Before we embark on the study of essentialism in detail, let’s first give an essentialism overview. What is essentialism all about? What is the big picture?
Greg McKeown did an excellent lecture at Linkedin over this very issue. We listen through Greg’s presentation in this episode as we prepare to land and explore the Essentialism landscape.
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“Essentialism Overview” Show Notes
Work. Work more. Say yes to everything. We recognize there’s so much we have to do, so we try to do it all. Greg says, “There’s a word for trying to do everything all the time. Madness! I truly feel like it’s this perverse disease of thinking and it has an absolute monopoly right now. Do more. Do more. Get more. Fit in more. More more more.” Before we can fix the way we behave, we have to understand how we ended up here. Greg believes that our society is consumed with wanting more and that’s why we consistently take on additional things. “We are facing an unholy alliance between social media, smart phones, and consumerism. It’s not all bad, but certain forces that have come together are producing an unintended result for all of us,” Greg said. “Our whole society has become consumed by the undisciplined pursuit of more. The only way to overcome this problem is to change the way we think—adopt the mindset of only doing the things that are essential—and do it now.”
Essentialism is a mindset—not a tactic or tip to do more!
Greg advises that what has to come before the automation and practice of getting things done is having an Essentialist mindset. The essentialism mindset begs us to join in a movement. “This book is not about tactically straightening chairs on the Titanic. The purpose is to draw more attention to the mindset problem we have because of the period in which we live. Essentialism wakes you up and helps shift us into a whole new way of thinking.”
Here is the video of Greg’s talk if you would like to look at it as well:
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