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Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Auteur(s): Greg McKeown
Narrateur(s): Greg McKeown
Durée: 6 h et 14 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (361 évaluations)

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Editors Select, April 2014 - At times we all feel the pressure to take on more than we can handle – to pack our schedules full and be all things to all people. We may think we’re doing the right thing, but as Greg McKeown lays out in his new book, ultimately this behavior leads us to feel stressed out, overworked, and under-satisfied. Essentialism is a call to arms to stop the craziness and apply a structured discipline that will help to identify and foster what matters. By cutting out the nonessential, we can in-turn achieve productivity, fulfillment, and success.

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Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

©2014 Greg McKeown (P)2014 Random House Audio

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"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
 

“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”
 

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
 

"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
 

From the Hardcover edition.

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Thought provoking.

Nicely thought provoking. Inspired me to do more with less and to W.I.N.; what's important now. Thanks, Greg.

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Bleh

I would have finished the book if the narration wasn't so bad. I guess I'm just going to read the summary of the book. Also, this book is very répétitive.

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A wordy definition of "questionable cause"

While I really liked the core concepts outlined in this book, I absolutely hated the way they were delivered. As other reviewers pointed out, this book is so painfully repetitive, that it's name starts to feel ironic after a while. In fact, you can probably just skip to Chapter 20 and still get all the main points, without having to listen to hours of unnecessary name-dropping and logical fallacies. The author tries to pigeonhole so many famous success stories into his obsession with making the term "essentialist" happen, that this book should be featured on the Wikipedia entry for "questionable cause". Do less but better, and go listen to a Mark Manson book instead.

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LOVE THIS BOOK!!!

I am thrilled and excited to start on my new journey to be essential in my life ... with my husband, with my kids, with my relationships and with my business. I am anxious to see what this journey holds and where it takes me.

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Essentially life-changing!

After such clear examples and instruction about removing the non-essentials in life, I feel compelled to get straight to the point in this review - it was amazing! Life-changing! I will be thinking deeply on this, and I feel empowered to start identifying and removing those things keeping me from my essential purpose :)

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A Turning Point Book

I've read many mindset books and this is one of my top favourtites. I would say it is one of my "bibles" of how I choose to live and create life. I recommend it often, to people who seem to be leaning into this idea already but haven't found a word for it yet.

I listen often. I have the hardcover book as well to lend out. I love the hardcover for the design and how he pulls certain quotes into large graphics - so many of them really hit home. The audio is his voice and I find it yes, academic but still charming and easy to listen to. I like it when authours read their own work.

You might listen and feel like he is coming from a place of privilege - which he totally is. And, the idea is still powerful, still possible, still impactful for wherever you are in your own life. I find myself asking "is this essential?" so often - from big decisions to the most basic domestic task. Don't let his personal examples get in the way of his message. This is ultimately about clarity and the power of choice. A power we all have, though the context will be different from person to person.

I can see how Essentialism can be beneficial in the most tiny choices we make as well as the big picture of challenges we face as a species. I love how my practicing this disciplined pursuit of less can help me develop muscles that will be of service to my loved ones, social circle and larger communities.

Mostly I just find this book a wonderful compass for freeing up my mind.

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How to cut through the noise of life

This is the most important and influential book I have read all year it has refined the pursuit of living a life well, more than I can explain or express. I know we can over use the word life-changing as a culture but this book makes it so. I won’t waste anymore words. When you know you know.

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Among the top 3 books I've read this year!

The message of this book is not only needed today, but I believe will continue to be relevant over time.

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so captivating

I absolutely loved this book!! definitely gonna listen to it again, and probably again after that

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Really enjoyed

For enneagram 7’s this is a must read! I really enjoyed this book. Cheers!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2017-07-25

An Essential book to read/listen to

Going trough the book I felt like it was written specifically for me! I took action immediately and got out of yet another project I was getting into right away! Thanks for this insightful book!

