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
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.
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.
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.
Well researched, with interesting stories used to illustrate the point. Very easy to digest, spoken clearly at a good pace.
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.
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.
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.
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!
"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.
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