CNLP 122: Essentialism’s Greg McKeown on How To Simplify Your Life and Focus on What Produces Exponential Results

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown is one of podcast host Carey Nieuwhof’s favourite books of the last five years.

In this wide-ranging conversation, Carey talks to Greg about how leaders can apply the principles of Essentialism to multiply their impact.

Welcome to Episode 122 of the podcast.


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3 Insights from This Episode

1. The disciplined pursuit of less. Essentialism is the continual pursuit of what matters most, the elimination of what doesn’t, and building a system for your life that supports it. Essentialism and time management are not the same thing. Time management is about being efficient in order to accomplish more. However, Essentialism isn’t about doing more things, it’s about doing more of the right things.

2. Think of everything Jesus didn’t do. Jesus healed and shared the Gospel with a remarkable amount of people when He walked the Earth. But He didn’t heal and preach to everyone. He used His limited time to focus on what mattered most. Each morning, practice asking yourself: Where should I put my limited resources today? Is this the very best use of me?

3. If you want to achieve more, sleep more. This logic runs counter to our culture that celebrates being busy. Studies show that one of the most common similarities between high achievers is that they get a good night’s rest and take naps. We don’t need more hours spent, we need more hours wisely spent. When you are well rested, you are more focused able to work at a higher level. Plain and simple.

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How do you have meaningful conversations—even friendships—with people who are radically different than you and who don’t share the same values you do?

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CNLP 122: Essentialism’s Greg McKeown on How To Simplify Your Life and Focus on What Produces Exponential Results


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  8. Scott on January 11, 2017 at 10:50 am

    “You can do anything but you cannot do everything.” A very pragmatic episode…thank you!

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