Everything That Remains
A Memoir by The Minimalists
Joshua Fields Millburn
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
What if everything you ever wanted isn’t what you actually want?
Twenty-something, suit-clad, and upwardly mobile, Joshua Fields Millburn thought he had everything anyone could ever want. Until he didn’t anymore.
Blindsided by the loss of his mother and his marriage in the same month, Millburn started questioning every aspect of the life he had built for himself. Then, he accidentally discovered a lifestyle known as minimalism…and everything started to change.
That was four years ago. Since, Millburn, now 32, has embraced simplicity. In the pursuit of looking for something more substantial than compulsory consumption and the broken American Dream, he jettisoned most of his material possessions, paid off loads of crippling debt, and walked away from his six-figure career.
So, when everything was gone, what was left?
Not a how-to book but a why-to book, Everything That Remains is the touching, surprising story of what happened when one young man decided to let go of everything and begin living more deliberately. Heartrending, uplifting, and deeply personal, this engrossing memoir is peppered with insightful (and often hilarious) interruptions by Ryan Nicodemus, Millburn’s best friend of twenty years.
Catalyst for Change and Much More
Written by a young-old wise man, zen like, deep yet light, thought provoking, answer searching and finding, catalyst for very necessary change in our daily living, simply a must read for better and more meaningful life.
What’s Better Than Trying to Have It All? This.
It’s striking and immediate: Joshua Fields Millburn knows how to create vivid imagery and engaging stories with ease.
At the same time, the author and his partner in their stories – Ryan Nicodemus – can quickly shift from “Hey, wassup with that?” kinda language to a dialect that requires serious mental horsepower (and an expansive vocabulary) to keep up.
I’m far along on my minimalism journey, so I kept pace with the concepts and context in the book. But Everything That Remains is an intermediate to advanced level book in my opinion. I’d recommend it to anyone, but I think it will be especially powerful for people who have already aligned their values with Joshua and Ryan’s.
One thing’s for sure: Joshua and Ryan stand against much of what mainstream culture and economics preaches as the “right way.” But they stand for so much more, the kind of universal feelings that all humans want: contentment, abundance, gratitude, and slowing the heck down.
It’s easy to understand the liberation these two felt when they freed themselves from consumerism, "stuff," toxic relationships, and more. It’s something almost everyone wants … but often don’t have the chutzpah required to make happen.
These guys really know what is important in life. I've learned a lot about minimalism recently and look forward to putting various practices into play.
Simpler, calmer, a more deliberate life. Get off the hedonic treadmill and realize that it takes effort to get over trivial wants. But when you do, that is when the magic happens. Life changing advice here, really folks. Produce instead of consume.
Thanks guys once again for bringing the value