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3.70  ·  Rating details ·  6,676 ratings  ·  624 reviews
Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life is our finest, most important creation to date. It’s also the best thing we’ve ever written about Minimalism and will likely serve as the cornerstone to our work for years to come. It took us a year to write this book—a year of creating the best material possible and finding ways to relate it back to our lives so you would have practical ...more
Kindle Edition, 138 pages
Published December 4th 2011 by Mins Publishing
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Bearbig This book is not about how to be a minimalist, it is a spiritual type of book which I'm not a fan of it. If you would like to know how to minimize…moreThis book is not about how to be a minimalist, it is a spiritual type of book which I'm not a fan of it. If you would like to know how to minimize your life and stuff, this book won't help very much. The book Danshari or their blog: theminimalists.com could be more helpful for you.(less)
Christine We read Minimaslism: Live a Menaingfuk Life in my creative book club and we all loved it. It’s a quick read, but wraps up very simply what you can do…moreWe read Minimaslism: Live a Menaingfuk Life in my creative book club and we all loved it. It’s a quick read, but wraps up very simply what you can do to improve all areas of your life - finances, health, relationships, passion/work. We all took action based on the book. That was the coolest part about it! It made a big impact on all of us(less)

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Kelli
May 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: not-fiction
Although I don't have a million possessions, I'm always looking for ways to simplify and make life easier, which is why I sometimes read these types of books. I should admit that I am more than a little skeptical of those able to quit their jobs and then make money telling the rest of us how to simplify. This book was very focused on their story and in addition to that, it offered tips on how to live a more meaningful life by basically explaining how they did that. It was far more focused on ...more
Maxine
This is supposed to be a book how living a minimalist lifestyle. It's actually more about how to live a meaningful life. Or, as the actual title should be, How to Live a Meaningful Life According to Joshua and Ryan.

As much as the author's overall ideas on how to change your life are just fine (and very pat), this book has way too much I in it. I used to have a good job. I used to have a huge house! I used to manage lots of people. I now own a house on the beach. I now volunteer. I now can do 100
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Gloria
Jan 14, 2013 rated it really liked it
"I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately, to front only the essential facts of life, and see if I could not learn what it had to teach, and not, when I came to die, discover that I had not lived."


I was probably 13 or 14 when I first read those words by Thoreau.
I was instantly smitten.
Not just with Thoreau (although I can admit to a type of historical/philosophical/literary crush), but with the whole concept. Somewhere it implanted itself within me and affirmed in me the need
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Joanna K
Mar 02, 2012 rated it did not like it
Unfortunately this isn't a book for those of us who can't quit our jobs to pursue our passions because we need the benefits that come with our full-time jobs. I see their point that we should try to pare down the things that drag us down in life. But the world would be a pretty lousy place if we all dropped everything and followed our passions. Nobody has a passion to be a garbage man, or a tax collector. But we need those people.

I would love to see a book about minimalism that shows how to
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Paul
Jul 31, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
The title is misleading as very little of this book has to do with minimalism. It should've been called "The Five Values" as the authors spend more time talking about their eating habits, exercise routines and how many people visit their blog than minimalism. It is a very self-centered book (be prepared to hear how much they were earning and how brave they were to give it all up again and again) with most paragraphs being littered with URL links to their own blog for "further reading". The ...more
Rachel
Jan 07, 2017 rated it it was ok
Two wealthy white guys tell you to exercise more regularly, give up gluten and quit your job to focus on your "passions". They also talk a lot about how they can now do 100 push-ups and wake up at 5am to write. Minimalism is discussed, minimally, on two occasions, the latter referring you on to a link to their blog. Best decluttering tip I've learned from this book is not to buy it.
Brenda Wegner
Jul 17, 2014 rated it it was ok
Went to see these two speak in Des Moines and being a maximalist, I ended up buying two of their books. I check out their web site once a week or so and I enjoy reading their posts more than I enjoyed reading this book. It's probably just because I'm getting old, but I don't like young whippersnappers explaining the things they've figured out so far. Talk to me in 20 years boys.
Matthias
Nov 29, 2014 rated it it was ok
The book should be titled "Quit your job and live like a hipster."

