The Minimalists

Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus are authors, podcasters, filmmakers, and public speakers focused on Minimalism.

Authors, podcasters, filmmakers, and public speakers, Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus began pursuing the minimalist lifestyle in 2010. After experiencing significant improvements in their quality of life as a result of adopting and practicing the tenets of minimalism, the pair launched a website in December 2010 to share their experiences.

The Minimalists have been featured in the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, The Atlantic, TIME, and L.A. Weekly, and they have spoken at Harvard, Apple, SXSW, and TEDx. The Minimalists Podcast is the #1 health podcast on iTunes, and their film, MINIMALISM, was the #1 indie documentary of 2016.

Also, shout out to the Director of Minimalism, Matt D’Avella. He was gracious with his time during our launch of Playing with FIRE, and is creating some killer content over at his website. Check him out.

Ultimately financial independence isn’t about making all the money in the world, it’s about being responsible with the money you have right now.

— Joshua Fields Millburn

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A documentary about the FIRE movement and one families quest to achieve financial independence and retire early. Available on the following:

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A perfect follow up on the film to dive deeper into the philosophies and "how-tos of the FIRE movement"
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Reading material

We have assembled the foundational information to get your start on the right foot down the FIRE path to financial independence.

How to Reach Financial Independence

Now that you know what FIRE is and why there is a growing movement of people who are aspiring to reach FIRE — or who have already succeeded — you might start wondering if this is something you could achieve.

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Playing with FIRE book forward written by Pete Adeney, a.k.a. Mr. Money Mustache

What is the Mega-Backdoor Roth Strategy?

Individuals with high incomes are usually not allowed to use a Roth IRA, but a mega-backdoor Roth conversion strategy is one way for these individuals to contribute up to $39,500 to a Roth IRA, get the tax-free benefits on the growth of these monies, and then withdraw the funds in retirement.