Have you ever found yourself struggling with information overload?
Have you ever felt both overworked and underutilised?
Do you ever feel busy but not productive?
If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is to become an Essentialist.
In Essentialism, Greg McKeown, CEO of a Leadership and Strategy agency in Silicon Valley who has run courses at Apple, Google and Facebook, shows you how to achieve what he calls the disciplined pursuit of less. Being an Essentialist is about a disciplined way of thinking. It means challenging the core assumption of ‘We can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it with the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time'.
By applying a more selective criteria for what is essential, the pursuit of less allows us to regain control of our own choices so we can channel our time, energy and effort into making the highest possible contribution toward the goals and activities that matter.
Using the experience and insight of working with the leaders of the most innovative companies and organisations in the world, McKeown shows you how to put Essentialism into practice in your own life, so you too can achieve something great.
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Too Much Going On In Life
When you are lost in life about what really matters to you most, or what your purpose truly is - take some time to read this book and get a true understanding that ‘less but better’ really is the way of life.
The past two years I have been decluttering my life from clothes in my wardrobe to people in my life and the focus this brings on what is important plus what you want to achieve in life is 10X!
It’s starts with the little things and amasses to your life’s biggest decisions.
Good ideas bookended with silly hard sell
I almost didn’t get past the first chapter or two. There was a lot of motivational-speaker style embellishment and many of the “proof points” claimed (e.g. Southwest, tylenol etc.) are anything but proof of “essentialism”; those examples were never outcomes of any control group studies or of behaviours that have been properly tested in trials; they’re anecdotal stories that can — and have been — claimed by all sorts of non-scientists as “proof” of methods. McKeown’s last couple of chapters return to this same space, aligning this overly-branded word “essentialism” with Ghandi and others. Sure enough, at the end of the book there’s a big spruik for McKeown’s speaking spots. Fortunately, through the middle of the book there is some interesting and thought-provoking material. In summary, there’s some good reading, but it’s seriously over-branded and over-sold, in my opinion.