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Essentialism by Greg Mckeown

  • Develop your ability to choose in every aspect of your life. When we lose our ability to choose, we become hopeless and allow yourself to take away our power. In end, we go with others people choice.
  • Eliminating the non-essential is not about mental discipline. It is about emotional discipline to say ‘No’ to other people.
  • Essentialism is not a way to do one more thing. It is a way to do the right thing at the right time.
  • Most successful people in any field use strict discipline to free their mind from non-essential work and to focus on essential.
  • Essentialist focus on what is important at this moment while a non-essentialist focus on what is important tomorrow and worry about the future.
  • The most successful people create a routine to carry out their goals. it helps them to achieve what they plan for. Unsuccessful people try to execute everything by force. On the other side, successful people accomplish everything in an effortless way.
  • Non-essentialist thinks if you have a limit you will be limited while essentialism thinks if you have a limit you become limitless.
  • Essentialism knows that we cannot fully prepare for the future event. Therefore, they build a buffer to reduce stress caused by unexpected. The buffer is simply a period of time, to set between the chunk of times.
  • Non-essentialist focuses on a big thing and end up with small result while essentialism thinks big and starts with small. The focus of essentialism people is to make their life little better.
  • Non-essentialist people are busy to apply more and more pressure. On the other side, essentialism people find out the obstacles that slow down their progress and removing those obstacle to increase their productivity.
  • Research found that in all form of human motivation. The most effective one is the Recognition of achievement. It boasts motivation, emotions, and perception during the workday because a small win creates a momentum and induce a faith in the future event.
  • In this working world, people try to use your time and energy so that they can reduce their stress. The solution to this problem is to put up a fence and forcing these people to solve their own problem.
  • The clarity of purpose helps you to succeed fast.
  • When we become successful we gain a reputation. The person who was always there to solve problems.
  • Success can distract you from the vital things that produce success in the first place.
  • The more choice we are going to make, the more quality of decision deteriorate.
  • If you don’t make a conscious effect to prioritize your life someone else’s will.
  • Many folks have a habit to say yes because we are eager to please others.
  • “Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.”
  • “The way of the Essentialist isn’t about setting New Year’s resolutions to say no more, or about pruning your in-box, or about mastering some new strategy in time management. It is about pausing constantly to ask, Am I investing in the right activities?”
  • “Sunk-cost bias is the tendency to continue to invest time, money, or energy into something we know is a losing proposition simply because we have already incurred, or sunk, a cost that cannot be recouped.”


  1. “What do I feel deeply inspire me?”
  2. “What am I particularly talented at?”
  3. “What meets a significant need in the world?”
  4. “What would one thing I can do to give the highest contribution in life and in work?”
  5. “Instead of asking, what do I have to give up? Ask: What do I want to go big on?”
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