I am all for living minimally (which I already do) but the "tips" in this book are lacking depth. It's a great book for anyone who doesn't think for themselves or lacks common sense. I skimmed through the first 20 -30 pages as it was all common sense, exercise, eat healthy, keep great relationships, etc.

Most of the help in this book is quite biased. They lost all credibility when they started to push their vegetarian and
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Emma
Feb 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
This was a re-read for me! After finishing this book I had some problems rating it.

On the one hand, I loved the chapters on having meaningful relationships and pursuing your passion without letting your anchors hold you back.

On the other hand I really disliked the chapter on health, because a lot of scientifically incorrect information was presented. Another big gripe I have with this book is that, despite the title, it is not about minimalism! A better title would have been ‘The Five Values’
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Dan
Jan 13, 2013 rated it liked it
New (& improved?) Review:

I think that many of my friends would consider me to be somewhat of a minimalist. Not in any calculated or philosophical sense of the word, but rather from the perspective that I don’t have a lot of junk (at least not in plain sight). I however know the truth. Inspite of the perceived lack of junk laying around I am just as enmeshed in the consumerist culture of the United States as most people. I have recognized this for a while now but have never actively or
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BookishStitcher
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very simple book, but it had a lot of thought provoking things. It does not talk a lot about minimalism or how to become one. So the title might not be the best. I'm already a minimalist, so I didn't need a how to. The parts about 5 values that are important in life really spoke to me. There are a couple of these I need to focus on.
Tomáš
Jan 04, 2015 rated it it was ok
This is indeed minimalistic book about minimalism - the subject is present only in first and last chapter. Better title for this book should be "How Joshua and Ryan have changed their lives". I was excited from the first chapter and bought the rest of the book, which I've found disappointing at the end. This is not author's fault, I've just had different expectation.
Laura
I would have liked this a lot more if the content had actually been in the book. So often they would just get going on a topic, only to stop and refer me to a site on the blog for more information, and then move on to something else.
Kathleen
This is a self-help book, and like many self-help books, it's going to tell you a lot of things you already know. It's probably more useful for people looking for motivation, not revelation. Also, it seems to describe some eastern philosophy and ideas, but applied to a western consumer mindset.
Tara Brabazon
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
Two random blokes explaining why they failed when they had stuff and why then succeeded when they got rid of it.

Yawn.

Irshad
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Shed the Anchors
jiji
Sep 06, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: non-fiction
1.5 stars if I could be more specific. I read this during my passionate love affair with minimalism, which made a lasting impression, but which I didn't ultimately embrace as gospel.

The premise: Two former corporate types leave their high-paying corporate jobs and embark on a minimalist lifestyle consisting of restricted eating, food intolerances, exercise, non-traditional work and owning very few possessions. Some interesting and inspirational tidbits here and there (but I'm afraid I've
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Nathan Schumer
I started to read this book this morning. I was introduced into minimalism last year by Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus after watching a Ted talk-by them- on the very same subject.
Before this, I had no idea in which context the word 'Minimalism' really meant.
After doing more research I found a bag of neuroscience and psychology mangled into the effect of living a more simple life... Minimalism. I found after reading this book, which includes the authors own stories, I learnt that happiness
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Virginia Cope
Dec 20, 2017 rated it liked it
3.5 out of 5 stars for me on this one.

I received this book as a gift and this statement..."I'm not saying you need to rethink your life or anything but this book really influenced me so I wanted you to read it so we could talk about it."

AWESOME! I love talking about books so here's a few of my opinions on my latest read, Minimalism.

