Essentialism: the Disciplined Pursuit of Less with Greg McKeown

Posted by Jason Ferruggia

Square_G_MckeownFor most of your life you’ve been told that you can have it all.

You can do everything and be everything.

But that’s bullshit. And trying to do and have it all will get you nowhere. It might even ruin your life.

To have more happiness and success you need to do less. You need to say “no” more often. You need to be okay with “missing out.”

It’s all about identifying the vital few and separating them from the trivial many.

That’s the way of the “essentialist.”

If you’ve followed me for any length of time you have heard me recommend the book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Today, I finally have the author, Greg McKeown on the podcast.

Topics discussed include:

  • How the concept of Essentialism evolved for Greg [4:30].
  • Why it’s not just about less, but better [7:59].
  • Vital questions you need to ask yourself [11:03].
  • The myth of “priorities” [12:30].
  • Why it’s so hard to get rid of physical possessions [16:16].
  • Why we feel the need to be busy all the time [19:10].
  • How to say no gracefully [22:59].
  • Progress and it’s importance in maintaining motivation [32:29].
  • The key ingredient in health, wealth and fulfilled life [36:29].

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