Book Review: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Best use of time while waiting to fulfill jury duty is to read a great book. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is a great book to read, even more a great book to apply.

In the last year, I have noticed a theme in what I have been reading, the key to happiness is not more, but less. What grabbed me in Essentialism is his diagram on energy.

Instead of going in multiple directions in the land of many options, there is greater energy (and joy) in focusing on the essentials. As Greg put it, “Being selective brought space … space created freedom.”

How essential then to follow an Essentialism path? Wandering won’t work. The quote that grabbed me was, “If you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.”

Greg lays out the Way of the Essentialist in 4 parts of the book:

Essence: What is the core mind-set of an essentialist? Think systematic discipline to move to less to accomplish more.

Explore: How can we discern the trivial many form the vital few? Rest and play have a vital role to accomplish this.

Eliminate: How can we cut out the trivial many? Focus one essential intent, on not only the big idea, but in some ways the big arrival. Do you know where you are headed and when you get to where you want to be? We do a better job of this in vacation planning than life planning.

Execute: How can we make doing the vital few things almost effortless? One of the key ideas in the book for me was the concept of focus on the WIN — What’s Important Now.

I give Essentialism by Greg McKeown 5 out of 5 stars. He not only lifted up the power of focus, he laid out principles, tools, questions and practical ideas to get me there. If you feel like you are being pulled in a thousand directions, this book will help you to focus your energy on that one essential intent to move you forward.

My thanks to Blogging for Books for a free copy to review. I wasn’t required to give a positive review just an honest one. Thank you for a great read!

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