Learnings from the Book “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

There is a lot that leaders and business owners can learn from “Essentialism” by McKeown that I thought this summary be of interest.

The Summary of the Summary

  1. “Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.”
  2. “The way of the Essentialist rejects the idea that we can fit it all in.”
  3. “When faced with so many tasks and obligations that you can’t figure out which to tackle first, stop. Take a deep breath. Get present in the moment and ask yourself what is most important this very second – not what’s most important tomorrow or even an hour from now.”

The 6 Big Ideas

  1. “Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”
  2. Essentialists invest the time they have saved by creating systems for removing obstacles and making execution as easy as possible.
  3. “Essentialism is not a way to do one more thing; it is a different way of doing everything. It is a way of thinking.”
  4. “To embrace the essence of Essentialism requires we replace false assumptions with three core truths: ‘I choose to’, ‘Only a few things really matter’, and ‘I can do anything but not everything.’”
  5. “Essentialism distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many.”
  6. ”The Essentialist designs a routine that makes achieving what you have identified as essential the default position. Yes, in some instances an Essentialist still has to work hard, but with the right routine in place each effort yields exponentially greater results.”

Summary

  • “The way of the Essentialist rejects the idea that we can fit it all in. Instead, it requires us to grapple with real trade-offs and make tough decisions. In many cases, we can learn to make one-time decisions that make a thousand future decisions so we don’t exhaust ourselves asking the same questions again and again.”
  • “Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.”
  • The question of an Essentialist. “Will this activity or effort make the highest possible contribution towards my goal?”

Essentialist methodology:

  1. Individual choice: We can choose what to focus on, how to spend our energy and time.
  2. Almost everything is unimportant: Almost everything is noise, and very few things are exceptionally valuable.
  3. We can’t have it all or do it all: It’s ether a “Hell Yeah!” or a no. If you’re no super passionate about something, you don’t have to do it.

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