Essentialism by Greg McKeown – Book Review

Book Description:

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 assumption of ‘We can have it all’ and ‘I have to do everything’ and replacing it 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.

Book Review:

I liked reading this and even though there was a lot of business/ceo stories some were quite inspiring. I did feel towards the end more ideas that I could relate to and think the book did drag the main message out.

I like at the end there is a 21 day challenge to put it all into practise.

There are some tiny nuggets to try but other than that it was a quick read and a good introduction to how to minimise your life to the things that matter. More helpful if you run a business or have a lot on in your life.

Learning to how to say No and to create buffer chapters were good. The chapters are short and simple with some practical tips at the end of each section. Also at the end it gives you a comparison of what a non essentialist and an essentialist think about and how they are different in their thinking.

The big message- in this busy world what are we truly focusing on? What’s the most important thing you can do today/now? With society becoming busy for busy sake or to try how about we don’t? Remove activity’s that you won’t miss and identify obstacles that slow your purpose down.

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