The Art of Letting Go | The Minimalists | TEDxFargo

  • Published: 24 August 2016
  • How might your life be better with less? Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known to their 4 million readers as "The Minimalists," are the executive producers of MINIMALISM, the #1 indie documentary of 2016. They spoke at TEDxFargo about the benefits of letting go and living a meaningful life with less. For more info about The Minimalists visit
    Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, known to their four million readers as “The Minimalists,” have written four books, including the bestselling memoir, Everything That Remains. They write about living a meaningful life with less stuff at Their new film, Minimalism, is currently the #1 documentary of 2016.
    This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

Comments • 930

  • Sally Vernon
    Sally Vernon  2 dias atrás

    less is more

    • Sally Vernon
      Sally Vernon  2 dias atrás

      burzynski dot com - cancer cure

      • Mc Morena
        Mc Morena  3 dias atrás

        Moisés e Elias

        • Adéla Větrovcová
          Adéla Větrovcová  3 dias atrás

          Love you guys. Thank you for doing all of it.

          • sajtosrud576
            sajtosrud576  7 dias atrás

            It’s not the material stuff you have to get rid of to live happy and stress free life, it’s the responsibilities.

            • Eudora
              Eudora  10 dias atrás

              Not what I thought it was going to be. This is just about not collecting unnecessary junk with a moral at the end of the story.

              • I agree with you
                I agree with you  17 dias atrás

                I'm a minimalist but my husband is a hoarder. So yeah, that's fun...

                • Robin Lillian
                  Robin Lillian  20 dias atrás

                  If your Mother's stuff made her happy while she was alive, too bad if you didn't like clearing it out. I will keep as much stuff in my house as I want, too: "Who cares if you disagree? You are not me. Who made you king of anything? So you dare tell me who to be. Who died and made you king of anything?"

                  • Juan carlos Sanchez
                    Juan carlos Sanchez  23 dias atrás

                    Somebody should translated to spanish,

                    • Kayla Austin
                      Kayla Austin  26 dias atrás

                      When I'm going through stuff now the thing that's helped me the most is repeating "make a decision and make it now" because really that's all I'm doing is delaying making a decision.

                      • Ea Jordan
                        Ea Jordan  26 dias atrás

                        So be careful. Your enemies will try and make you let go of your wife , your property, even your life . Turn your practice against your interests . The buddha was clear . You let go of your problems , imagined futures imagined pasts , and enjoy the present

                        • Aby Guerrero
                          Aby Guerrero  29 dias atrás


                          • N Thurston90
                            N Thurston90  Mês atrás

                            Dude so true about Midwestern folks moving to Florida for retirement. Lmao

                            • Katelynne Wenzoski
                              Katelynne Wenzoski  Mês atrás

                              I started my minimalism journey 2 years ago. It’s now a habit. You get used to finding multiple uses for one object rather than purchase a new item for every single use.

                              • steve smith
                                steve smith  Mês atrás

                                So do I keep a wrench, Just in case my car breaks, as it adds value to fix my car when it WILL break!

                                • Marc Normandin
                                  Marc Normandin  Mês atrás

                                  The second guy sounds just like Cody from Cody's Lab.

                                  • laarnie ang
                                    laarnie ang  2 meses atrás


                                    • Jasmin Dingle
                                      Jasmin Dingle  2 meses atrás

                                      Just wow!

                                      • Stefanie Steven
                                        Stefanie Steven  2 meses atrás


                                        • E M
                                          E M  2 meses atrás

                                          Why all this STUFF just to give a TedTalk about minimalism? The irony.

                                          • Stephanie McLaughlin
                                            Stephanie McLaughlin  2 meses atrás

                                            I was thinking the same 😂

                                            • Dollree Mappmmk
                                              Dollree Mappmmk  3 meses atrás

                                              When he said in actuality he was "a well organized hoarder". It all looked good. EXACTLY!!!! Less stuff equals less stress. MUCH less stress. ✌️❤️😊

                                              • Rae Sunshine
                                                Rae Sunshine  3 meses atrás

                                                Awesome message, guys!😊🙌🙌🙌💛

                                                • Captain Yethie
                                                  Captain Yethie  3 meses atrás

                                                  This make me more realize not to get attach to all things in this world including earth because this not are home

                                                  • Reza Pratama
                                                    Reza Pratama  3 meses atrás

                                                    i just waiting him to say "the first rule of the fight club is......"

                                                    • chinh au
                                                      chinh au  3 meses atrás

                                                      Very good....The West ,finally,has learned the lesson...not hoarding and accumulation make you happy....let it go...relinquishing-distributing-sharing will lift you up to your inner heaven...

