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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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Greg McKeown

6 Hours 13 Minutes

Random House (Audio)

April 2014

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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • More than one million copies sold! Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.
“A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked.”—Adam Grant
Have you ever:
• found yourself stretched too thin?
• simultaneously felt overworked and underutilized?
• felt busy but not productive?
• felt 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. 
Essentialism is more than 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 toward the things that really matter.
By forcing us to apply 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. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

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  • Jon S.

    Great book. Very insightful. It has change how I approach new things as well as what I have been doing

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  • Courage M

    I began to implement the principles immediately! It has had such a positive impact on my life and my businesses.

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  • Xin Zhao

    I have to admit that I am very disappointed. It is ironic that a book so relentlessly advocates essentialism is so non-essential: repeat the same materials emphasizing the importance of essentialism in different ways over and over again. The importance is justified without the need of any emphasis, otherwise I would not read this book. My problem, which I believe might also be the problem for a lot of others, is how to differentiate the essential from the non-essential. To this point, it looks like the author has failed to provide any meaningful suggestion, let alone insightful framework or process or logic flow. If I recall correctly, the only suggestion I see is to increase the threshold of your decision. If the candidate is not 90%, then don't make decision. What a waste of time.

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  • Umang Gopani

    would love to read this book again. although we all know many of these things, putting them down with examples helped me a lot. I would recommend it to anyone. narrating is also good for a non-fiction book like this. This is one of the books to read once a year to keep a check on yourself and be an essentialist.

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  • Amy Yarrington

    Love this - listening to it a second time now in order to soak it all in.

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  • Melanie S.

    Words of wisdom that carry over to every situation in life.

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  • Anonymous

    Interesting concept, and it started off quite good, but unfortunately I felt it became a bit pretentious and self-congratulatory by the end.

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  • Danielle M

    Thank you, this is exactly what I needed. Definitely a life changing book.

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  • vincent legault

    I really appreciate this book, I would recommend to anyone who like me prefer to do fewer thing but do it right.

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  • Nicholas Thomas

    Clearly defines a path to getting more out of life through focusing on less. The cure for Attention Deficit in our modern society.

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