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Joshua Fields Millburn , Ryan Nicodemus
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8 Dec 2011
At age 30, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus left their six-figure corporate careers, jettisoned most of their material possessions, and started focusing on life’s most important aspects. And they never looked back. This book’s foreword and first chapter examine Joshua and Ryan’s backgrounds, their troubled pasts, and their eventual spiral into depression. These chapters discuss why the authors didn’t feel fulfilled by their careers and why they turned to society’s idea of living: working ridiculous hours, wastefully spending money, living paycheck to paycheck. Instead of finding their passions, they pacified themselves with ephemeral indulgences, inducing a cocaine-like high that didn’t last far past the checkout line. And then, after a set of life-changing events, they discovered minimalism, which allowed Joshua and Ryan to eliminate life’s excess and focus on the essential things in life. The subsequent chapters explore their journey into a lifestyle known as minimalism and discusse why these two successful businessmen eschewed their excess stuff in favor of focusing on life’s the more important aspects: health, relationships, passion, growth, and contribution. The authors discuss how minimalism allowed them to focus on each area, citing personal examples of how they changed everything in their lives over a two year span, during which time they left their corporate jobs, got out of debt, changed their diets, started exercising regularly, strengthened their core relationships, established exciting new relationships, began pursuing their passions, contributed to more people, and found ways to be content and happy with their lives. The final chapter, Confluence of Meaning, binds together these five dimensions and asks the reader important questions about his or her life. This book’s content is different from the content at While the authors’ website documents their journey into minimalism and their continued growth through experimentation, this book discusses minimalism in a different way: it discusses in great depth the five dimensions of living a meaningful life. It also gives the reader much more insight into the authors’ personal lives, into the painful events that led them to journey into minimalism, and into their world outside the web.

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  • Paperback: 138 pages
  • Publisher: Asymmetrical Press (8 Dec 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0615648223
  • ISBN-13: 978-0615648224
  • Product Dimensions: 20.3 x 12.7 x 0.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 207,360 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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THE MINIMALISTS, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, write essays about minimalism and living a meaning a meaningful life with less stuff for their online audience of more than 100,000 monthly readers. They have been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CBS, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC, Zen Habits, and numerous other outlets. More info at

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5.0 out of 5 stars Must Read - Straight from the soul 7 Oct 2012
Was drawn to this book as have just gone through the greatest upheavel of my entire life and have been living a reasonably minimalistic lifestyle for a number of years, although not always by choice; so was intrigued by the sentiment and notions of this lifestyle book to read further....I have to say this book is life changing and so inspiring, so much so, that it reasonated with me on so many different levels, that I have started on a different and more meaningful path in life, where I hope I can have more of a positive effect on those around me and not look to the past as an anchor. Highly recommended, but...please note you will do some serious soul searching as you read and re read this book. Enjoy!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Meaningful 3 Oct 2013
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Don't let the brevity of this book make you think it's light. Written with appropriate clarity! Life changing, if we so choose.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Grew on me 19 Jan 2013
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When I first got this book and saw that it was very short I was a little disappointed. Because it was so short I went back to read it a second time and it made a lot more sense. The concepts presented are so fundamental that they are all to easy to miss. Have good relationships, have good health, keep improving yourself, follow your passions and Contribute to society. Im sure the authors could have written lots more to try to justify the book but everything you need to change your life really is that simple.
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5.0 out of 5 stars brilliant read.. 27 Feb 2014
By Luke
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very relatable, thought provoking and a fantastic read for those wanting to change for everyone's benefit whilst putting to the side the pathetic consumerism culture many a country seems to evolve around
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5.0 out of 5 stars Read it 14 Sep 2012
By dennis
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I am a person who is really into self-development, minimalism and all those kinds of stuff and didn't think that this book would give me something new. But it did. It is great, it makes you more open-minded, as well as helps you to re-evaluate your life and its priorities.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life Changing 6 Sep 2012
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I've always been quite organised and never really had a lot of junk about my home, but I have accumulated "stuff" over the years which on reflection don't add anything to my life. Things I could borrow on the odd occasion I need them. Things I could live without. Things I have duplicates of. Recently I started selling and donating some of these things and noticed I felt better for it. More alive. Less anxious. I wondered what the psycology behind this was and started to research it. That's when I stumbled upon [...] and Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life. Everything the authors write about struck a chord with me and encouraged me to keep simplifying and reducing my "stuff". The result is I'm feeling better than I have in a long time. Liberated from my "stuff"! This is a life changing book, well worth a read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Book Of Now 24 Aug 2012
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I stumbled on this book doing some of my own research, and I can say it is one of the best I have read for a while, I recommend that everyone who has a large consumerist habit ( I have not ) is struggling to maintain a certain style of living , paying the utilitys. It makes you think about the meaning of life itself and what and who is important to you.My advice is keep an open mind and think what these boys have to say, visit their web site.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A real insight into a journey into minimalism
I've been 'minimalist' to all intents and purposes now for many years, mainly working out which directions to go in with all aspects of life, but ever since an intense relationship... Read more
Published 4 months ago by N. A. Jones
2.0 out of 5 stars A disappointing "me too" book; stick with the blog.
I love the blog The Minimalists. Nicodemus and Fields Millburn's writing has impacted me; I've acted on a lot of their advice and my life is better for it. Read more
Published 18 months ago by G. J. Millo
2.0 out of 5 stars A bit thin!
As much as I love the blog these guys have been writing for a while now and found so much to learn from in it (there is a vast amount of material to read online), this book is a... Read more
Published 18 months ago by will-skd
5.0 out of 5 stars Life changing
This short book has had a massive impact on the way I think about life, and I think everyone should read it. Read more
Published on 17 April 2012 by chromedome
5.0 out of 5 stars Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life - My thoughts
The lads have done well yet again, a really touching recap on their lives & great helpful advice, tips & guidance on contented good living. Read more
Published on 28 Mar 2012 by J Nicholls
5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking
I really enjoyed reading this - It has given me loads to think about. As a newbie to minimalism it's nice to read about what to focus on to live a meaningful life. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by spirit of less
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