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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown distills the principles of essentialism; the disciplined pursuit of less.


What is the core mind-set of an Essentialist?

CHOOSE: The Invincible Power of Choice DISCERN: The Unimportance of Practically Everything TRADE-OFF: Which Problem Do I Want?


How can we discern the trivial many from the vital few?

ESCAPE: The Perks of Being Unavailable LOOK: See What Really Matters PLAY: Embrace the Wisdom of Your Inner Child 8. SLEEP: Protect the Asset SELECT: The Power of Extreme Criteria


How can we cut out the trivial many?

CLARIFY: One Decision That Makes a Thousand DARE: The Power of a Graceful “No” UNCOMMIT: Win Big by Cutting Your Losses EDIT: The Invisible Art LIMIT: The Freedom of Setting Boundaries


How can we make doing the vital few things almost effortless?

BUFFER: The Unfair Advantage SUBTRACT: Bring Forth More by Removing Obstacles PROGRESS: The Power of Small Wins FLOW: The Genius of Routine FOCUS: What’s Important Now?

Multitask but Focus on one thing at a time.

BE: The Essentialist Life

Get Used To Saying No, even to good opportunities, so you can say YES to the best of the opportunities.

Respect is better than being popular.

Less but Better.

We have heard the common term Less is More. However, we are still trying to prove that less is still “more”. The right way, then is, “Less but Better.” Keeping things simple is difficult, and once you have too many choices, it is easy to make no choice. The discipline of consistently removing the non-essentials, to strip anything to its bare essentials, so that the precision of selecting what is truly important done over time will be rewarded exponentially. So, ask question – What is the non-essential, and how I can take it out?

Focus on vital few and eliminate the trivial many. It is indeed the popular Pareto Principle1 which states that for many outcomes, roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of causes (the “vital few”).

How would we know when we have succeeded?

If you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.

  1. The Pareto Principle states that for many outcomes, roughly 80% of consequences come from 20% of causes (the “vital few”). Other names for this principle are the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle of factor sparsity.