Greg McKeown is the author of the New York Times bestseller, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and his writing has appeared or been covered by Fast Company, Fortune, HuffPost, and Harvard Business Review. He graduated with an MBA from Stanford University. Originally from London, England, Greg now lives in Silicon Valley with his wife and their four children.
In this episode, we discuss:
- Greg’s desire to teach and write
- Permission to consider a different path
- What is essentialism?
- The undisciplined pursuit of more
- The paradox of success
- The work of life
- Living life reactively
- The disciplined pursuit of less
- How to filter through the noise
- You have a choice… you don’t have to do what other people are doing
- JOMO – the joy of missing out
- Following the path less travelled
- Creating a space to explore
- 3 phases of essentialism
- If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will
- The birth of Greg’s daughter and how essentialism was born
- Saying no gracefully
- The cost of saying yes
- The difference between counterfeit play and real play
- Your mind is being renewed with play
- Explore what is essential
- Greg’s life-changing morning ritual
- Reading is thinking with another person’s mind
- The practice of journaling
- Why some people underestimate time
- Creating healthy boundaries
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