                                                      • RadenWA
                                                        RadenWA  4 meses atrás

                                                        I would also rather just keep digital photos rather than the physical items, but now I have way too many photos and needed multiple drives and their backups, and it goes back to being a clutter again :(

                                                        • Kate Brown
                                                          Kate Brown  4 meses atrás

                                                          Did anyone count how many times he said ‘stuff’?? My god.

                                                          • David Tal
                                                            David Tal  4 meses atrás

                                                            i lived in an appartment that had a nice futon to sleep on, clothing, and kitchenware. oh, and a computer. the only things i really wanted that i didnt have was a desk and chair for the computer. when you have little, it can become amazing what you can do without. i wasnt a minimalist, i just didnt have much but then again i realized real fast that i didnt Need much either. all too often people confuse what they want with what they need.

                                                            • martysk8r
                                                              martysk8r  4 meses atrás

                                                              There's a fine line between minimalism and prepping.

                                                              • Ruslan Pavlovich.Разное

                                                                My wife doesn’t get it

                                                                • Monique L
                                                                  Monique L  4 meses atrás

                                                                  Yesterday, before watching this, i gave away a microwave and felt almost giddy with joy! Now i know why. Everything i get rid of makes me feel lighter somehow.

                                                                  • Pradyumna Kulkarni
                                                                    Pradyumna Kulkarni  4 meses atrás

                                                                    1.1k Capitalist disliked.

                                                                    • Bri Terry
                                                                      Bri Terry  5 meses atrás

                                                                      Experiences > Things

                                                                      • Rocío M. Acosta
                                                                        Rocío M. Acosta  5 meses atrás

                                                                        I love and share their values. Lets say goodbye to compulsory consumption and have a better lifestyle.

                                                                        • Mobaba Moba
                                                                          Mobaba Moba  5 meses atrás

                                                                          "Don't know what else to throw out of the house to make it clean to the max? Throw yourself out! People are also an eyesore for the house! Aaah, that's perfect!

                                                                          • Mobaba Moba
                                                                            Mobaba Moba  5 meses atrás

                                                                            Is it just me or is 'minimalism' just an invented 1st world problem? 'Boohoo I have too much money and too much success and too much stuff I'm sad with all my possessions!" . If people are woorrying about minimalism they don't have real problems. All I care is my bed ridden parents and where to get some small money for stuff to survive. Minimalism is something I can not imagine to care about because I live it not by choice.

                                                                            • N F
                                                                              N F  5 meses atrás

                                                                              Ummm, good topic, boring delivery.

                                                                              • Anne Anne
                                                                                Anne Anne  6 meses atrás

                                                                                There are some born minimalists who would never understood this message... you let go while they've nothing to keep.

                                                                                • nickability
                                                                                  nickability  6 meses atrás

                                                                                  I like the Minimalists, their message, and what they stand for, but jeez the first half of this was cringey. It was like a bad stand up comic joking about a dead person's belonging. Awkward

                                                                                  • Katelyn Gash-Hall
                                                                                    Katelyn Gash-Hall  6 meses atrás

                                                                                    How come no one is talking about how beautiful dude’s mom was but dude looks like something Steve Buscemi scraped off his teeth?

                                                                                    • Gwendolyn Marsh
                                                                                      Gwendolyn Marsh  6 meses atrás

                                                                                      I began minimalism about 10 years ago. At first it was great to de-clutter and give things away. However, for me it became a part of a mental illness and suicide planning where I would give or throw away everything. At one point I had enough belongings that I could easily move in my car. It's difficult for me to buy things, and own very little. I have to be mindful as to why I'm throwing something out, or giving something away. Thus- use caution in the 30 day challenge. I agree with the concepts, however, it does have to be done in a healthy way, and it doesn't hurt to check in on people to identify their intentions and well being. Much love to you all. G :-)

                                                                                      • Darlene Laski
                                                                                        Darlene Laski  6 meses atrás

                                                                                        Great personal talk as you age and grow wiser. Most likely, those of us in our 50's and 60's have already experienced the experiences of those of you in your 30's and 40's. At least the major ones like career choices, falling in love, having a family, health issues, losing a family member, facing a life changing traumatic event, etc. George Carlin produced an "album " in the 70s called "Stuff" I believe. It was very funny at the time. You kids might want to set some time aside, once a month, and just sit quietly and listen, with full attention, to the older members of your family. Allow them to share their stories. Learn a thing or two that might help you to avoid a mistake they made. Because I didn't do that in my 30's and 40's and someone in their 50s made the same suggestion to me, but I ignored it. I was too SELF centered. Now, I regret it so much and the WORSE emotion to drag around with oneself is regret. By the way, I would kill for the luxury of watching a homemade video of myself at the age of 3 or 10 or 25, or look at photos of my life, throughout my life, that the "millenials" or the "minimalists" have today because your taking for granted that your memories will be clear and in tact when you reach your 50s and so on. By the way again, haven't you watched Antique Roadshow and valuable treasures found in ancestors attics? You're all gonna be fine.

