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
I'm like an adult with ADD. My mind is easily distracted by things. My attempts at using organizational systems (like GTD) tended to do no more than generate massive to-do lists that I found difficult to prioritize. In my mind, EVERYTHING was important.
Mark has helped me to get in the habit of asking the right questions so that far fewer items end up on my list now. They're often tough questions to answer at times, however the sense of freedom that comes from being more on purpose, more in control, and more willing to say 'No!' is very liberating.
This approach helps me to 'audit' my headspace - keeping an eye on where my energy is being directed.
Like most 'self help' books, there's plenty of examples, but it's up to the reader to stop and consider how the issue is relevant to them. An example with a 'corporate' context can still have just as much relevance in one's personal life - e.g. 'Sunk Cost Bias'.
I highly recommend taking notes and making a true 'study' of this and how the ideas apply to your own life. A pity there isn't some form of 'workbook'.
I've read it twice now, and heard it once in full. I find the concepts so fundamentally important, there's either a printed, digital or audio copy always close at hand to continually reinforce the messages.
Definitely 'essential' reading/listening.
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.'
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who finds themselves too busy and trying to take on too many things at once. This book really helps you think about what is important in your life.
I understood Essentialism right from the get go!
I love how he explains essentialism in a way anyone can understand and Implement Essentialism into their own lives.
The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
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.
great book. easy to follow with a clear message. thoroughly enjoyed working through this. I highly recommend this book.
"Well researched to bring you the best perspectives of history's inspirational figures"
Thank you Greg McKeown for your work that is edited to perfection. It's made your message concise and clear; so your views and borrowed views are easily consumed. I've learnt a lot and look forward to reading it again to dissect more learnings to apply to my life. A tip for readers of this review, you may also enjoy Everything That Remains, by The Minimalists.
Very impressed, one the top 3 audio books I've listened too over 10 years, Thanks
This is one of the few books I think I need to read several times...a really inspired approach against overwhelm...perhaps the most insidious enemy we face in a post-modern era.
"What a life changer"
Definitely a book I need to and want to listen to again.
Thanks Greg for the inspiration and the time you spend on researching for this book.
Greg narrates this book and it is a very pleasant and easy listening experience.
"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.
"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!
Highly recommended to anyone in all walks of life. Going to pick up a physical copy too.
absolutely essential book to read has changed the way I think and look at life
"One of the smartest books Ever!"
I always like a book that is read by the author - it gives an even greater insight to the knowledge they are sharing.
There are so many highlights within this book that I could share - however I couldn't do it justice. If you want a guide to working smart where you are given deep insights to the psychology why in a way that isnt preaching - but is real - then this is the book for you.
Im about to listen to it again as there were so many 'nuggets' within the pages.
"Life changing learnings"
I just loved it. moment when he explains tht we are busy making everyone out there happy is messing our own life's . Family is uttermost priority😊. excellent narration.
"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.
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