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Minimalism Authors: Get 'the Excess Stuff' Out of Life's Way

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Friday, 06 Jun 2014 06:40 PM

Less is so much more — and can lead to a better life, according to Josh Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, who are authors of the new book, "Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists.''

Millburn took stock of life after he lost his mother and his marriage fell apart in the same month. He discovered minimalism, tossed out material possessions, paid off debt and ditched a six-figure career.

Nicodemus, Millburn's best friend of 20 years, also joined the cause.

"[It's about] clearing the clutter from our lives to make room for what's truly important,'' Millburn told "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"When I was first exposed to minimalism, I noticed that there were all these different people. Guys who were single, or people who traveled all over the world with only just a few things and a back pack.

"But then, I saw some more traditional families, and people with full-time jobs and cars, and houses in the suburbs and it was really about getting the excess stuff out of the way.''

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Nicodemus said he had "a six-figure career, a big house, and all the trappings of success,'' but it wasn't making him happy.

"What a realized was, money or no, it's really about the decisions that we make in our lives. Money can help accentuate that,'' he said.

"So now instead of buying bigger houses and fancier cars, we're able to invest in people, we're able to help charities.

"We're able to do a lot of things with intention as opposed to just spending money for the sake of trying to buy happiness.''

Nicodemus insisted that minimalism has never been about deprivation.

"It's never been about how many possessions can I whittle down to. At least, not for us. Some people take it that route, and that's great. If it makes them happy, perfect,'' Nicodemus said.

Millburn said he and his co-author's message is that you can be happy now.

"You don't have to make a million dollars. You don't have to have a six-figure job. All you have to do is pursue things that you're passionate about,'' he said.

"Do things that align with your values and beliefs and don't work yourself to death. You don't have to do that to be happy."

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