                                                                                        • Jlinus
                                                                                          Jlinus  6 meses atrás

                                                                                          Also why would u throw away your photos??? What about art. Life would be dull without art in every room.

                                                                                          • Jlinus
                                                                                            Jlinus  6 meses atrás

                                                                                            As a broke uni student I don't really have a choice🤣

                                                                                            • PLANTLOVEAFRIKA
                                                                                              PLANTLOVEAFRIKA  6 meses atrás

                                                                                              Minimalism seems like a new concept but its not. Its no secret, the bible has been saying this for centuries ''Keep your eye simple''.

                                                                                              • Georgiana speaks
                                                                                                Georgiana speaks  6 meses atrás

                                                                                                I think this strategy is a good idea for your relationships too. Culling some of those frenemies that don't bring joy either!

                                                                                                • \ \ Sweden \ \
                                                                                                  \ \ Sweden \ \  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                  I don't think minimalism is good because you shouldn't have any small amount of clothes.

                                                                                                  • June Twenty
                                                                                                    June Twenty  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                    Ryan is the star of the show

                                                                                                    • kyolym
                                                                                                      kyolym  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                      Screw this BS, I'm glad I saved all my good stuff after a few decades I actually have a nice nets egg as I can sell off things here and there. Having absolutely nothing of value for emergence situations is not such a good idea, And no I'm not a hoarder

                                                                                                      • E M
                                                                                                        E M  2 meses atrás

                                                                                                        12:12. If you have things that you can manage and that give you value or are an investment rather than just being clutter that distracts you from real happiness, then there is nothing in this video that is BS. Nothing in it contradicts your comments.

                                                                                                        • Rabin Adhikari
                                                                                                          Rabin Adhikari  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                          As I broke person, I am happy and looking for stuffs I don’t need in my parents house, where I live. I am trying to convince my dad that we don’t need that old TV and old sofa, oh old furnitures in basement that we never use. I am still digging the stuffs that I can discard.

                                                                                                          • Linda Carter
                                                                                                            Linda Carter  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                            ***What's important is ourselves, and the people we care for and love. when we die we can't take all of our money, big house, or all of our things. No matter how much they mean to us. Things are not, and will never be as important as ourselves or, even be on the same level as us, to even be able to go with us. There just things...a VIRTUAL ITEM, with no specific value, they seem to only have value because we grant them that value... without us there nothing. If we understand this simple truth, many things will instantly loose there value right before our eyes, and there emotional connect with us almost instantly . Therefore, making it easy for use to part away from materialistic items, and that's how we are able to just, let go. Out of sight out of mind. Materialism is a disease that destroys our inner happiness. We use materialistic things as a crutch to boost our confidence and comfort our inner insecurities.***

                                                                                                            • SparklePeace
                                                                                                              SparklePeace  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                              I quit periscope for a year and did not go back it was addicting. I then stop going on social media which took my anxiety away. I do not watch TV at all and I go on You Tube once in a bit. I do not go on Facebook at all since 3 years. I have notice more people that quit social media started to not have depression and anxiety. I read the bible which has changed my life and I have learned that I can live without many things that I thought I needed. I also lost 45 lbs my life has changed for the better since I go online less. True at first it is painful like an ache but it goes away eventually. I now help people quit social media which now most of them started offline businesses.

                                                                                                              • Phil Lozano
                                                                                                                Phil Lozano  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                Very well done!

                                                                                                                • Hatori Zenzo
                                                                                                                  Hatori Zenzo  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                  Guess I'll start by removing songs I never really listen to from my computer

                                                                                                                  • ASMR Cats
                                                                                                                    ASMR Cats  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                    These guys are hilarious! They talk about not having so much stuff, yet I have never seen a TED (or TEDx) Talk that had so much stuff and so many props on stage *lol

                                                                                                                    • emmanuelle vitorya
                                                                                                                      emmanuelle vitorya  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                      My mom has a private Goodwill at her house in her basement she has more than 500 coats. I want see her house empty ...out off the hundreds junks collections she has it means also an unhealthy life.

                                                                                                                      • MrMoneyHelper
                                                                                                                        MrMoneyHelper  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                        Years ago I shed the possessions that would fill a three bedroom house. Then lived in a minivan for a couple of years. Even then I felt I had too much stuff. Now I live in a rented room with all of those things and more. What I need is a good camera to photograph all of my family memorabilia and then give it to a relative that wants it. I want to live in a tiny RV trailer so that I can move at a moments notice if desired. There truly is a feeling of relief and freedom once the purge is done. The trepidation is about whether certain things should be shed. Some things I released were needed later on. Those were tools. At the time they were let go it was the right thing to do. Now that I know how it feels to let go of many things at once, I can tell you that it is good to let go of things that aren't being used regularly. You will feel better. Do it.

