Joshua Fields Millburn

Joshua Fields Millburn


We are made of time; it is the force that tells us who we are.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, in 1981, Joshua Fields Millburn travailed the corporate world for a dozen years, most recently as the director of operations for 150 retail stores at a large telecommunications company. In 2011, he quit his boring six-figure job at age 30 to pursue a life as a full-time author and writing instructor. He currently lives in Missoula, Montana.

Although Millburn is primarily a literary fiction writer, he is perhaps best known for his nonfiction writings at The Minimalists, where he writes essays about living more deliberately in a heavily mediated, consumer culture. He has published four bestselling books, including a novel, As a Decade Fades; a nonfiction book, Minimalism: Live a Meaningful Life; a memoir, Everything That Remainsand an essay collection: Essential.

Millburn has been featured on CBS This Morning, ABC, NBC, FOX, NPR, CBC Radio, Wall Street JournalUSA Today, New York Times, ForbesBoston Globe, San Francisco Chronicle, San Francisco ExaminerChicago Tribune, Chicago Sun-TimesSeattle Times, Toronto StarGlobe & Mail, Vancouver Sun, Village VoiceLA WeeklyZen Habits, and various other outlets. He has toured internationally and has spoken at Harvard Business School, SXSW, World Domination Summit, and several other organizations, schools, and conferences. His favorite color is blue, and he wrote this entire [auto]biography in third person, which seems, like, just a tad pretentious in retrospect, doesn’t it?