Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Do you find yourself stretched too thin? Are you trying to get everything done?

I’m being challenged to take on only the most important. While this logically makes sense, it is hard to implement. Enter Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. I couldn’t read this book fast enough and am already starting to read it a second time.

Fundamentally, we have too many choices. So we have to manage ourselves, filter what’s most important, and overcome increased social pressure to keep saying yes and doing more. This means we have to cut out even really good options as well as the easier ones.

Why? Because of the Paradox of Choice:

  • Clarity of purpose leads us to success
  • This success leads to increased opportunities
  • Increased opportunities lead to diffused effort spreading us thin
  • Being spread thin distracts us from our highest level of contribution
  • The essentialist actually has even more opportunities, but they are disciplined in deciding which they say ‘Yes’ and commit to. They’ll even have to say ‘No’ or Quit things that they love in order to make space for the new.

    If you want to do less but better so you achieve the highest return on every precious moment of your life, read Greg McKeown’s book. I’ll be writing about different chapters in the coming weeks. For me, his discipline for saying ‘Yes’ or ‘No’ is revolutionary.

    How would you feel if you only did what was essential and purged the rest from your life?

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