                                                                                                                        • Candi Cane
                                                                                                                          Candi Cane  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                          It took a brain tumor to put me on my minimalism journey. After I came home from the hospital from getting my tumor removed, I came home to whole houseful of antiques and collectibles from the last 20 years. I had to walk with a walker at that time and I realized I couldn’t get to the bathroom because there was too many things blocking my walkway. I told myself when I recover and gain strength, I would clear this place out. And that I did. I called an antique shop up the road and asked if they wanted to buy out my the contents of my entire home. They knew I had good stuff, so they were thrilled. They brought 3 trucks. It was all gone in one day. My home is now extremely simple and minimal. I love it. I donated all my extra clothes, purses, etc to the Goodwill. It is so freeing. I survived the brain tumor and I see life in a whole different way. My advice is: get attached to people and family, not material things. Thank you God for my new life ♥️ and thank you guys for the inspiration!!

                                                                                                                          • Josephine Pedler
                                                                                                                            Josephine Pedler  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                            You guys are amazing

                                                                                                                            • Octa Richie
                                                                                                                              Octa Richie  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                              what items can I throw while I have nothing, I'm minimalism since born, every stuff i have is valuable cuz that the only thing i have

                                                                                                                              • Ti'el Lochridge
                                                                                                                                Ti'el Lochridge  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                Maybe that's why it seems so hard to delete pictures

                                                                                                                                • Lorna Parong
                                                                                                                                  Lorna Parong  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                  Thank you so much. My mom just recently passed away. I was saving a lot of her stuff in my already cluttered house. I'm going to donate her stuff and just keep a few things. I'm also going to get rid of a lot of stuff that I don't need.

                                                                                                                                  • talebutt bitchton
                                                                                                                                    talebutt bitchton  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                    How do these Ted X dorks look at themselves in the morning and not vomit?

                                                                                                                                    • drfix2020
                                                                                                                                      drfix2020  8 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                      I'm working on my path to becoming a minimalist!......Truth is, The more things you have, The more things you WORRY about!

                                                                                                                                      • smoothie càrdôza
                                                                                                                                        smoothie càrdôza  8 meses atrás


                                                                                                                                        • SDSUMIGUEL
                                                                                                                                          SDSUMIGUEL  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                          ChrisSTUFFer Walken

                                                                                                                                          • Yami Sanchez
                                                                                                                                            Yami Sanchez  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                            Thank you guys you two are an excellent inspiration. I also saw your documentary in Nerflix.

                                                                                                                                            • Zaidi Ademeit
                                                                                                                                              Zaidi Ademeit  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                              He looks to be 30 years old...hardly enough time to accumulate anything to burden your life, and the need to let go of. However, I know a decluttered room is the first step towards a decluttered mind!! As long as you know this simple rule, and practice it, your mind would be clearer, and your sense of self, more acute, in your later years.

                                                                                                                                              • Jade Nohels
                                                                                                                                                Jade Nohels  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                Life changing. I have never cried tears of hope so forcefully 👍

                                                                                                                                                • Sara Romeo
                                                                                                                                                  Sara Romeo  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                  The only problem I'm facing is that I got rid of tons of stuff, but now I'm a "digital hoarder" of photographs!! Always a memory in each one even the most useless! Someone please help me and tell me what to do.... 🙈😂

                                                                                                                                                  • MrMoneyHelper
                                                                                                                                                    MrMoneyHelper  7 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                    When your drive crashes and they all are lost you will realize that life goes on just as always. Attachments of all kinds hinder spiritual growth. That is actually part of what happens when one releases possessions. One grows a little or a lot.

                                                                                                                                                    • shruti nishtala
                                                                                                                                                      shruti nishtala  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                      They brought props to explain that you shouldn't spend unnecessarily 😂😂😂

                                                                                                                                                      • Ram Jam
                                                                                                                                                        Ram Jam  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                        Pathos and Logos...excellent

                                                                                                                                                        • PastelTessa
                                                                                                                                                          PastelTessa  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                          I find starting minimalism is conflicting with my reduced waste lifestyle. I feel like I can't throw away some things because I could sell them or reuse them, but never do. I don't when it's okay to throw stuff away, even though I know I won't need to throw away much more once I'm done figureing out what I want to keep and what not.

                                                                                                                                                          • goldsilverandiamonds
                                                                                                                                                            goldsilverandiamonds  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                            I'm just starting my Maximalism journey. Just bought a bunch of cool stuff I'm going to use and enjoy while helping the economy and help employ others so they can feed their families and live well.

                                                                                                                                                            • ThAdonis
                                                                                                                                                              ThAdonis  9 meses atrás

                                                                                                                                                              I got rid of sooo much stuff in the past month, I just went for it! :D um, has anyone seen my cat?