Book Review: "Essentialism"

What's my rating for "Essentialism"?

I gave the book a 5 out of 5 Rockstar rating.

McKeown helps us learn how to get more out of what we want in life without spending more (more time, more energy, more money) by providing the tools, the research and the rationale for us to get more by doing less. And he does so in a clear and concise way.

The ability to choose cannot be taken away or even given away—it can only be forgotten.
— Greg McKeown, Essentialism (2014), p. 36.

To live a fulfilling life, we need to decide what matters and what doesn’t, and that’s increasingly difficult in a world that tries to equate “busyness” with importance.

McKeown dispels this idea of busyness early on, declaring that this state of being is just as damaging as laziness, as both are a means of avoiding action. That is, avoiding making the choices that are necessary ingredients for success.

According to McKeown, the solution to overcoming life’s incessant noise and demands is to:

  1. Be clear about what we want and why
  2. Eliminate what doesn’t make the cut
  3. Focus on the essential and make progress however we can

To find out more about the book and my thoughts about it, read my full review here.