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 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.

The Importance of Savings Rate in FIRE

Explore the essential role of savings rate in the FIRE movement for achieving financial independence and early retirement. Learn how to balance frugality, investment strategies, and lifestyle to accelerate your journey towards financial freedom.

Trust vs. Living Will: Setting Up Your Estate Plan

Estate Planning is an often overlooked, yet incredibly important step in your path to Financial Independence. Let's dive into the world of Trusts and Wills, and why you need to create one as soon as you can.

Achieving Financial Independence: A Step-by-Step Guide

Explore a step-by-step guide to achieving financial independence. Understand the core principles of the FIRE movement and strategies for early retirement.