The Art of Letting Go | The Minimalists | TEDxFargo

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  • Published on Aug 24, 2016

  • How might your life be better with less? Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known to their 4 million readers as "The Minimalists," are the executive producers of MINIMALISM, the #1 indie documentary of 2016. They spoke at TEDxFargo about the benefits of letting go and living a meaningful life with less. For more info about The Minimalists visit http://theminimalists.com Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known to their four million readers as “The Minimalists,” have written four books, including the bestselling memoir, Everything That Remains. They write about living a meaningful life with less stuff at TheMinimalists.com. Their new film, Minimalism, is currently the #1 documentary of 2016. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx


  • I began my minimalism journey earlier this year. 5 carloads of items to Goodwill, sold things on Craigslist and eBay (sold $170 in things just this week). Even hauled a pickup truck load of stuff to the dump. It has been refreshing but still I have a long way to go. I was never a hoarder but is amazing of how much crap I have acquired over the years.

  • Love people,

  • Da Vinci says it best: "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."

  • When u wanna buy something, ask yourself 3 questions. 1.Do i want it? 2.Do i really need it? 3.if i get it, will it give me peace of mind?

  • "The greatest wealth is to live content with little"

  • I love the minimalist lifestyle and what it stands for, but I find it hard for others around me to understand it. I have a lot of people in my life who want gifts, they love commercial products & packaging. I've tried to convince them for years to try to reduce the gifts they buy me for birthdays and holidays, but it never seems to stick. I'd rather just spend time with them, and cook a meal together. Was wondering if anyone else had any challenges like this, and how have you dealt with them?

  • I will admit even as a poor person the minimalist life does help. I think it helped me by not caring so much about having more. To live within my means and to grow as a person. To a certain extent the poor are the original minamalist. However minimalism is not just having less its also a attitude. For me giving up the race for more and accepting less. Has helped my happiness and has increased my health. Since not focusing on getting more I focus on how to improve myself.

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    if you love something, let it go

  • we are moving out of our large 3 bedroom to a double wide mobile home that we payed cash for# we will save 1100 a month and I think it's the craziest coolest thing we've ever done! :-)

  • not even 10 mins into the video, paused it and im already decluttering my life. Feels great

  • just started my minimalism journey 2 months ago ive gotten rid of so much so far and dont miss a thing and im so much happier

  • accumulating too much, eating too much... always searching for the latest, greatest.  This is a sickness of modern world.  Be the Acetic Buddhist.

  • From the wise words of Mahatma Gandhi:

  • It's funny, I just saw an advertisement, before this video, trying to convince me to buy something I don't need and which wouldn't bring much longterm joy to my life

  • i can't hear the word "stuff" anymore....

  • These guys have brought simplicity into my life...let go of stuff that has no value.

  • These guys ooze coolness. And are probably the most genuine and humble people you could meet. Cut the bullshit berating their talk. It has value and authenticity, what more can you ask for? :)

  • I lost an earring almost 30 years ago. I kept the single earring for those 30 years, just in case I found the other one.Finally I threw it out because it was so silly.Then, I found the missing earring in a box at my mother’s house. Life is weird.

  • Lost my Dad almost a year ago. He died January this year. My life has went downhill completely since and I can't seem to let go and move on. I had Cancer myself at 28. My life changed when I got a second chance at life. I decided to sit at my desk all day programming until I've coded every idea I ever wanted. If I make money in the process ... good. If not, I did what I set out to achieve.

  • I do this to my facebook friends: 34 and counting!