time.
You don't have to settle for a mediocre life. At one time Ryan and Josh were facing the daily grind, moving their way up the corporate ladder and working for the weekend. But when the slow burn of discontent became too intense to ignore they took action. They knew that they should change their lives but unlike most people they actually made it a priority.
Enter Minimalism. It's right there in the title. But don't pick up this book expecting a step by step guide on how to become a minimalist (their website can help with that: themins.com). Instead this book is about living a meaningful life. More specifically how to build a meaningful life through your health, relationships, passions, growth and contribution.
One of my favorite elements of Josh and Ryan's writing is how genuine they are. In this book they really allowed themselves to dig deeper. They teach what has made them happy. They teach how they were able to rid themselves of discontent and live a more meaningful life.
I can't thank Ryan and Josh enough for their writing over the past couple of months. When I first started my minimalist journey they were the torches that guided me out of the darkness of materialism. This book shows the growth of their writing and how they plan to continue their journey towards living a more meaningful life. And they aren't going at it alone.
Live a Meaningful Life provides a deep introduction to minimalism for its practical application in your life, through the helpful perspectives of two real minimalists.
Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are genuine and thoughtful, intelligent and humble. Their words read pleasantly on the page, and personal stories provided therein help to guide the reader toward better understanding the methods and means of practically applying minimalism -- how it best suits you and your life.
I recommend this to any embarking upon a new chapter in their lives, and those who are especially interested in engaging a meaningful life by exploring what minimalism genuinely is. Joshua and Ryan are helpers you can trust, with important voices that you truly enjoy reading.
I came across Joshua and Ryan through episode 35 of the Smart Passive Income podcast by Pat Flynn. These guys are a breath of fresh air in today's culture of over-consumption. While most of us go through our lives gathering more and more stuff, these two have made the conscious decision to get rid of their unnecessary stuff and focus on LIVING LIFE! What a great idea! I can't tell you how many times I've been absolutely crippled by the amount of stuff I have lying around my house, and MOST OF IT NEVER GETS USED! Sometimes instead of looking for something I'm sure I have, I just go out and buy it again! How dumb is that? I have a household of six, so it would be next to impossible to take minimalism to the extreme that Joshua has (although there are other minimalists who have taken it even FURTHER), but he and Ryan are an inspiration to me to question EVERYTHING i own. Do I need it? Have I used it lately? Or EVER? Maybe I don't need it!
The point is, this book is well worth the asking price and each chapter can be read in any order and at any time. It is truly inspirational. It might save your sanity or even your life! This is one book I'll never throw away!