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           Essentialism by Greg Mckeown


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Book Author : Greg Mckeown

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About the Author : Grek Mckeown is an author, public speaker and business strategist and New York Times best selling author.

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Essentialism Summary

The Essentialist

The wisdom of life consist in the elimination Non-Essential.

Only Once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone else, you make contribution towards the thing that really matters.

If you don't prioritize your life, someone else will.

People are effective because they say no 'because' they say it is isn't for me.

The way of Essentialist :

The way of the Essentialist is the relentless pursuit of less but better. It doesn't mean occasionally giving a nod to the principle. It means pursuing it in a disciplined way. 

The  way of the essentialist involves learning to filter through all those options and selecting only those that are truly matter.

Chapter : Essentialist vs Nonessentialist

The way of the Nonessentialist is to go big on everything: to try to do it all, have it all, fit it all in. The Nonessentialist operates under the false logic that the more he strives, the more he will achieve, but the reality is, the more we reach for the stars, the harder it is to get ourselves off the ground.

 The way of the Essentialist is different. Instead of trying to accomplish it all—and all at once—and flaring out, the Essentialist starts small and celebrates progress. Instead of going for the big, flashy wins that don’t really matter, the Essentialist pursues small and simple wins in areas that are essential. 

While Nonessentialists tend to force execution, Essentialists invest the time they have saved by eliminating the nonessentials into designing a system to make execution almost effortless. 

Chapter : Choose 

The Essentialist doesn’t just recognize the power of choice, he celebrates it. The Essentialist knows that when we surrender our right to choose, we give others not just the power but also the explicit permission to choose for us.

Everything changes when we give ourselves permission to be more selective in what we choose to do.

It is the ability to choose which make us Human.

The ability to choose cannot be taken away or even given away-it can only be forgotten.

If you could do only one thing with your life right now, what would you do ?

Chapter : Play

Play expands our minds in ways that allow us to explore: to germinate new ideas or see old ideas in a new light. It makes us more inquisitive, more attuned to novelty, more engaged.

Play helps us to see possibilities we otherwise wouldn’t have seen and make connections we would otherwise not have made. It opens our minds and broadens our perspective.

Play doesn’t just help us to explore what is essential. It is essential in and of itself.

Play stimulates the parts of the brain involved in both careful, logical reasoning and carefree, unbound exploration. 

Embrace the wisdom of Your Inner child.
Nothing fires up the brain like play.
We value passion, Innovation, Execution and Leadership.

Chapter: Sleep

The best asset we have for making a contribution to the world is ourselves. If we underinvest in ourselves, and by that I mean our minds, our bodies, and our spirits, we damage the very tool we need to make our highest contribution.

Each night, when i go to sleep, I die: and the next morning when I wake up, I am Reborn.

Sleep is a priority.
Our highest priority is to protect our ability to prioritize.
We need to learn the slow 'yes' and the quick 'no'.

The life of an Essentialist is a life lived without regret. If you have correctly identified what really matters, if you invest your time and energy in it, then it is difficult to regret the choices you make. You become proud of the life you have chosen to live.

The life of an Essentialist is a life of meaning. It is a life that really matters. 

“If one’s life is simple, contentment has to come. Simplicity is extremely important for happiness.”

With the focus on what is truly important right now comes the ability to live life more fully, in the moment. For me, a key benefit of being more present in the moment has been making joyful memories that would otherwise not exist. I smile more. I value simplicity. I am more joyful.

Once you become an Essentialist, you will find that you aren’t like everybody else. When other people are saying yes, you will find yourself saying no. When other people are doing, you will find yourself thinking. When other people are speaking, you will find yourself listening. When other people are in the spotlight, vying for attention, you will find yourself waiting on the sidelines until it is time to shine. 

The way of the Essentialist is to tune into the present. To experience life in kairos, not just chronos. To focus on the things that are truly important—not yesterday or tomorrow, but right now.

Some Great Points and Lessons From the Book : - 

  • ''An Essentialist produces more brings forth more by removing more instead of doing more. "
  • " Every day do something that will inch you closer to a better tomorrow."
  • " Starts small and get big results, celebrate small act of progress."
  • "When we start small and reward progress, we end up achieving more than when we set big, lofty and often impossible goals. And as the bonus, the act of positively reinforcing our success allows us to reap more enjoyment and satisfaction of the progress."
  • "Life is available only in the present moment. If you abandon the present moment you cannot live the moments of your daily life deeply."
  • "In work do what you enjoy, in family be completely present."
  • "Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, It's the only thing that ever has."
  • "Routine, in an Intelligent man, is a sign of ambition."
  • “You have to look at every opportunity and say, ‘Well, no … I’m sorry. We’re not going to do a thousand different things that really won’t contribute much to the end result we are trying to achieve.’ ” 
  • Essentialists will commit and “go big” on only the vital few ideas or activities, they explore more options at first to ensure they pick the right one later.
  • Essentialists spend as much time as possible exploring, listening, debating, questioning, and thinking. 
  • An Essentialist focuses the way our eyes focus; not by fixating on something but by constantly adjusting and adapting to the field of vision.
  • No matter how busy you think you are, you can carve time and space to think out of your workday.
  • Whether you can invest two hours a day, two weeks a year, or even just five minutes every morning, it is important to make space to escape in your busy life. 

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