By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus · Follow: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram
A year after we started our website we published our first book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life. Five years later, we decided to update Minimalism—not only with a beautiful new cover, but every single page is refined.
This book has been a long time in the making. Its initial iteration, conceived in 2010 and completed in March 2011, was a 300-page how-to guide called Minimalism in 21 Days. A 300-page book about becoming a minimalist? This didn’t feel right to us. How could a book about minimalism—a book about reducing life’s excess—be 300 pages? We could almost taste the irony. Don’t get us wrong: it was a good book, far better than most drivel you’ll find on the Internet. But because we didn’t feel it was a great book, and because it lacked a necessary brevity, we did what any responsible authors would’ve done: we scrapped the entire project, published an attenuated version of Minimalism in 21 Days for free on our website, and started over with a blank page. It was difficult, but it felt like the only genuine way to create a meaningful book.
The result was the first edition of Minimalism: Live a Meani…