Season 3, Episode 12: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less [Podcast]

An Interview with Greg McKeown, Author of ‘Essentialism’

Welcome to Season 3, Episode 12 of the This Is Your Life podcast. In this twelfth episode, Michele Cushatt and I interview Greg McKeown, best-selling author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

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We live in a culture that drives us to do, produce, and consume more—constantly. As a result, our schedules are packed, while our lives seem empty. Greg McKeown’s Essentialism, one of the best business books I’ve ever read, offers the perspective and tools we need to break free from this trap.

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In this episode, you’ll discover:

  • Why “keeping your options open” might be the worst decision you ever make.
  • When it comes to our actions, there are really just two different approaches to life.
  • Why opportunities can sometimes be traps.
  • How scarcity drives decisions that end up drowning us.
  • Why we overvalue opportunities and activities and what we can do to streamline our lives for the best effect.
  • Why creating space in our lives to evaluate opportunities is essential for our productivity and quality of life.
  • The key questions to ask yourself about where you want to take your business and your life.
  • Why we usually underestimate the time and resources it will take to follow through on our commitments.
  • The value of a buffer for ensuring our commitments match our long-term goals.

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You can download a complete, word-for-word transcript of this episode here, courtesy of Ginger Schell, a professional transcriptionist, who does all my transcriptions.

Join the Conversation

My favorite part of doing these podcasts is participating in the conversation they provoke. Each week, I ask one question. This week, it is this:

Question: What project or passion could you finally focus on if you could get free from all the nonessentials eating up your time? You can leave a comment by clicking here.

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If you want to listen to more episodes, you will find all thirteen audio episodes of Season 3 here. I release the video episodes weekly, as they are not yet available for batch listening. If you are looking for previous episodes, you can find Season 0 here, Season 1 here, and Season 3 here.

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