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Essentialism

The Disciplined Pursuit of Less
Lu par : Greg McKeown
Durée : 6 h et 14 min
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 notations)

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Avis de l'équipe

Editors Select, April 2014 - At times we all feel the pressure to take on more than we can handle – to pack our schedules full and be all things to all people. We may think we’re doing the right thing, but as Greg McKeown lays out in his new book, ultimately this behavior leads us to feel stressed out, overworked, and under-satisfied. Essentialism is a call to arms to stop the craziness and apply a structured discipline that will help to identify and foster what matters. By cutting out the nonessential, we can in-turn achieve productivity, fulfillment, and success. —Regina, