Great podcast. Engaging discussions on relevant issues - Ryan and Josh are easy to listen to and very personable.
Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus discuss living a meaningful life with less.
A very good podcast with lots of interesting insights and ways of challenging a persons views on what is truly important in life. There are lots of great lessons and thoughtful nuggets buried within the 170+ episodes.
The downside for me is that they have recently moved over to a different format where the best discussions have been put on the Patreon episodes behind a $8 a month paywall - fair enough, they need to make money somehow, but for me the new 30 minute episodes are too short, they answer one question and are then on to the lightning round and then 5 minutes of voicemails. As soon as you’re getting into the episode it finishes.
I like others find quite a lot of good content but you only need to listen to a few episodes because they basically just repeat everything over and over again. It then becomes monotonous and even the way they introduce themselves becomes a tad annoying.
Stumbled across Josh and Ryan's meaninful ways of life after watching the docufilm on Netflix, since then I've been catching up with the podcast loving their perspective views and insight in the minimalist world, yes, it can be a little bit of a repetitive formula, however, the output is well balanced with all the advice and guidance provided to their listeners.
Give it a try, who knows, maybe you could also live a minimal meaningful life too!
If you are new to minimalism this podcast is a great place to start. The earlier episodes have a fresh and earnest feel whereas the latest ones feel a bit too showy. Be aware that they have cleverly smuggled in repetition of their books under the guise of free give aways for people who write in. I don't have a problem with folk monetising their stuff but the not being straight up about it is a bit annoying. The recent pitch of we want a smaller community where we can be vulnerable on Patreon didn't quite ring true. Why not just say we need patrons to fund our message. If you want extra content only you and patrons get access. Come here and make a contribution. I dunno if the guys genuinely believe their own messaging or the pitch is contrived. I'm not sure. That all said it's a solid message despite the lack of/or keen awareness about how they market themselves. I have moved on to the Break the twitch podcast because it's in its early days and has a more honest feel to it. I'll add stars if more honesty about the marketing comes into the podcast.
This is a fantastic podcast which will add value to your life, Josh and Ryan approach minimalism with a deep but also lighthearted nature that I truly appreciate. They encourage us to love people and use things, making sure that those things are meaningful to our own lives. Occasionally stories or sentiments are repeated but I find their calming energy and drive, to create more content and delve into our consumerist culture, both interesting and inspiring. I feel from following other minimalists online, that Josh and Ryan’s personalities set them apart from the generic and somewhat trend inspired areas of the movement, focusing their message on the core of what it means to live a meaningful life with less. I thank them both for helping my sanity in world of consumption that can be so detrimental to our mental health.
I just want to thank you guys for bringing minimalism into my life. You’ve helped me beyond words.
In two months I’ll be debt free! I’m communicating better with my husband, friends and family. I love people and use things! I’m on the road to good physical and mental health! And the big one for me - I’m no longer tolerating my bullying manager. I’m done with the status quo.
Thanks for opening my eyes to a better world.
(Ps: Come back to N.Ireland!)
Your humble, British subject...
Wow, since listening to your Podcast (December ‘17), my mind has been opened and you’ve answered questions I didn’t even know I had (life long questions).
I adore you guys, you have introduced me to Dave Ramsey (finance etc) finally getting that sorted, TK Coleman (genius), has helped shape my career (the office hours), life changing. I love your friendship, as you say...it’s the secret ingredient.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!
I used to listen to every episode but find that as time goes on it becomes so repetitive and the length is too long, I certainly wouldn’t subscribe to hear more of it.
Helping to clear the muddy waters of life.
Every week there’s at least one moment which makes you really think. Possessions, relationships, activities, do I need this? Will letting go of this without guilt make way for something better? Often the answer is yes. Thank you Josh and Ryan.
I absolutley love these guys, I can only imagine how hard it would have been to be the first people to make such a change in their lives with the judgement that would have come with it. Listening to the podcast helps keep me on the right path to minamilism, constantly renewing the importance of minamilism to me when i feel liking shopping etc. My only issue is that the stories do get quite repetitive, which I understand because there’s only so much you can draw from your own experiences, however I do think it would be better to spend more time giving more detailed answers instead of tweets led ones, as I think a lot of people would get more value from that. Appreciate all you do.
These 2 are fantastic.
They have had it all and given it all up to pursue and life of meaning.
I fully support what they stand for and have used their “recipe” in my life and the results have been extremely encouraging.
Josh and Ryan, please continue with what you do.
You are both an asset to humanity.
