Essentialism Greg McKeown

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less with Greg McKeown

Do you ever feel the urge to declutter your life? Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you sometimes feel overworked and underutilized? Are you frequently busy without getting any closer to your goals?

Most of us in this day and age feel perpetually busy and overwhelmed with little energy and time to spend on the things in life that matter the most to us.

Today we have a very special guest, Greg McKeown, the NY Times bestselling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. He shares astonishing insights on how family life has changed throughout the centuries, how our behavioral systems impact future generations, and how to design our lives to focus on essentials so we can stay connected with our long-term visions. You’ll want to save this epic episode!

'You’re not going to get everything done. You can get the right things done and feel like you did what really matters.' – @GregoryMcKeown #essentialism #busyness #overwhelm #dreams #goals #family #parenting Click To Tweet

'LIFE – there is less of it left than we think.' – @GregoryMcKeown #dads #men #fathers #time #life #death #inspiration #motivation #discipline Click To Tweet

Greg McKeown

Greg McKeown is married with four children, but to him the word ‘family’ includes parents, in-laws, siblings, cousins, nieces, nephews, and in-laws. Greg says only recently has the meaning of family shifted from the extended intergenerational family to today’s idea of the nuclear family. Growing up as one of six children, it’s important for Greg to think of himself as part of this larger familial structure.

Greg’s driving force to write Essentialism was when he realized how pathetically short life is. The older we get, the more quickly it seems to fly by. We are constantly busy and distracted. He cites the stoic philosopher Seneca, who wrote about the dangers of busyness 2,000 years ago. Our culture values an existence where we feel like we have to do everything. Our lives are crammed, pushing out the few vital things that will mean the most to us at the end of our lives.

What You’ll Learn

  • The Planning Fallacy – no matter how well you plan, things will take much longer than you thought
  • How to figure out which projects to take on
  • How to push past the guilt factor of not “doing it all”
  • Practicing the 100 Years Value Exercise: How to envision the impact your life will have in this world by imagining 100 years into the past and future
  • How your role as a dad can impact future generations, even if they won’t remember you
  • How to build systems for your role as a dad with cascading priorities
  • How to hold sacred time to design each week according to your essentials
  • Why you should write on paper instead of a digital device
  • 3 Things to Write Down Each Day
    • One insight
    • One memory
    • One decision
  • How the Industrial Revolution shifted our focus from family to industry
  • How we follow obsolete living strategies that we didn’t choose
  • How to choose which parts of our cultural strategies work for us
  • How to analyze the ‘because’ part of a situation to drill down to what really matters
  • how every time we say ‘yes’ to something that won’t impact our future, we are robbing our time for what is essential
  • Why or why not Greg McKeown may write another book
'It’s not about us. We will soon be forgotten, but that doesn’t change our responsibility. In fact, it extends it.' – @GregoryMcKeown #dads #men #fathers #fatherhood #manhood #legacy #impact Click To Tweet

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