Firstly, the name is extremely misleading. If you were instantaneously turned off because giving away all of your junk and living in a small house is not appealing,
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Willian Molinari
I was expecting more from this book.

I listen to their Podcast and read some articles on their website. This book looks like a list of pointers to their website. I would just recommend it in case you want something to start your journey in the minimalism thinking, so you can buy the audiobook and listen to it in your spare time before diving deep into their articles.

As usual, there is some good information here as well. Here are my notes:

* We were not happy, so we tried to buy happiness, and of
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Riin Tamm
Apr 06, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am not able to give less than 5 stars, because I am fascinated with the subject minimalism and I admire the authors. Although before reading the book I was hoping it was more about letting go of materialism and freeing yourself of obsession with owning a lot of stuff. I find it important, because that is the direction where masses of people are heading to nowadays.
The book is about benefits of healthy lifestyle, the importance of having quality relationships, passions, growing as a person and
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Katie
Jan 25, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: memoirs, audiobook
There is a lot here that these two are completely unqualified to talk about. I understand that health is an important part of this lifestyle, but I don't want two random dudes to tell me the pros and cons of different diets. They lost me in chapter 2.

This book reeks of privilege, and worse, of unacknowledged privilege. I understand the point that putting "i can't" labels on things is self-limiting (they never actually said that, but I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt that that is what they
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Galen
Jan 04, 2020 rated it did not like it
This really gives minimalism a bad name. Despite the fact that I agree with (and get a great deal of value from) the underlying idea - keeping only what you value; discarding the pointless stuff in your life; not buying bullshit; avoiding late capitalist social signalling as much as possible - these guys seem like the worst possible mouthpieces for the message. The prose swings from mind-numbing truism to bloodless personal anecdote. The general points are neither actionable nor disagreeable. ...more
Elise Kerikmäe
Aug 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I am thankful that this book made me rethink about my life and discover what really makes me happy and satisfied.
Mark Goddard
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was ok
You know the old saying You can't judge a book by it's cover?
Two guys standing defensively with their arms crossed, their eyes looking beyond the margins
of the book. Standing in front of a wall that is primed for a firing squad. The vulnerability and insecurity of the cover photo tells us that the minimalist interpretation of identification has its own limitations.
İlhan Çamiçi
Jan 11, 2019 rated it it was amazing
After reading the book, continue with the podcasts!
Rafael
Feb 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed the content of the book. They talk about minimalism not only in terms of things but also in terms of relationships, health, career, self development and helping others. No major revelations but a enjoyable and inspirational read.
Jowin Yip
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
There are quite a few questions worth thinking.
Neon Snake
May 16, 2017 rated it did not like it
This is not a good book.

I left it a few days before reviewing, to allow my disdain to subside, and it has somewhat. It still isn't a good book, mind.

So, few weeks ago, I read this article, it posits that minimalism is a rich boy fad, poverty porn, only achievable by the wealthy, and is almost a cynical take on showing off that you're so rich that you don't even have to own stuff anymore. It wasn't a great article, and was clearly bollocks.

And then I listened to the audio of this, the book by
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Nasi K
Jul 12, 2019 rated it it was ok
At first I started reading the book with so much ambition and focus! I highlighted and took notes just as the writers themselves had recommended! And honestly, I did enjoy the first 20-30 pages, but here's why I started disliking it as I continued:

5 areas are discussed in this book : 1. Health 2. Relationships 3. Passions 4. Growth 5. Contribution. While all these things are important and interesting, the book has explained them in the most boring and unprofessional way possible. They've just
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Joshua Fields Millburn left his corporate career at age 30 to become a full-time author. His essays at TheMinimalists.com have garnered an audience of more than 2 million readers.

Millburn is the bestselling author of three fiction and four nonfiction books and has been featured on CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC Radio, Wall Street Journal, USA Today, New York Times, Forbes, Elle Canada,
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“You needn't settle for a mediocre life just because the people around you did.” 6 likes
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