I first stumbled across these guys, whilst looking for answers and tips on organising clothes and items. And they have been hugely helpful in clearing my mind and my life from the baggage that I used ot carry around. Each podcast is enlightening and honest, I particularly enjoy their sincereity and willingness to discuss and debate issues they may disagree on. And Ryan's laugh ALWAYS makes me laugh. Keep up the great work!
Love from Bristol, UK!
The best podcast
This is my daily commute and I wouldn’t be without it.
Josh and Ryan have created a wonderful space through this podcast for insightful and interesting discussion on how to lead a meaningful life. I've learned so much in the months I have been listening and it's really opened my mind and heart to the minimalist way of life. I feel much calmer, more grateful and present since I started listening. Every episode is well planned, thoughtful and jam packed full of information and ideas. Give yourself a present and have a listen.
Adding value is a vital part of minimalism, especially in the lives that Josh and Ryan lead. I could sit here all day discussing how utterly fabulous this podcast is, but the bottom line is that it breaks down, in a informal, inclusive and interesting way, the path of having a more meaningful life with less. Whether you’re a single mum, an elderly man or a teenager like myself, it’s worth a listen. Thank you x
My new favourite podcast!
I first found out about you guys by watching your documentary on Netflix. You’ve inspired me to prioritise paying off debt so that I can (in the future) be debt free and pursue my dream of developing houses through my own business with my partner. Your podcast keeps me focused on the longer term goal whilst I work my day job (which I need to pay off debt and save). Thank you so much guys, I have also started the decluttering process and I’ve ordered your book Everything that remains and can’t wait to read it! I’m excited about the future.
Read all their books and tune into every episode. Enjoy the banter, tips and laughs. The perfect podcast. Highly recommended. On my favourites list. Keep up the great work. Love the show.
I’ve been listening to this podcast ever since its inception. Although I don’t listen to all of the episodes as some of them are repetitive or that I can’t make the time, I know that if I do listen to one, I’d get maximum value out of it. Thanks Joshua & Ryan for virtually helping me with my minimalism efforts.
Listened with a friend, loved the format and rich and colourful conversations, both informative and easy to listen to!
After watching this podcast obsessively, it really does become clearer. Bad day? I’ll order some clothes online. stressed at work? New fancy blender will help!
Well it doesn’t.. when you apply minimalism to your life you cut off the constant cycle of withdrawals from STUFF.
As Josh and Ryan say, they are called The Minimalists as it was the domain they bought when they started their journey.
Whilst Minimalism is a prime topic of the show, that isn't the end point, the horizon to aim for is a meaningful life. To be just a minimalist without intention achieves nothing, it is how we move on and grow that achieves that.
This has been the most powerful podcast for my life, listen if you want to lead a better and more intentional one.
I love this podcast. I still have a lot of catching up to do but having started listening from the beginning of the series, and then also listening to a few more recent ones, it would appear that The Minimalists have maintained a very good quality throughout. They engage with their listeners through questions and offer us the chance to share our ideas with others too. I really appreciate the diversity of topics covered. I find the podcast a really good way to relieve some of my anxiety, the way the guys talk is relaxing, but also funny, and just an all round great way to spend some time, or to enrich some time already being spent elsewhere.
Thank you guys, your work is very much appreciated. I really enjoy reading your essays too.
Thanks to these guys. I feel you have shaken me awake. I have started to choose my own life. Blood tests booked and life less cluttered. Healthier and happier thanks to you.
I find this podcast interesting, inspiring and, as they themselves like to say, ‘adding value’ to my life; that being said each episode is well over an hour long - often almost two hours long. Most of this time is made up of ramblings that aren’t necessary to the theme or context that they’re discussing. I know a lot of people love this show but I personally don’t have the attention span to listen to a two hour podcast. I do however break it up, listen to half an hour at one time, then half an hour later and so on.
I listen to these guys every day. They are so easy to listen to and feel like my pals now. They have helped me to focus on what matters in life, step away from materialism, clutter and stress and focus on what inspires me and makes me happy every day. Living better with less should be taught in schools. We all need to embrace minimalism. I have given their book to several people and I urge you to listen, give it a go, I promise you’ll love it.
I love listening to these podcasts. Josh and Ryan have a unusual take on life and challenge us to re-think our everyday choices. My mindset around what and why I buy things has completely changed largely due to Josh and Ryan. Thank you for your non-judgemental approach. Personally, would love to hear some episodes led by Ryan rather than his usual role as responder.
I can across Joshua and Ryan through scrolling Netflix. Instantly as I watched, i was glued (mainly the soundtrack..). Even though their story was something completely different to mine I still felt contented. So I started to listen to their podcasts and read their essays.
For anyone who thinks that this is a cult or a fad, you are 100% mistaken. This made me change so many aspects of my life to become more intential, not only with consumption but with time, environmentally and giving back.
