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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Reading material

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

The Role of Frugality in FIRE

Dive into the transformative world of financial independence with a refreshing take on frugality versus being cheap. Embrace the art of living well without living beyond your means, and find out how being frugal, not cheap, can unlock the door to your financial liberation.

Understanding the 4% Rule

Retirement withdrawal strategies are anything but one-size-fits-all. For many FIRE fans, determining how much to withdraw each year requires a balance between ensuring your savings last and meeting your current financial needs.

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.