Essentialism: Less, But Better with Greg McKeown Part 2 Episode #149

Aaron McHugh

 
 

Part 2 of my interview with Greg McKeown, author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. In this episode, he continues with practical advice on getting clear on the bigger picture and enabling for more regular course corrections. Even Greg struggles to be an Essentialist all of the time. Where and how do you start with Essentialism? How do you begin taking back control over the minutes and moments that you can influence? How to focus on the things you can control.

Greg McKeown interview Part 1 is here.
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Greg McKeown, author and speaker, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

“There are loads of things we don’t control. But focusing on those things, we eventually lose our power.”

“But you develop this journey; and you can eventually influence areas of your life where it originally appeared that you had no control at all.”

Direct download of Part 2 with Greg McKeown here.

Every 90 Days

Greg doesn’t write about it in the book, but he believes that the way we begin managing yourself is getting clear on the bigger picture. He recommends scheduling personal quarterly off-site retreats. Every ninety-days, scheduling a time to reflect and course-correct.

“I think I’m a Non-Essentialist 90% of the time.”

The difference is we can more quickly adjust our focus and priorities.

Building new muscle and starting small

Greg doesn’t recommend that you begin with attempting to influence, e.g., two levels above you, your boss’s boss. Instead, start with yourself.

He recommends starting by taking control of the first minute of your day.

  • Your first thoughts
  • Your morning routine
  • A mantra
  • Gain control over your first minute, then your first five.
  • Move on to other areas of your life where you can take back control.

Embrace the journey

Unfortunately, Greg does not sell an Essentialism quick fix pill (I wish he did). Instead, Less, But Better becomes a philosophy, a mantra, selection criteria for living a more rewarding life. It isn’t about perfection, but instead, it is about taking the next step. Try something new. Attempt small changes that build upon themselves to even more significant advancements.

Direct download of Part 2 with Greg McKeown here.

Essentialism: Less But Better with Greg McKeown Podcast interview notes
Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less New York Times Bestseller