Joshua Becker on Living a Minimalist Life

On a typical Saturday nearly nine years ago, Joshua Becker spent most of the day cleaning out the garage. In that moment, it occurred to him that his possessions weren’t making him happy, but actually keeping him from experiences that do bring happiness. Becker and Ellis talk about why we purchase new and bigger things to find happiness, finding what really brings us joy and fulfillment and how to simplify our lives down to the basics.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection, available in the May 2017 edition of SUCCESS magazine.

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  • Minimalism looks different for every person. What are some ways you could simplify your life?
  • Becker says we need to stop expecting things to make us happy. Refocus your efforts on family, relationships and a healthy work-life balance. That’s where happiness lies.
  • Living the minimalist lifestyle starts with being intentional about your posessions. Becker says he rid himself of nearly 70 percent of his belongings. They weren’t bringing him joy and he just didn’t need them.

Favorite quote from this episode:

“Does this item help me fulfill my purpose? If this thing helps me become who I want to be and do what I want to do, then this is an item that I should hold on to. Ultimately I think that, that we find our happiness in living out our purpose, uh whatever that might be.”

—Joshua Becker

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Josh Ellis is the former editor in chief for SUCCESS magazine. Before joining SUCCESS in 2012, he was an accomplished digital and print sportswriter, working for the Dallas Cowboys Star magazine, the team’s gameday program, and Originally from Longview, Texas, he began writing for his hometown newspaper at 16.

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