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 assumptions of "we can have it all" and "I have to do everything" and replacing them 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.
©2015 Greg McKeown (P)2015 Random House AudioBooks
To begin with I thought to myself "oh great, I'm going to listen to this book for hours when essentially all that needed to be said was "first things first" or "focus on what's important" but this book gives so much more.
I work two jobs, have a wonderful wife and 3 beauiful children (the oldest being 3). Life is stressful at the best of times and Ive always felt that I had to be working my ass off every minute of the day to stay on top of everything. I often felt like if I slept i was somehow losing ground and the idea of "getting ahead" sounded almost impossible.
Insightful and enlightening, this book gave me a strong and clear message that I really needed to hear. It will take a while to apply all the lessons in this book to my life but this is one book I will revisit often.
Thank you Greg McKeown
yes .. whilst driving but I got lost as it was a little hard for mr me to concentrate on - I would suggest he varies his speed and content to keep us with him
the concept is the best
Yes I love the concept but I felt like I was being TOLD to do something. the delivery was a little full on , or could it be the accent of the speaker/writer. He has great points and advice to make but it get a little complex or something , cant quite put my finger on it.'
Really good book with easy to apply tips and tricks.
I did find that he transitioned from topic a bit quickly and at times it was hard to keep up. The audio book would benefit from a brief pdf to follow along with in order to keep track
Bookworm, gothic and burlesque headdress designer, traveler, thrift-shop addict and information junkie. INFP.
This book centers around one central concept of "doing less but better", which for most of us can be profoundly life-changing. I recognized myself and many people I know in the actions of the "non-essentiallists" and have already begun to make small changes that are making a big impact. It is beautifully read by the author in a lovely English accent. I listened to it twice.
The author lists, again and again, many varying facets where the behaviors of an essentialist differs from a non-essentialist. I found these fascinating and insightful.
I watch a few of his Youtube videos and heard about him from a podcast. The audio book is by far the best source to understand his concept in its entirety.
"Wastelands of the Non-Essentialists" lol.
This book has changed my life. Best book of 2016 so far!
If this book is right for you you'll consider how you'll be applying the relentless pursuit for less to every aspect of your life without thinking that you're compromising. Indeed it'll become a relentless challenge for the most successful and ambitious out there. Highly recommended.
"Medicine for my own mind."
An inspirational read that was a pleasure to listen to. The book covered a basic concept that was well explained and illustrated with some useful examples from the author's own life and those of others. A book I personally needed to read and am happy to recommend to those who may also not have shown clarity in there life's actions.
"Good could have been shorter."
Nothing revolutionary, but great message overall. Feel the last part of the book was too much of a filler, taking away the essential message of the first part. Good introductory content nonetheless
The author spoke well and brought to live the many examples he had in the book through narration.
His sincerity about the subject that is brought through his tone of delivery.
Realism of the story.
No. This book is meant to place you at peace.
An enlightening read.
"I don't usually write reviews."
This book probably made me feel more guilt than anything. After so many years in business, working for myself, I have realised where I have gone wrong. Trying to please too many people and reducing the quality of myself to the ones I care most about. The pursute of 'less but better' at home and work will be my goal. Wasting time and effort on meaningless things and time-wasting people or meetings will now stop and quality time with my family, by reducing the nonsense we convince ourselves we need in our working environment will now become my main driver. Thank you Greg.
"Good book, just good!"
Easy to grasp, makes me want to start practicing the lessons learned immediately.
Nothing new is really taught but what is taught is taught so clearly. Basically identify the main thing and do it.
"It doesn't disappoint, 5 stars all round!"
Having heard so much about this book I was overjoyed to find that it doesn't disappoint. Stories, experiences and easy takeaway make this book easily one of my top 3 and it's only just May!! It goes deep and wide all at the same time leaving me both thoughtful and motivated to fully live the life of an essentialist.
"Great reminder of the importance of focus"
Well researched, with interesting stories used to illustrate the point. Very easy to digest, spoken clearly at a good pace.
"Good but NOT Extraordinary"
It has been a fairly good listen. There were no extraordinary revelations but still the book was engaging with sporadic new insights about how to do few yet more productive and effective things. The book describes in a very consistent way as how to eliminate noise from our routine life.The book has very useful insights for someone who has not, for example, read Eat that frog or 7 habits types of books. But if your have read any of these two books you can skip this one easily.
"Awesome book if you can action it"
It's important that this isn't a book you read nod your head in agreement too and then simply continue with life ignoring it's wonderful tips.
A great book and something I'll certainly read again.
"Not a bad book"
The book does have an interesting narrative. The overall idea is simple, achievable and useful.
On the other hand - this book is a hammer and most of the best literature on the subject is all nails. I've heard most of the common ideas with an "essentialist" attached to them.
Also there is a lot of introduction and a lot of "an essentialist does X". The really useful material is pretty humble.
Overall, this book is good for self-development "beginners" since they'll be learning the most. It would be amazing for them to read the original works mentioned, but this is a good starting point.
"First audio book I've finished since joining :)"
Love this book, simple to follow. Case studies were very helpful. Worth the daily habit! I will no doubt listen again and again. First book I have finished and felt was worth the money!
"Valuable and practical"
I enjoyed reading this, as it was a good find off the beaten track. I personally am motivated to now become a true essentialist!
Highly recommended to anyone in all walks of life. Going to pick up a physical copy too.
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