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  • Sandra
  • 2017-02-15

Comment devenir plus efficace et plus productif

Ce livre vous permettra de découvrir la philosophie de l'essentialisme. Comment se concentrer sur l'instant présent. Comment envisager une meilleure utilisation de notre temps pour réaliser les tâches dans lesquelles nous sommes les plus efficaces. A lire si vous souhaitez impulser une modifications de votre routine quotidienne.

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  • Brian Smith
  • 2014-11-28

Great Message, Redundant At Times

Greg does a great job of narrating, but a good editor could have trimmed a fourth from this read.

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  • Chris
  • 2014-04-27

Multiple reads required

The book is well written, information dense, and well read. It is a must for business or personal improvement! It will require multiple reads to get as much information and might be worth a kindle/audible combo to write notes for later references.

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  • Texas Reader
  • 2017-07-13

Essential lessons for success

If you don't set your priorities, someone else will.
If you don't maintain your boundaries, nobody will.
If you don't chart your own course and stick to it, someone else will.
You can accomplish much more, by doing less.
This book is full of outstanding advice.

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  • SJ
  • 2018-11-11

Maybe my expectations were too high

Maybe my expectations were too high but I was a bit disappointed by this book. It felt like it was written over a weekend rather than something that was the result of years of deep thinking. I wish all the best for the author and Anna, his wife, since I feel like I've gotten to know them well. Maybe that's part of the problem. It feels more like a autobiography than anything else. It feels like the author has a lot that he wants to get off his chest but he didn't think long enough about what the reader needed from a book like this.

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  • Molly Helm
  • 2014-06-08

Paring Down...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I selected this book because it came up as a suggestion and LOVED it. Having the author read it made it especially enjoyable, as his passion for the topic of distilling life to the very best part comes through in his advice, his stories, his applicable tips. As I drive from client to client, appointment to appointment and commitment to commitment, this books struck a chord. I have suggested it to at least 10 people and suggest it to YOU as well.

What did you learn from Essentialism that you would use in your daily life?

If something isn't "hell yes" then it's a "no."

This book is definitely a "hell yes." Read it.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 2017-10-05

Less But Better

The book can be summed up in the phrase "less but better." It provides guidance on pruning the trivial many to focus on the vital few. If you want to be an Essentialist (quality over quantity), you must be vigilant in saying "yes" to only those things and activities you love. Otherwise, you'll spread yourself too thin and be mediocre in many things. You won't be making any significant progress in the few things you truly want... you won't be living a meaningful and purposeful life.

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  • 2014-05-03

Life Changer

What made the experience of listening to Essentialism the most enjoyable?

Already listening to this book AGAIN. Greg McKeown provides the reader/listener with perception changing insights into how to manage and succeed just by keeping in mind the most important things in life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Jason Comely
  • 2014-05-22

Call me an "Essentialist"

The message of 'less is better' isn't new to me, but there are fresh insights here. Greg McKeown also does a fantastic job narrating his own book.

If life feels cluttered and stressed, Essentialism is the (audio)book to get.

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  • Robert
  • 2014-08-30

Great book for those looking to simplify

Do less, but better.

Okay I wanted to be simple, but I should expand. This book is essential for those of us who are overwhelmed by tasks. You'll hear why essentialism is important, how to decide was is essential, and what is not. Then it talks about how to apply it: how to stay focused, how to say no, and how to help those around you focus on what is important as well.

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  • Errol B.
  • 2014-07-28

Less, but better! Words to live by....

Would you listen to Essentialism again? Why?

I am on my second listening of this book. There is a lot of wisdom in these chapters. Much of the insight of the book are not new, but the presentation of the material and examples of how to incorporate these concepts into your business and life decisions makes it a worthwhile read/listen. I expect I will listen to this book many more times.

What does Greg McKeown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Greg's reading of the book was pleasant and well paced. Many times the presenter of these types of books are very dry, despite the interesting nature of the material.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The last book I read 2x in a row was the "5th Discipline" by Peter Senge back in 1994. Like Essentialism, that book helped give me a language to articulate what I had been thinking and a framework for thinking through problems and making decisions.

Any additional comments?

Read/Listen to this book!

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