Greg McKeown: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Greg McKeown: Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

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I’ve spent the last 15 years pretty
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obsessed by a single question which is
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what is it that holds capable driven
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people from breaking through to the next
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level and the answer to that question to
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my great surprise is success I first
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observed this working with executive
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teams in Silicon Valley where I noticed
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that when they were focused on a few
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things it led to success but success
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breeds so many opportunities and options
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that that defuse the very focus that led
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to success in the first place and so
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exaggerating the point in order to make
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it
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I found that success becomes a catalyst
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for failure because it leads to what jim
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collins called the undisciplined pursuit
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of more the antidote to that problem is
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the disciplined pursuit of less but
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better that means exploring the very
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critical things you want to pursue and
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being willing to then number two
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eliminate the rest and number three
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build a platform for effortless
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execution so that doing what is
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essential becomes the default position
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not just the rare occasion my position
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is that when people really get a chance
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to think and have the space that they
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can quite easily discern between the
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things that are essential to them
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important to them and those things that
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are not the problem is not our ability
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to discern it’s that we don’t have the
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space to take the time to discern once
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we have that perspective we can think
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through it so my position is that we
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need to develop a routine that enables
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that space to think in a world where we
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have so much information we need more
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time to think and process it not less
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and so you know one CEO that I
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interviewed for the book has two hours
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on his calendar every day broken up into
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half-hour set
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so that he has this space to stop to
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turn everything off to think to see the
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bigger picture I think we could all do
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something similar to that the idea for
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many people of saying no to a senior
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leader to even family members and so on
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is so unthinkable they just don’t even
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experiment with it so they end up being
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a novice with no they just want to avoid
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this like the plague but I found is that
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essentialists practice and learn and
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develop this skill a Kate krill is the
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CEO of loft and the Ann Taylor brand and
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she said that years ago she was really
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bad at saying no and somebody came to
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her mentor and said look you’ve got to
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learn to to get rid of all of these
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people and commitments that don’t mean
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anything to you because they’ll rob you
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of the things that really do and she
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said that because she got that feedback
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she did learn over the years how to say
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no how to push back gracefully sensibly
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but unapologetically and now she says
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she’s very good at it and it saved her
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so many you know wasted hours wasted
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days wasted commitments because she
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actually learned to develop a repertoire
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for saying no
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one of the executives that I interviewed
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for the book because he was trying to be
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a good citizen to his new company ended
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up saying yes to almost everything and
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his stress was going up the quality of
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work was going down and so he started to
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you know with an experiment saying no
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more often being more selective and what
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he found was that the meaning of his
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work was going up the value of his work
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to the company was going up his stress
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was going down and he ended up with one
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of the best performance evaluations of
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his career and one of the largest
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bonuses of his career in that little
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story there is the argument for
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essentialism that by focusing on the few
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things that are really essential we’re
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actually able to make a more valuable
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contribution I think becoming an
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essentialist is not an easy thing I
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certainly think it’s a revolutionary
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thing you find yourself saying no when
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other people are saying yes you’re going
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to be saying yes when other people are
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saying no but in the end in the final
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analysis anything less than the
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disciplined pursuit of the essential
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will lead to the undisciplined pursuit
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of the non-essential and that’s a price
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I don’t think many of us would
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deliberately choose

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