Entrepreneurs succeed when they say "yes" to the right project, at the right time, in the right way. To accomplish this, they have to be good at saying "no" to all their other ideas. Essentialism offers concise and eloquent advice on how to determine what you care about most, and how to apply your energies in ways that ultimately bring you the greatest rewards.
Reid Hoffman, co-founder/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestseller “The Start-up of You”
Greg McKeown’s excellent new book is a much-needed antidote to the stress, burnout and compulsion to “do everything,” that infects us all. It is an Essential read for anyone who wants to regain control of their health, well-being, and happiness.
Arianna Huffington, Co-founder, president, and editor in chief, Huffington Post Media Group”
Essentialism holds the keys to solving one of the great puzzles of life: how can we do less but accomplish more? A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked—in other words, everyone. It has already changed the way that I think about my own priorities, and if more leaders embraced this philosophy, our jobs and our lives would be less stressful and more productive. So drop what you’re doing and read it..
Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take
As a self-proclaimed "maximalist" who always wants to do it all, this book challenged me and improved my life. If you want to work better, not just less, you should read it too.
Chris Guillebeau, NYT bestselling author of The $100 Startup
Do you feel it, too? That relentless pressure to sample all the good things in life? To do all the 'right' things? The reality is, you don’t make progress that way. Instead, you’re in danger of spreading your efforts so thin that you make no impact at all. Greg McKeown believes the answer lies in paring life down to its essentials. He can’t tell you what’s essential to every life, but he can help you find the meaning in yours.
Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE
Great design takes us beyond the complex, the unnecessary and confusing, to the simple, clear and meaningful. This is as true for the design of a life as it is for the design of a product. With Essentialism, Greg McKeown gives us the invaluable guidebook for just such a project.
Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO
In Essentialism, Greg McKeown makes a compelling case for achieving more by doing less. He reminds us that clarity of focus and the ability to say ‘no’ are both critical and undervalued in business today.
Jeff Weiner, CEO, LinkedIn
While everyone else is still leafing through Lean In or Outliers, get a competitive jump on the new year with....Essentialism... learn how to identify the right things, focus on getting them done, and forget the rest. In other words, 'do less, but better.'
Essentialism is a powerful antidote to the current craziness that plagues our organizations and our lives. Read Greg McKeown’s words slowly, stop and think about how to apply them to your life – you will do less, do it better, and begin to feel the insanity start to slip away.
Robert I. Sutton, Professor at Stanford University and author of Good Boss, Bad Boss and Scaling Up Excellence.
In a world of increasing chaos and complexity, the ideas and tools of Essentialism turn chaos into commitment and complexity into accomplishment. This timely, well written book is a must read and do for any employee, manager, leader, or parent whoever feels overwhelmed. It is truly the right book at the right time.
- Dave Ulrich, Professor, University of Michigan School of Business and Partner, the RBL Group
Essentialism is a rare gem that will change lives. Greg offers deep insights, rich context and actionable steps to living life at its fullest. I've started on the path to an Essentialist way of life, and the impact on my productivity and well-being is profound.
Bill Rielly, Senior Vice President, Intel Security
In this likeable and astute treatise on the art of doing less in order to do better...McKeown makes the content fresh and the solutions easy to implement. Following his lucid and smart directions will help readers fine "the way of the essentialist
Essentialism will give you richer, sweeter results and put you in real control, giving greater precision to the pursuit of what truly matters.
“Do you feel it, too? That relentless pressure to sample all the good
things in life? To do all the ‘right’ things? The reality is, you don’t make
progress that way. Instead, you’re in danger of spreading your efforts so thin
that you make no impact at all. Greg McKeown believes the answer lies in paring
life down to its essentials. He can’t tell you what’s essential to every life,
but he can help you find the meaning in yours.”
Daniel H. Pink, New York Times bestselling
author of Drive
“Greg McKeown’s excellent new book is a much needed antidote to the stress,
burnout, and compulsion to ‘do everything,’ that infects us all. It is an essential
read for anyone who wants to regain control of their health, well-being, and
Arianna Huffington, New York times bestselling author
“Get a competitive jump on the
new year with….essentialism… Learn how to identify the right things, focus
on getting them done, and forget the rest. In other words, ‘do less, but
“In this likeable and astute
treatise on the art of doing less in order to do better…McKeown makes the content
fresh and the solutions easy to implement. Following his lucid and smart
directions will help readers fine ‘the way of the essentialist.’”
“In this genuine-sounding personal
effectiveness audio, Greg McKeown’s narration is compassionate, almost
meditative, and a good fit for the slowly building thoughtfulness of his
excellent book. Born in London and blessed with a pleasing voice, he has a calm
confidence that makes it easy to slow down and absorb the large and small ideas
he offers. McKeown says that, once we reclaim the choices we have about our
lives, we can become better at doing what’s essential by eliminating irrelevant
noise, accepting the reality of trade-offs, being explicit and rigorous about
our priorities, and adopting behavioral routines. None of these ideas are new,
but McKeown’s quiet delivery allows for their absorption and makes this an
audio lesson that lingers in the heart and spurs lasting change.”