Minimalism is the thing that gets us past the things so we can make room for life's most important things - which actually aren't things at all.
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 The Minimalists, 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.
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The book is fine...interesting, even. But the accent of the narrator (who sounds like a young Thurston Howell III) is completely incongruous for a book about living life simply written by two working-class guys from Dayton, Ohio.
Eric J. Gruber
I didn't like the narration at all. Sorry, mate.
Literally almost anyone.
I didn't finish it because it, sorry to say.
I appreciate the book for its purpose however, I really was looking for it to be more steps and formulas to help me in my lack of decision making when it comes to clutter. What if my passion is fashion and I have a hard time deciding which clothes and accessories to get rid of? The story of these two guys' journey is inspiring and all the principles are good for creating and maintaining a meaningful life. I personally just feel that I have a meaningful life with too much stuff!
"Minimalistic yes, but also very general"
This was the second book by The Minimalists I have listened to. The first was "Everything That Remains" describing J. Fields Millburns development from corporate careerist to minimalist philosopher and author, and which I liked a lot better.
I downloaded "Minimalism: Living a Meaningful Life" expecting to get a more hands-on approach to the many ideas raised in "Everything That Remains". However, this book is very "broad strokes" in some places (live healthy, don't waste time and attention on the wrong people, find and live your passion, etc.) and oddly detailed in others (don't eat pasta or dairy, prioritize your relationships MS Excel style). I like The Minimalists but I wouldn't recommend this book - unless you have never heard of them and don't have time to sample their blog to get an idea of what they are all about.
"Wonderful! It grew me from the inside out."
This is the first audio book that I have wanted to listen to again, back to back. I am so pleased that I didn't read the reviews before buying, as I actually hate to think what I would have missed out on.
I am in the middle of my own personal journey towards minimal living and I have read and listened to many discussions of the subject, even so, there was *so* much in this book that I hadn't previously considered. I found it expansive and thought provoking, and as I listened the content consistently challenged areas of my own thinking that were previously embryonic. As a result I genuinely felt as though it grew me from the inside out. I particularly appreciated the chapter that looked at relationships. As someone who currently spends 90% of my time and energy on people who are not in my core groups (family/close friends), I found the ideas that were expounded very illuminating.
The narration was fine for me, not outstanding, but perfectly pleasant to listen to, accurate and at a good speed.
Many thanks to Joshua and Ryan for writing this life changing book. I am delighted to find that there are other materials you guys have published that I can now devour.
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