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Essentialism Audiobook

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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Publisher's Summary

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

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    Steve Shannon HAMILTON, New Zealand 18/12/2015
    Steve Shannon HAMILTON, New Zealand 18/12/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "Essential for me? YES!"

    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

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Marshall Hughes Melbourne 07/06/2016
    Marshall Hughes Melbourne 07/06/2016
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    "Listen to this"

    I stayed with this book until the end.

    Greg keeps delivering good quality, usable advice about changing one's lifestyle.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Christo 23/12/2015 Member Since 2016
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    "I TOLD you!"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    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


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Essentialism?

    the concept is the best


    How could the performance have been better?

    different narrator


    Did Essentialism inspire you to do anything?

    yes


    Any additional comments?

    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.'

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Simone 20/11/2016
    Simone 20/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Profound shifts"

    Now I know where I've been going wrong. Listening to this book made profound shifts in the way I operate. This is already yielding immense benefits. Thank you.

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    Christopher Hume-Phillips 07/11/2016
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    "A discipline worth mastering."

    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.

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    Ains 09/10/2016
    Ains 09/10/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Excellent!"

    Will definitely listen to this again there's so much gold in it. Thank you Greg - it's cleared up so much for me.

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    Creatingorder 04/10/2016
    Creatingorder 04/10/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Game changer"

    This book is a game changer. I highly recommend it to anyone wanting more in their life. More joy, more control, more of the good stuff.

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    Aaron 20/07/2016
    Aaron 20/07/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Great content"

    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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Manoj 21/06/2016
    Manoj 21/06/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read a must for every professional"

    Wow, what a book. This is the second time around listening to this. This is a must read for everyone.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Christine_of_Hexotica Melbourne, Australia 06/05/2016
    Christine_of_Hexotica Melbourne, Australia 06/05/2016

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    "A concept that could change your life"
    What did you like most about Essentialism?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Essentialism?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Greg McKeown’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    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.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    "Wastelands of the Non-Essentialists" lol.


    Any additional comments?

    This book has changed my life. Best book of 2016 so far!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Rodney Davis
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    "Game-changer!"

    This is one of the few books I think I need to read several times...a really important contribution for perhaps the most insidious ememieswe face in a post-modern era.

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  • Jeffrey
    27/11/16
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    "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.

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  • Amazon Customer
    19/08/16
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    "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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • David Leytón Zúñiga
    18/06/16
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    "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

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Caesar
    25/12/15
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    "New Perspective"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Essentialism to be better than the print version?

    The author spoke well and brought to live the many examples he had in the book through narration.


    What was the most compelling aspect of this narrative?

    His sincerity about the subject that is brought through his tone of delivery.


    What does Greg McKeown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Realism of the story.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No. This book is meant to place you at peace.


    Any additional comments?

    An enlightening read.

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  • Wayne Hutton
    3/01/16
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    "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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Aren
    20/10/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Jordan Georgiev
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    17/10/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Halimah
    13/10/16
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    "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!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Syphon
    South West England
    5/10/16
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    "Inspiring stuff"

    Highly recommended to anyone in all walks of life. Going to pick up a physical copy too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • A Najak
    Bolton
    2/10/16
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    "must read"

    absolutely essential book to read has changed the way I think and look at life

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Henna
    26/09/16
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    "Doing less but better"

    This is truly a must-listen for those who want to gain control of their lives.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Sunlight and Shadows
    Devon - UK
    21/09/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • bhartendu
    18/09/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • They Esli
    28/05/16
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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