This podcast is now a weekly listen and fully recommend it to everyone even if it is something you might not follow I am certain you will gain a little from it.
I recently threw out a t-shirt I bought in Fiji 20 years ago which I rarely wore. Thank you for this podcast-I now look at everything I own and think-do I need this, or can I lose it?
Love these guys and what they stand for.
Hi Josh and Ryan,
On my current journey to minimalism, I find your podcast to be both motivating and useful.
If you have guests on, they are insightful and it's always great to hear their stories.
Also, I enjoy listening to your answers to voicemail messages from fans and often find myself taking the advice you give or quoting you throughout my day.
Thank you so much for this worthwhile asset to my minimalist journey.
Maybe one day I won't need this podcast anymore, but that's ok.
I hope you are both well and wish you the best.
Really helps put me in a better mindframe to improve different aspects of my life and ensure I am living to the fullest and with intention.
It’s one of two podcasts that I listen to regularly and get most value from. It has inspired me to make simple changes in my life which had great impact on my overall happiness. The simplicity of the message is astonishing. I strongly recommend.
It's not about the how it's about the why. You will hear a few sayings again and again because the answer is simple and really we know the answer if we stop and think and listen. I find value in the live episodes for the variety of voices in the audience. The studio episodes are well thought out and inspiringly written.
My 7mth old daughter finds Josh and Ryan's voices calming and I will play a longer podcast while she is napping.
When they introduce themselves Ryan and Josh sound a bit like Bill and Ted. Be excellent to each other.
Whether you embrace every single word or just take what you need, this podcast is truly inspiring. Some of the concepts are repeated many times, sometimes it may not seem fresh, but I somehow got used to their voice and like the subject debated. Very recommendable.
Lost me at their tribe talk
I have recently discovered The Minimalists through their documentary on Netflix. Unbeknownst to me, I have sort of been minimising my life over the past few years. The documentary highlighted the philosophy and the benefits to your health and happiness. The podcasts offer a more in-depth focus on individual topics with contributions from listeners and other podcasters. I’ve been binge listening on my commute and I find the majority of the content very useful. If I had a criticism to offer, I would say that the early podcasts lacked the structure of the later ones and that sometimes the content is repeated over episodes. Also the fluctuation in sound levels from live audience recordings and telephone questions and comments will have you reaching for the volumes controls continuously.
I’d highly recommend The Minimalists to anyone who wants to improve their life by removing the unnecessary clutter.
Great podcast with some inspirational topics covered but I feel recently that a lot of the stories/anecdotes are re-used from previous podcasts. Hopefully this feedback can help.
Love their podcasts, down to earth advice. A great reminder of values we often have already but lose sight of. Great documentary on Netflix!
I'm a big film head so had watched the documentary on Netflix some time ago. It was only recently whilst pondering my life due to personal challenges that I stumbled across a Facebook advert for the bag. This inspired a re-watch of the film again and I am now burning my way through the back catalog of podcasts after completing my first book in probably a decade (Everything That Remains).
It's true what people say, it is repetitive on the earlier episodes. The Minimalists 'way of life' is a simple one and quite often people write in looking for a new different exciting answer having probably already heard the answer on another episode.
There have been some truly rewarding lessons I've learnt from this podcast provoking my thought.
- Just going out to 'shop' whilst you have down time is ridiculous if you don't need anything.
- Advertisments are underhanded, there's no innocent advertising.
- If you want a raise in your salary, just spend less.
- You can't wear more than one item of clothing a day and the challenge of too much choice can be draining.
- If you want a bigger house, get rid of the stuff you don't use and watch your house grow.
- Lifes ambition shouldn't be to loan the best house with the best cars and the best widgets. It should be to own what you can afford.
- There's no reason why someday cannot be today.
- Rather than buy gifts, give experiences.
I feel so content with the way my life is heading now.
Thank you RN & JFM.
I love the work of the minimalists. Simple living is the foundation of a happy life. Keep it up guys!
Nothing more to say, these guys have found something that everyone has been searching for without even knowing it.
Enjoy every single episode, has really given me a lot of valuable lessons to learn from.
These podcasts are amazing! Very inspiring and exactly what the society nowadays need.
This podcast is a breath of fresh air that helps us think deeply about what matters in life and what hinders our happiness. They are building a nice practical philosophy to tackle the void consumerism leaves behind.
Recently came across these two after watching their documentary on Netflix. Now working my way through the back catalogue. Very interesting 'stuff'. I'm currently clearing my house of all things surplus to requirements to help financially and mentally. Amazing what you really 'need' in your life. I currently need this podcast and it doesn't clutter my house or my mind.