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CR 4-619 The Art of Letting Go

NAPO 2015 Opening Keynote

What if everything we want isn't actually what we want? Best friends Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus experienced exactly that: six-figure salaries, oversized houses, luxury cars, and all the trappings of success. They were living the American Dream, but something was wrong. All the things that were supposed to make them happy—all the trinkets, gadgets, and widgets—weren't doing their job. Instead of happiness, all those things weighed them down, filling their lives with debt, stress, and discontent. So they decided to let go of everything and found a more meaningful life on other side. Now, five years later, Joshua and Ryan, better known to their 3 million readers as The Minimalists, share their story about letting go, getting the physical, mental, and emotional clutter out of the way to focus on what's truly important.


  • Create a meaningful life by reducing the desire for material possessions so people can focus on life's most important areas: health, relationships, creativity, growth, contribution