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Things That Matter

Overcoming Distraction to Pursue a More Meaningful Life

Joshua Becker

About Things That Matter

Discover practical steps you can take today to live a life focused on things that matter, from the bestselling author of The More of Less and The Minimalist Home.

Things That Matter points the way to free ourselves from the distractions of everyday life so that we can build the lives we seek to create.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project


Do you want to live a meaningful life—with very few regrets—and make a positive difference in the world? But is culture distracting you from doing so? Perhaps moments, days, and years go by without you stopping to ask yourself, Am I living out my true purpose? Even if that question whispers to you, are you brushing it aside because you don’t know what to change in life’s busyness?
 
In Things That Matter, Joshua Becker helps you identify the obstacles—such as fear, technology, money, possessions, and the opinions of others—that keep you from living with intention, and then he provides practical ideas for letting go of those distractions today so you can focus on what matters most. He uses practical exercises and questions, insights from a nationwide survey, and success stories to give you the motivation you need to
 
  identify the pursuits that matter most to you
  align your dreams with your daily priorities
  recognize how money and possessions keep you from happiness
  become aware of how others’ opinions of you influence your choices
  embrace what you’re truly passionate about instead of planning that next escape
  figure out what to do with all those emails, notifications, and pings
  let go of past mistakes and debilitating habits
 
Things That Matter is a book about living well. It’s about overcoming the chatter of a world focused on all the wrong things. It’s about rethinking the common assumptions of today to find satisfaction and fulfillment tomorrow.
 
How do we get to the end of our lives with minimal regrets? We set aside lesser pursuits to seek lasting meaning. And we discover the joy of doing it every day.

Praise

“The thought-provoking insights and stories inside Things That Matter will help you live your one precious life with more presence, purpose, and peace.”—Rachel Macy Stafford, New York Times bestselling author of Hands Free Mama

Things That Matter is a must-read to recenter yourself and filter out the distractions of the world.” —Chris Norton, motivational keynote speaker featured in 7 Yards

“Reminding us that chasing fame and fortune squanders our precious life energy, Joshua offers a compassionate guide to finding what really matters.” —Robert J. Waldinger, MD, professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

“Joshua shares his insight from the perspective of a caring friend who wants to help you move beyond the regret-and-avoidance cycle into purposeful living.”—Dawn Madsen, The Minimal Mom and author of Declutter Your Home in 15 Minutes a Day

“This delightful guide full of impactful and practical information will lead you through many of the roadblocks you may be facing.”—Ronald L. Banks, speaker, writer, and coach

Things That Matter is required reading for anyone seeking practical guidance on how to confront life’s many distractions and—more importantly—how to overcome them.”—Christine Platt, author of The Afrominimalist’s Guide to Living with Less

“By removing the distractions outlined in this book, we are able to clear the clutter and create space to build life balance, personal growth, and purpose.”—Dave Braun and Troy Amdahl (The OolaGuys), experts on work-life balance

“This book’s siren call—that we should aim to be generous, not wealthy, and get dirt under our fingernails by serving others—cements Joshua’s status as a much-needed voice of reason and kindness in the modern world.”—Helen Russell, bestselling author of How to Be Sad

“Every once in a while you read a book that can save you years (or decades) of angst, disappointment, and missed attempts at finding significance and contentment. This is one of those books, packed with wisdom and insight.”—Carey Nieuwhof, bestselling author, speaker, and podcast host

“Joshua’s work and this book are a beautiful combination of wisdom, warmth, and practical advice to help us live with intention and meaning. We have the power to make choices every day to do more of what truly matters—and Joshua offers us practical suggestions to do this.”—Nataly Kogan, bestselling author of The Awesome Human Project

“Ten years from now it won’t really matter what shoes you wore today, how your hair looked, or what brand of clothes you wore. What will matter is how you lived, how you loved, and what you learned along the way. And Things That Matter is a beautiful guide for getting there.”—Marc and Angel Chernoff, New York Times bestselling authors of Getting Back to Happy

About Joshua Becker

JOSHUA BECKER is the founder and editor of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. The website welcomes over 1,000,000 readers each month and has inspired millions around the world to consider the practical benefits of owning fewer possessions and given them the practical help to get started. He is the best-selling (Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Publisher's Weekly, Amazon, Audible) author of The More of Less: Finding the Life You Want Under Everything You Own. Joshua's writing has led to speaking opportunities all across America and internationally. He is a contributing writer to Forbes and has made media appearances in the Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post Live, and the CBS Evening News. Joshua and his young family live in Peoria, AZ. In many ways, they are just your typical middle-class, suburban family--minus the dog and relentless pursuit of physical possessions.

