Becoming Minimalist with Ryan Nicodemus

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

the-minimalistsWant more time, more money, more freedom, and more fun? Then this podcast episode is for you.

As a long time Bruce Lee fan, I’ve always been an advocate for simplicity and minimalism. When things get too complex or I start accumulating too much physical or mental clutter I’m never quite as happy.

I’ll never forget the first time I saw the movie, Fight Club. It was like an epiphany when I heard Tyler Durden say, “We buy sh*t we don’t need with money we don’t have, to impress people we don’t like.”

He talked about how the things we own end up owning us. About the ability to let that which does not matter truly slide. My mind was blown and my life changed.

Later I read several books on the concept of minimalism, essentialism, and the importance of simplicity and a singular focus, but I’m human and can slip up, which is why it was perfect timing to sit down with Ryan Nicodemus of The Minimalists.

He is one of the leading voices in the minimalist world and one of the stars of the new documentary, Minimalism. We talk about how saying no to certain things can open up so much more time, money, freedom and fun in your life.

In this episode we discuss:

  • “The Junk Drawer” and his trick to saying no and staying clutter free [2:52]
  • How he came to the decision to avoid living paycheck to paycheck [4:28]
  • The reality of selling cell phones and the idea of buying happiness [5:30]
  • His best friend and the introduction to Minimalism [7:55]
  • The definition of a packing party and prioritizing needs vs. wants [11:45]
  • How the blog “” came to be [13:44]
  • How removing material items impacted his life [14.22]
  • Fear, monetizing the blog, and being a barista [16:14]
  • Traveling while making $21,000 a year [19:33]
  • The book tour and living in Missoula, Montana [20:55]
  • His philosophy on “Good Debt” and responsibility [23:52]
  • The first steps to living a life of minimalism [25:33]
  • How time is spent, building relationships and a no excuse approach to living a healthy life [29:04]
  • Avoiding the black hole of social media, advertising and comparing yourself to others [32:51]
  • His rule before making a purchase [39:53]
  • His daily rituals and/or routines that he must complete [42:04]
  • The benefits of developing the habit of mediating [43:18]
  • What clothing he keeps in his closet and tricks to keep them fresh [44:46]
  • Life rules that are unique to him [47:59]
  • The value of digital vs. hard copy book collecting [51:15]
  • Tips for the entrepreneur to build a great, genuine business and add value [52:43]
  • What he is inspired by today [54:34]

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