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At age 30, best friends Joshua Fields Millburn & 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 & 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 & 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.
"An excellent new book." - Leo Babauta, Zen Habits
About the Author
- ASIN : B006I7DDPI
- Publisher : Asymmetrical Press; 2nd edition (December 8, 2011)
- Publication date : December 8, 2011
- Language : English
- File size : 2328 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Sticky notes : On Kindle Scribe
- Print length : 141 pages
- Best Sellers Rank: #103,273 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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What I did like about this book was the concept of anchors. What’s holding you back from living your best life? It is good to identify these things. But overall, it just felt vague and weirdly prescriptive and not my cup of tea. I do enjoy their YouTube videos, though.
Although the book at first may seem that you can finish it all in one day, I believe that it is formatted in a way to really provide the reader with a different mission at the end of each chapter. Missions in which you could most likely not finish all in one day. At first that was my ideal, finishing the book as soon as possible to get it over with. However, if you're going to have the same mindset as I for reading this book, I advise you to look elsewhere. Each chapter focused on a certain topic that happen to be different elements in which make up your life. Health, relationships, passions, growth, and contribution.
Other than the remarkable concept of this book, the quality of writing was just as satisfying. Considering I'm only a high school student and prefer more casual of compositions rather than super advanced literature in novels, Minimalism was just that perfect match. It felt as if you were simply having a conversation with the author! It contained strong figurative language such as metaphors, repetition, parallelism, oxymorons, and informal speech just to name a few. Also, instead of being formatted as were used to seeing any chapter book, story format, each paragraph was labeled a with a creative title at the top in bold. This allowed the reader to thoroughly develop a consensus on what they're about to read, and unleash a rush of eagerness to continue reading.
As you can see, it's appears to be that I am living for this book in its entirety, yet it didn't receive my full 5-star rating...and here's why. I was very pleased with the idea of the book, learning about a new subculture I never thought could be considered one in the first place. However, in some parts it seemed as if I was reading a diet magazine from your local grocery store. I did indeed enjoy reading about the crazy diets and plans they took upon themselves, but it had all seemed too familiar to be reading about. I would've preferred to see their perspective as to what being a subculture really meant to them. If it's just another ordinary word in their dialogue, or something with broad significance.
Overall, Minimalism is an excellent novel full of self-empowerment, motivation, inspiration, and most importantly, meaning. It has a purpose in which any person could utilize in their daily life. It beautifully covered all of what was expected and more. Nothing too challenging or vague, you will leave replenished.
What I dislike about this book is the out of date nutrition information (though they do state clearly the advice provided is what they found helpful for themselves and not explicitly based on extensive research), I'm not a fan of the "must" attitude (I prefer to switch "should" with "want"), the relationship section is clearly not inclusive of relationship structures outside of societal norms (minimalism and poly, oh my), and lastly in the contribution section it would have been nice to have mention of keeping a balance; that there is such a thing as giving of yourself too much.
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I think to get the most out of this book, the reader would already want to make some quite big changes in their lives. Although there is some justification for why they both did it, this part feels more autobiographical than an attempt to persuade directly. However, if a reader knows they want or must make some changes to avoid feeling crushed by the consumerist more, more, more culture, then I think this book might be really helpful if they were looking for quite comprehensive advice on how a life in full can be turned around.
The writers come across as quite sympathetic characters. Sometimes I felt that there was a bit too much emphasis on how much they earned before becoming minimalists, although I realize this is a device to emphasize that minimalism is just a better, more fulfilling way to live, rather than being a coping strategy for those who have very little.
Recommended for those ready to change their lives.