Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life

Asymmetrical Press
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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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About the author

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus have garnered an audience of more than 2 million readers at their website, TheMinimalists.com, where they write about living a meaningful life with less stuff. Their story has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, ForbesBoston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle,Chicago Tribune, National Post, LA Weekly, and on CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, BBC, CBC, and dozens of other outlets. 

Since embracing simplicity as a lifestyle, they have written two bestselling books; they co-founded Asymmetrical Press, a publishing house for the indie at heart; and they have spoken at at Harvard Business School, SXSW, TEDx, the World Domination Summit, and many other organizations, schools, and conferences. They are currently in the middle of a 10-month, 100-city international book tour to support their new memoir, Everything That Remains.

Both born in 1981 and raised Dayton, Ohio, Joshua and Ryan now live in Montana.

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Publisher
Asymmetrical Press
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Published on
Dec 20, 2015
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Pages
120
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ISBN
9780615648224
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Language
English
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Genres
Self-Help / Personal Growth / Happiness
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