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Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life Paperback – December 8, 2011
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About the Author
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus are bestselling authors and international speakers who share their message about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their story has been featured on the TODAY show and in TIME, PEOPLE, Forbes, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Boston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune, Seattle Times, Toronto Star, Globe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Village Voice, LA Weekly, and many other outlets. Visit the authors online at TheMinimalists.com.
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This so-called book is just another self-help with scattered topics that are loosely brought together under the so called minimalism.
It’s largely the story of a couple of failing guys who recovered and lived a material success for a few years. Not finding true happiness, they stumbled upon minimalism, which basically is about getting rid of life’s excess and focusing on the essentials. Now to turn this experience into a “tool” of minimalism, they discovered 5 values (health, relationships, passions, growth, and contribution) and started talking about them. These values could be 4 or 6 and nothing special about them together except that it was their very personal wandering and discovery, no more.
I’m not against sharing experiences but I’m fed up with all these self-help books. This book could be summarized in a blog post, and really did not need all this elaborate details. But apparently this is part of the hype they needed to inflate so to make money.
On another angle, not everyone would be lucky enough to forge a living from an online business, so I wonder if they couldn't make their theminimalist.com website flourish, what would they do then. I presume they will cling to their corporate jobs and get depressed again untill they stumble upon another and possibly more trendier self-help idea. I also wonder what would they do if this wave they are riding hit a cliff of reality, would they go back and beg for their corporate jobs. Just wondering!
I especially hated when they started talking about diet and exercise, and money and budgeting. They could have easily dropped that into an appendix or an external resource, and instead focused on the original idea of minimalism. But again, they did not have much to say about that, so what to do to make a book? Fill it with a lot of how-to’s and and should-do’s.
There are few highlights that I found interesting (which you could see under Goodreads book highlights), and that’s why I gave it two stars.
If you are completely new to the idea of minimalism (which by itself is not a rocket science), and you have never ever read books or articles on self-help, then this book could be for you. Otherwise, save your time and money and read a short article about it (possibly from the authors website).
Their point of view in life has change mine, this book has help me realized what it is to live a meaningful life.
Thank you Josh and Ryan.