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The Minimalist Mindset: The Practical Path to Making Your Passions a Priority and to Retaking Your Freedom Paperback – April 28, 2017
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"Through the process of having a show, I get asked to read many many books. Danny Dover's book, The Minimalist Mindset, deserves every star that I can give it. If you are looking to change your life and want practical ways of doing it, then this is the book for you!" - David Ralph: Host of Join Up Dots
"51 pages in and I took the simple actions that the author outlined in Chapter 6 'Money' to save myself ~$125 a month on recurring expenses, making the book well worth the investment!" - Peter Fantham: Business Manager
"At the center of a Minimalist Mindest is Danny himself, offering to the reader a history that colors the book's bits of knowledge with a lot of heart. It compelled me to find my own reasons for wanting to live a simpler, freer, and ultimately more productive life. Editing a life can be hard work! The Minimalist Mindset, however, does a great job in giving the reader small and actionable edits that an be employed to free up brain space and utilize creativity for more compelling activities. I loved it!" - Pat McClure: Principal
"I wish I had read this years ago. The book is comprehensive, actionable and full of relatable examples. By framing minimalism around habits rather than tasks, it makes simplifying complex routines much more attainable. I am only 50 pages in but have already learned a lot!" - Amazon Customer
"I was a little skeptical going into this book as I kind of imagined that minimalism was self explanatory. (Just own less stuff, right?!) Happily, I was pleasantly surprised by this book. By approaching Minimalism as a mindset rather than a one-off chore it delivers much more value. I enjoy simplicity and this book showed me how to apply it to areas of my life that I had never considered simplifying before. Well worth the read!" - Sean Eggleston: Principal, Interior Design International, Inc.
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- Danny Dover
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Top Customer Reviews
Reading, I kept a running checklist of new things I wanted to try. Among them:
• Treat food as fuel
• The importance of making list (mission accomplished!)
• Scanning my old photo archives
• Minimizing my email surface area
• Auditing my phone to minimize distraction
To be honest, the value in this book isn't so much the specific techniques, but more the "mindset" as the title refers to. Already I've noticed a change in my daily thinking which is causing me to re-evaluate some of my long held assumptions.
The Minimalist Mindset is a candid reflection piece that offers a number of thoughtful methods the author has developed for pursuing a more fulfilling life free of some of the surprise burdens we all sometimes bear, that he neatly packages into what he refers to as "the minimalist mindset". Danny styles the advice in a number of digestible chapters written in an engaging story telling format that builds the ideas from turning points in his own life and draws you in to feel as if you're swapping life advice with a friend over a beer instead of being told "do this" as I've seen in more traditional "self help" books. Danny emphasizes the "mindset" as the main tool to a fulfilling life, but as an extension offers easy to implement habits that he utilizes in his everyday life. I appreciate that the habits are offered, but the real value is hidden in the "mindset" portions where he breaks down how he came to those methods in his own life (and often admits that the reader may not be able to do exactly what he did!).
Two major themes run through the book: one revolving around minimalism which I'll leave to the readers, and a personal favorite that boils down to "learn from mistakes". You can tell when Danny himself has experienced his own failures or shortcomings relative to the topics he speaks on because his pragmatic takes aren't just feel good platitudes in disguise. The insight comes from a place of honest thought and introspection that well thought out opinions are borne from. Some of the advice isn't entirely novel, however his viewing of traditional advice through the minimalist lens offers a fresh take that finds new value in an old perspective.
All in all I think for myself, I'll take a piece of advice from the book and pass the paperback on to a friend and keep the e-book version for future reading right next to Dale Carnegie's How to Win Friends and Influence People. Like a re-read of Carnegie, I think a lot of good could be found from coming back to this during moments of self evaluation to help focus and keep my goals actionable and attainable.
Danny Dover shares his own accidental journey into minimalism and explains the not so obvious benefits that he stumbled upon. You'll learn about the importance of subtraction as it related to addition and how to think about your time with more intention.
One of my favorite quotes from the book is “Habits are the programming language of people”. This stuck with me and made me think a lot more about my own habits.
If a life centered on more experiences with the people who you love most is something you want to actively pursue, then purchase this book.
I'd encourage everyone to read this insightful book on the Minimalist Mind.
Purchasing any book Danny might work on is a no-brainer for me... however I was blown away by what I am learning from the book. Many similar books on the market are basically re-hashed material you can find by searching for "what is minimalism”..with low hanging fruit advice like “buy less stuff, get rid of the stuff you have”, etc ; The Minimalist Mindset is different in that it focuses on habits instead of single actions. This is a far better framework than the alternatives as habits are inherently much more sustainable than one-off life hacks. I consider myself an efficient person but this book has made me re-examine my process; I could be squeezing more juice out of certain procedures I previously paid little attention to.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This book is a wonderful guide to prioritizing your life.Read more