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Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Narrated by: Greg McKeown
Length: 6 hrs and 14 mins
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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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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.

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Essential reading for me right now

I have had this book for a while and finally decided to read it over Easter - it was the right book at the right time. I listened to it over a couple of very long bus rides with no interruptions, no distractions and my head in the right space. I found the many essentialist vs non-essentialist examples extremely useful - mainly to bring the learnings of the anecdotes from, mainly, famous and successful people to the everyday decisions we have to make. This is a book I've annotated and would come back to listen to again at various intervals to see how I'm doing. Also enjoyed the reader's voice - easy listen.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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  • 12-03-16

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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Good but NOT Extraordinary

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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.

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The message is great with impactful metaphor

Nice and easy read that provides some guiding questions to reflect upon. Think the message could be said in fewer words, but overall satisfied with this read.
Would definitely recommend if you feel a bit stuck in work and life.

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Repetitive

Contains some good sound advice although ironically, I think this could have been put in maybe half the chapters.

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Great book

A fantastic book, clear, and highly inspirational. Only complaint is that the Greek words were wrongly pronounced.

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  • Ian C.
  • 29-08-18

MY FAVORITE BOOK

Life changing! I would consider this book a must read for every single human. Especially considering we live in a society filled with distractions.

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  • jensgud
  • 24-02-19

This is it!!!

If I had to choose one self help book, this is the one. A lifetime of practice starts today.

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  • Toks Aruoture
  • 21-09-19

Utterly Brilliant.

Loved it. I find now that even on conversations, I silently will the speaker to cut out the excessive words being used to embellish their point.

Reading Essentialisom has made me concoous of just how much time, energy and words are spent in non-essentials.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-09-19

Nice one!

I’ve learn a lot from this book. Give it a try It won’t waste your time or credit I can promise you that!

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  • Kevin Albert
  • 05-09-19

IMPRESCINDIBLE

Un libro que toda persona debería leer para avanzar más rápido, avanzar mejor y vivir una vida más plena, sencilla y llena de significado.
Kevin Albert

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  • Gayan Hewa
  • 28-08-19

Simply te best book you can get your hands on

Greg covers a broad set of topics that we can easily relate to. And guides us trough examples and case studies where essentialism thrives. He also highights the fact that being an essentialist is a journey rather than a destination.

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  • Fight Cellulite
  • 08-02-19

I really enjoyed listening to this book

I loved the narrator, and the book is very valuable. Although I am already following some of the principles this book covers, I got some new insights on what can and should be improved.

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  • Arun Tripathi
  • 02-02-19

a great read for clutter free life inspiring one

a great read for clutter free life I was thought minimalism was about materialistic things but now I have learnt to apply where I find an opportunity

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-10-18

Life changing stuff

Life changing stuff. I've been lacking a sense of clarity in life, however this book has helped me take steps in the right direction.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 16-08-18

Simple is not Cheap. A must read:

Through this book, I came to see how I pursue the least meaningful things in life. I am in the process of purging and redefining what is really essential in my existence. It is a reference book I go to each time I realize I need downsizing in every way possible. Most times meaningfulness and significance are archived when we drop out all the unnecessary clutter we surround ourselves with- be it physically or mentally.