EPISODE 037: Losing Stuff - A Minimalist Journey: Joshua Becker

Best-selling author Joshua Becker joins me for a chat on minimalism and learning to live life with less.

Joshua has shared his story on top podcasts like Entrepreneur On Fire as well as, CBS Evening News, NPR, the Boston Globe, the Wall Street Journal and countless media interviews around the world.

I've wanted to have Joshua on since we begin the Loser journey in August 2015.  Ever since we met, his words and story stuck with me.

We're both former pastors, so we may get a little more "churchy" sounding than some of you are used to.  But don't let that stop you from hearing the quality stuff he shares here.

In a world of consumerism and lust of continual accumulation we've learned that there's nothing to find in it.  I love the lyrics of the Crass song, Pay As You Go...

You can put a mortgage on your life
To enter Shoppers' Paradise.
A trade-in for your dignity.
A lovely colour console TV.
To watch and cherish as the days slip by,
And dream of the things that money can buy.
Brushed chrome shit, plastic crap,
My life and my vision is worth more than that.
Plate glass ghetto, shopping spree,
I'm no fucking commodity.

I've battled with an addiction of wanting more, better car, bigger house, more electronics.  But after losing the big dollars of corporate, institutional religion in America, I've now seen the beauty of having less.  But don't assume this episode is about money, cause it's not.

Minimalism isn’t about money; it’s about intentionality.
— @Joshua_Becker on @LosingRReligion

ABOUT JOSHUA BECKER

Joshua Becker and his young family were introduced to minimalism 6 years ago during a short conversation with their neighbor. Since then, Joshua's story and writing have inspired millions around the world to find more life by owning fewer possessions. Today, based on his thoughtful and intentional approach to minimalism, he is one of the leading voices in the modern simplicity movement reaching over 1 million readers every month.

Joshua is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to intentional living that was named by SUCCESS Magazine as one of the top ten personal development websites in 2015.

He is also the Wall Street Journal best-selling author of Simplify and Clutterfree with Kids. He has contributed to articles in Time magazine, The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, and Christianity Today. And he is a frequent guest on HuffPost Live and has appeared on numerous television programs, including the CBS Evening News.

He is also the Founder of The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans. Currently, he lives in Peoria, AZ with his wife and two young kids.

BOOKS FROM JOSHUA

BRAND NEW BOOK

TALKED ABOUT IN THIS EPISODE

8 Reasons Successful People Are Choosing to Wear the Same Thing Every Day , Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Barak Obama all wear the same clothes every day.

MUSIC FROM THIS EPISODE

Crass - Buy Now, Pay As You Go (1982), FROM CHRIST-THE ALBUM

Buy now, pay as you go,
Buy now, say hello.
You can put a mortgage on your life
To enter Shoppers' Paradise.
A trade-in for your dignity.
A lovely colour console TV.
To watch and cherish as the days slip by,
And dream of the things that money can buy.
Brushed chrome shit, plastic crap,
My life and my vision is worth more than that.
Plate glass ghetto, shopping spree,
I'm no fucking commodity.
Lusting for objects, white wall refrigerator.
Cut off your fingers and buy a vibrator.
Get them while it lasts, your time is running out.
It's a new mink for christmas, that's what life's about.
A new tank, a new bomb, awaits you in the store.
Is life all that shallow that you're reaching out for more?
Start planning now for a family plot.
A satin-lined bunker where your corpses can rot.
Well there's nothing for sale here, no day-glo gore.
And I ain't no waxed-up showroom whore.
I don't need carrots in front of my eyes.
Man made pre-fab, polyester lies.
Or sexy glossy adverts left on my mat.
I live with my needs I don't need that.
I Don't need a yacht to take a cruise.
Don't need a telephone in the loo.
Won't barter my soul for a rip-joint sale.
Excess is just another nouveau jail.
Don't want to grow fat off the fat of the land,
Or to choke on the greed of public command.
Work thirty years with one foot in the grave.
Possession junkie, consumer slave.
If money buys freedom it's already spent.
Your object's the subject of my contempt.
Buy now, pay as you go,
Buy now, say hello.
Bye bye
Bye bye.

I was always frustrated that I continued to have significant pay increases but never seemed to be able to get ahead financially.
— @Joshua_Becker on @LosingRReligion
Minimalism and frugality are not the same things.
— @Joshua_Becker on @LosingRReligion
It’s almost like society highjacks our passions and redirects them towards things that they what our lives to matter for.
— @Joshua_Becker on @LosingRReligion
My goal has always been that my possessions would not be a burden to me whether in excess or in lack.
— @Joshua_Becker on @LosingRReligion

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