Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Version: Unabridged
Author: Greg McKeown
Narrator: Greg McKeown
Genres: Business & Economics, Self Development
Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group
Published In: April 2014
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 6 hours
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NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Essentialism isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done.
“A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked.”—Adam Grant
Have you ever:
• Found yourself stretched too thin?
• Simultaneously felt overworked and underutilized?
• Felt busy but not productive?
• 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. 
Essentialism is more than 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 toward the things that really matter.
By forcing us to apply 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.

Reviews (13)

Written by Anonymous on May 22nd, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Interesting concept, and it started off quite good, but unfortunately I felt it became a bit pretentious and self-congratulatory by the end.

Written by Jon S. on February 5th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Great book. Very insightful. It has change how I approach new things as well as what I have been doing


Written by Danielle M on June 2nd, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Thank you, this is exactly what I needed. Definitely a life changing book.

Written by Courage M on April 26th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I began to implement the principles immediately! It has had such a positive impact on my life and my businesses.

Written by vincent legault on August 28th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I really appreciate this book, I would recommend to anyone who like me prefer to do fewer thing but do it right.

Written by Xin Zhao on January 5th, 2016

  • Book Rating: 1/5

I have to admit that I am very disappointed. It is ironic that a book so relentlessly advocates essentialism is so non-essential: repeat the same materials emphasizing the importance of essentialism in different ways over and over again. The importance is justified without the need of any emphasis, otherwise I would not read this book. My problem, which I believe might also be the problem for a lot of others, is how to differentiate the essential from the non-essential. To this point, it looks like the author has failed to provide any meaningful suggestion, let alone insightful framework or process or logic flow. If I recall correctly, the only suggestion I see is to increase the threshold of your decision. If the candidate is not 90%, then don't make decision. What a waste of time.

Written by Umang Gopani on December 2nd, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

would love to read this book again. although we all know many of these things, putting them down with examples helped me a lot. I would recommend it to anyone. narrating is also good for a non-fiction book like this. This is one of the books to read once a year to keep a check on yourself and be an essentialist.

Written by Nicholas Thomas on October 29th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Clearly defines a path to getting more out of life through focusing on less. The cure for Attention Deficit in our modern society.

Written by Amy Yarrington on August 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this - listening to it a second time now in order to soak it all in.

Written by LaMarr Anderson on May 6th, 2015

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Thought provoking and motivational. Will take 2-3 readings to have it all sink in and effectively apply. Worth the cost and time.

Author Details

Author Details

McKeown, Greg

Greg McKeown is a partner at The Wiseman Group, where he leads the workshop and assessment practice and teaches around the world. Originally from London, England, Greg holds an MBA from Stanford University.