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Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

By Greg McKeown
Narrated by Greg McKeown / 6 hours 13 minutes

Instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal Bestseller

Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin?

Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?

Are you often busy but not productive?

Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?

If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist.

The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy—instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us.

Essentialism is not one more thing—it’s a whole new way of doing everything. A must read for any leader, manager, or individual who wants to learn who to do less, but better, in every area of their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

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“Greg McKeown's excellent new book is a much-needed antidote to the stress, burnout and compulsion to 'do everything,' that infects us all. It is an essential read for anyone who wants to regain control of their health, wellbeing, and happiness. ”

Arianna Huffington, co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post

“Do you feel it, too? That relentless pressure to sample all the good things in life? To do all the 'right' things? The reality is, you don't make progress that way. Instead, you're in danger of spreading your efforts so thin that you make no impact at all. Greg McKeown believes the answer lies in paring life down to its essentials. He can't tell you what's essential to every life, but he can help you find the meaning in yours.”

Daniel H. Pink, author of To Sell if Human and Drive

Reviews

“Essentialism holds the keys to solving one of the great puzzles of life: how can we do less but accomplish more? A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked—in other words, everyone. It has already changed the way that I think about my own priorities, and if more leaders embraced this philosophy, our jobs and our lives would be less stressful and more productive. So drop what you're doing and read it.”

Adam Grant, Wharton professor

“Entrepreneurs succeed when they say 'yes' to the right project, at the right time, in the right way. To accomplish this, they have to be good at saying 'no' to all their other ideas. Essentialism offers concise and eloquent advice on how to determine what you care about most, and how to apply your energies in ways that ultimately bring you the greatest rewards.”

Reid Hoffman, co-founder and chairman of LinkedIn

“As a self-proclaimed 'maximalist' who always wants to do it all, this book challenged me and improved my life. If you want to work better, not just less, you should read it too.”

Chris Guillebeau, New York Times bestselling author of The $100 Startup

About the Author

Greg McKeown was recently named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum. He is the CEO of THIS Inc, a leadership and strategy design agency headquartered in Silicon Valley. He has taught at companies that include Apple, Facebook, Google, LinkedIn, Salesforce.com, Twitter and VMware. Originally from London, he now lives in Menlo Park, California with his wife, Anna, and their four children. Greg holds an MBA from Stanford University.

 
Author
Narrator Greg McKeown
ISBN 9780804165303
Length 6 hours 13 minutes
Language English
Publisher Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group
Publication Date
Abridged No
 
A non-Essentialist thinks almost everything is essential. An Essentialist thinks almost everything is non-essential. Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will. You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.

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