“Love people and use things, because the opposite never works.”- The Minimalists
I found the Minimalists’ Tedx Talk late 2014 as a recommended video to Jennifer L. Scott‘s TedX Talk on the 10-Item Wardrobe. They told a story of emptiness and depression that was healed by having less stuff to weigh them down and a newfound freedom. At the time, Trevor and I were in a similar state and were willing to try anything to escape our prison of movies, books, furniture, and the things we were supposed to have in a home in America.
Who Are The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are the minimalists behind TheMinimalists.com, which is a site dedicated to becoming a Minimalist, the common questions beginners have, and the life that is attained afterwards. The main focus? Adding more to your life. More value, more time, more meaning, more growth…
They were both successful business men years ago, with nice dwellings and cars and things, but felt discontent and empty and unsatisfied. You can learn more about their story through this amazing TedX Talk:
What The Minimalists Do
Joshua and Ryan have built quite the business empire out of helping people discover the benefits of minimalism and move forward with their lives. They provide essays on Minimalism and living a more minimalist life, as well as have four books on the subject. They’ve got a podcast on iTunes, “The Minimalists Podcast,” which runs weekly. Where they discuss submitted questions and topics involving the intricacies of modern life. There’s a documentary as well “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things.” Additionally, Joshua and Ryan give lectures all over the world.
Minimalism, through these resources, has been made easy to understand and easier to execute via newfound inspiration and motivation. Millions of people have found value and solace through Joshua and Ryan and their stories.
If you find you need help during the process, The Minimalists have plenty of resources and motivation to see you through to the end of your journey to less…and more. However, as I’ve mentioned before, I don’t personally believe you need to spend a dime to achieve your downsizing goals. To me, this TedX Talk is the best resource The Minimalists have.
I hope that on your journey towards less stuff and more living, the Minimalists can add the value and peace of mind as they did as we began our own journey.