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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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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Michael Hyatt is the author of the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, and USA Today bestseller, Platform: Get Noticed in a Noisy World. Recognized by magazines like Forbes and Inc as an important online marketing and leadership expert, he’s also the founder of Platform University and 5 Days to Your Best Year Ever. Read more about him here.
Michele Cushatt is a popular speaker and author. Follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or her blog. She’s a three-time cancer survivor with a powerful, personal story. Listen to it here or read about it in her memoir, Undone: A Story of Making Peace with an Imperfect Life.
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