Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less by Greg MckeownEssentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less by Greg Mckeown

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less

byGreg Mckeown

Hardcover | April 15, 2014

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Have you ever felt the urge to declutter your work life?

Do you often find yourself stretched too thin?
Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized?
Are you frequently 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 do less, but better, and declutter and organize their own their lives, Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.
Greg McKeown writes, teaches, and speaks around the world on the importance of living and leading as an Essentialist. He has spoken at companies including Apple, Google, Facebook, LinkedIn,, Symantec, and Twitter and is among the most popular bloggers for the Harvard Business Review and LinkedIn Influencer’s group. He co...
Title:Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit Of LessFormat:HardcoverDimensions:272 pages, 8.6 × 5.8 × 1 inPublished:April 15, 2014Publisher:The Crown Publishing GroupLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0804137382

ISBN - 13:9780804137386


Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a book about minimalism I was very excited to read this book, as it was recommended by a few bloggers whose opinions I value, and it also came up in various "others like you also liked" product recommendations. However, this book is not about minimalism. It is about doing less, and it is about focusing on what matters, but it reads much more like a self-help book than I was expecting. Also, I think that the ideas in this book could have been better and more-concisely expressed in an article format. Parts of it felt very repetitive. That being said, it did make me think about what truly matters, so that is why I'm giving it 2 stars overall.
Date published: 2017-03-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Perspective This book will help you to put things in perspective and help you to streamline your busy schedule.
Date published: 2016-12-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from not bad The concept in interesting and in a language that works for the rational part of the brain. It spirituality explain in a more intellectual and practical way... but same messages. I could read between the lines and get the message that he is trying to convey. I know some patient of mine will resonate with this language so that they can get the message, but overall not for me.
Date published: 2016-12-22
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not a good representation for the general population This book had the exact opposite reaction I was expecting from myself. I went into this book hopeful and excited to read it as it was recommended to me and it appeared to promote a lot of the qualities that are very significant to me (e.g. prioritizing, living with less, minimalism, simplifying, etc). Well, surprisingly, I actually disliked this book the further I read into it (aside from the chapter explaining the importance of routines which I did agree with). The book actually brought out a lot of negative emotions that were strongly felt. First, I have to say this book brought out a lot of feelings of stress. This surprised me the most because prior to reading it, I felt pretty calm. But instead of the message of 'focusing on what is essential', this book made me feel that I should be doing MORE and working even HARDER to become more SUCCESSFUL (all of this is the exact opposite of the intended message). Also, plain in simple: the book read like a religion. A religion called "Essentialism". I don't know if that was what was intended but it read as if in order to live life properly, a person must become an "essentialist" and live life how it's outlined within this book with rules to be followed or consequences will occur. It doesn't feel right to me for this to read like a religion. One last point (even though I feel like I could go on) is personally it read like the author was a little bit naive, not only in age but also to living life in different conditions. Harsh words I know. I don't know this author personally but I do know that he is listed as thirty-nine online. In the scheme of things, that isn't really all that old. It just seemed odd to me that sometimes it read like he was portraying himself as an 'expert' and that he had a lot of life experience to have gone through these things. Even something as simple as saying "when my kids were much younger" had me cringing because they surely can't be all that old, right? Additionally tied to that last point: the author read as if he was well-educated, of higher status, and of higher income. That isn't necessarily a good representation of the general population. Some of these readers may not be able to "say no" as easily as the CEO's of some businesses. They may lose their jobs if they do. I think this book was well intended and some of the messages I generally agree with. However, to me, the messages weren't written in a relatable or appropriate way for a generalized audience.
Date published: 2016-12-17

Editorial Reviews

"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 IS HUMAN and DRIVE “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/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestseller “The Start-up of You”"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, well-being, and happiness."  -–Arianna Huffington, Co-founder, president, and editor in chief, Huffington Post Media Group”“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 and bestselling author of Give and Take “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, NYT bestselling author of The $100 Startup"Great design takes us beyond the complex, the unnecessary and confusing, to the simple, clear and meaningful. This is as true for the design of a life as it is for the design of a product. With Essentialism, Greg McKeown gives us the invaluable guidebook for just such a project." -Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO   "In Essentialism, Greg McKeown makes a compelling case for achieving more by doing less. He reminds us that clarity of focus and the ability to say ‘no’ are both critical and undervalued in business today."-Jeff Weiner, ‎CEO, LinkedIn"While everyone else is still leafing through Lean In or Outliers, get a competitive jump on the new year with....Essentialism... learn how to identify the right things, focus on getting them done, and forget the rest. In other words, 'do less, but better.'” -Forbes“Essentialism is a powerful antidote to the current craziness that plagues our organizations and our lives.  Read Greg McKeown’s words slowly, stop and think about how to apply them to your life – you will do less, do it better, and begin to feel the insanity start to slip away.”  - Robert I. Sutton, Professor at Stanford University and author of Good Boss, Bad Boss and Scaling Up Excellence. In a world of increasing chaos and complexity, the ideas and tools of Essentialism turn chaos into commitment and complexity into accomplishment.  This timely, well written book is a must read and do for any employee, manager, leader, or parent whoever  feels overwhelmed. It is truly the right book at the right time.- Dave Ulrich, Professor, University of Michigan School of Business and Partner, the RBL Group"Essentialism is a rare gem that will change lives.  Greg offers deep insights, rich context and actionable steps to living life at its fullest.  I've started on the path to an Essentialist way of life, and the impact on my productivity and well-being is profound."  -Bill Rielly, Senior Vice President, Intel Security"In this likeable and astute treatise on the art of doing less in order to do better...McKeown makes the content fresh and the solutions easy to implement. Following his lucid and smart directions will help readers fine "the way of the essentialist" -Success Magazine"Essentialism will give you richer, sweeter results and put you in real control, giving greater precision to the pursuit of what truly matters.”