Product Details

256 pages | Published by WaterBrook

On Sale Date: Apr 19, 2022

Trim Size: 5-1/2 x 8-1/4

Carton Quantity: 12

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Discover practical steps you can take today to live a life focused on things that matter, from the bestselling author of The More of Less and The Minimalist Home.Things That Matter points the way to free ourselves from the distractions of everyday life so that we can build the lives we seek to create.”—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project Do you want to live a meaningful life—with very few regrets—and make a positive difference in the world? But is culture distracting you from doing so? Perhaps moments, days, and years go by without you stopping to ask yourself, Am I living out my true purpose? Even if that question whispers to you, are you brushing it aside because you don’t know what to change in life’s busyness? In Things That Matter, Joshua Becker helps you identify the obstacles—such as fear, technology, money, possessions, and the opinions of others—that keep you from living with intention, and then he provides practical ideas for letting go of those distractions today so you can focus on what matters most. He uses practical exercises and questions, insights from a nationwide survey, and success stories to give you the motivation you need to   identify the pursuits that matter most to you   align your dreams with your daily priorities   recognize how money and possessions keep you from happiness   become aware of how others’ opinions of you influence your choices   embrace what you’re truly passionate about instead of planning that next escape   figure out what to do with all those emails, notifications, and pings   let go of past mistakes and debilitating habits Things That Matter is a book about living well. It’s about overcoming the chatter of a world focused on all the wrong things. It’s about rethinking the common assumptions of today to find satisfaction and fulfillment tomorrow. How do we get to the end of our lives with minimal regrets? We set aside lesser pursuits to seek lasting meaning. And we discover the joy of doing it every day.

Press Release

USA Today Bestselling Author and Leading Minimalist Joshua Becker Inspires Readers to Build a Meaningful,
No-Regrets Life By Helping Them Overcome Common Distractions to Living a Life of Purpose and Fulfillment


USA Today bestselling author and founder of the influential Becoming Minimalist blog, Joshua Becker, has been helping millions to find more by owning less for the last 15 years. 
 
Now, in his most inspiring book yet—“Things That Matter: Overcoming Distraction to Pursue a More Meaningful Life” (WaterBrook; on-sale 4/19/22)—this leading advocate of simple-living equips readers to build a meaningful, no-regrets life that is both satisfying and fulfilling by helping them overcome 8 common distractions: 
 
1. Fear. So many people never start chasing their dream, or quit too soon, because they’re scared of something.
2. Past mistakes. For many people, never getting past ways they have messed up, or wrongs that others have done to them, prevents them from making progress on things that matter to them.
3. Happiness. When we try to satisfy our pursuit of happiness in the pursuit of self, we always fall short of the truest, most-lasting forms of happiness.
4. Money. The desire for money causes many to sacrifice their true passions and objectives just to acquire more of it.
5. Possessions. All that stuff we own is constantly calling out for our attention.
6. Applause. Finding our self-worth in the approval of others negatively impacts the
7. Leisure. Many of us are more focused on getting to our weekends, vacations, and retirement than on doing things we’re passionate about.
8. Technology. Here’s the problem that characterizes practically all of us in this tech-saturated age—all those posts, notifications, reminders, headlines, and ringtones.
 
In the book, Becker shares insights from his nationwide Things That Matter survey as well as success stories from his own life and from people he admires who have courageously shifted into living a more meaningful life. 
 
This survey shows that 57% of respondents said they are “somewhat” or “a great deal” kept from fulfilling their purpose in life because of the distraction of technology. He openly admits he’s been too distracted by tech before and, in order to keep it from mastering his life, he takes an extended break from technology each year.  
 
He also offers these 5 warning signs showing his readers they might need a digital detox:
1) They spend more time on their devices than they intended.
2) They feel guilt or dissatisfaction after spending time with their electronic devices.
3) They are motivated by a fear of missing out.
4) They experience urges to check their device and check again.
5) They never have enough time in their day.
 
Additionally, he offers some practical ways individuals can provide positive and helpful online contributions that benefit others.
 
Throughout, he helps readers focus on things that truly matter and not compare their own journeys with others, since each of their individual “successes” will look different than someone else’s. 
  
For more information, visit BecomingMinimalist.com & PenguinRandomHouse.com

ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Joshua Becker, author of Things That Matter: Overcoming Distractions to Pursue a More Meaningful Life (WaterBrook; on-sale 4/19/22), is also the bestselling author of The More of Less, The Minimalist Home, and founder of Becoming Minimalist, a website dedicated to inspiring others to find more life by owning less. The website welcomes over 1.5 million readers each month and has inspired millions around the world to consider the practical benefits of owning fewer possessions. He is also the Creator of Simplify Magazine and Founder of The Hope Effect, a nonprofit organization changing how the world cares for orphans. He’s a contributing writer to Forbes and has appeared in dozens of media outlets including the Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, CBS Evening News, Christian Science Monitor and “The Drew Barrymore Show.” Joshua and his family live near Phoenix, Arizona. For more information, visit BecomingMinimalist.com  (2.75M sm followers)

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