- The MinimalistsAuthor, 2010 - present
- Cincinnati Bell IncDayton Region Area Manager, 1999 - 2011
Hi. I’m Joshua Fields Millburn. I'm an essayist, novelist, and memoirist. Some people think I look like Christopher Walken. (Thanks?)
A few randomish things about me:
I wasn’t a minimalist, until I was. In late 2009, after my mother died and my marriage ended in the same month, I started questioning everything in my life. That’s when I discovered minimalism. It was a beacon in the darkest of nights.
I’m passionate about writing, especially writing literary fiction. I’ve published three fiction and four nonfiction books, most of which have been bestsellers on Amazon. I like to think of my writing as one part David Foster Wallace, one part Christopher Wallace, and one part William Wallace.
I’m best known for my essays at The Minimalists where Ryan Nicodemus and I write about living meaningful lives with less stuff. I think I own less than 288 things (but I don’t actually count my stuff).
If Writing is my full-time lover, then Music is my secret crush. And although I’m not involved with her personally, I frequently enjoy her sweet voice from an earshot away. She reminds me of what it feels like to be alive—the euphony of the peaks, the valleys, and everything in between. You can check out some of my favorite albums here.
I believe the meaning of life is growth and contribution.
I don’t have a college degree of any sort. But I did work in the corporate world for 12 years. (Boring!) I used to manage more than 100 people in 16 retail stores as a regional manager. I was also the director of operations for 150 retail stores. In 2011, I quit my boring six-figure job at age 30 to become a full-time writer.
I teach an online writing class to a small group of students. The class, How to Write Better, helps students write more clearly, concisely, beautifully.
Ryan and I have spoken at Harvard Business School, SXSW, TEDx, WDS and dozens of other conferences, organizations, and universities. We host a limited number of speaking engagements each quarter. You can visit our speaking page if you’d like to book The Minimalist to speak to your group.
In 2012, I cofounded a publishing company and community called Asymmetrical Press with my friends Ryan, Colin, and Thom. Using asymmetrical techniques, we aim to improve the quality of published work: journalism, literature, poetry, nonfiction, educational texts, coffee table books, and everything in between.
I’m an introvert. I used to be an incredibly private person. Then I discovered Twitter. Now I’m a little too giddy about my especially short Twitter handle: @JFM. Follow me! You can also connect with me on Facebook, Google+, Pinterest, Instagram, Tumblr, and LinkedIn; laugh at silly photos of me; and check out some of my TV, radio, and print interviews.
Discover more about me on my personal fiction site.
You can also read 31 somewhat banal things you don’t know about me.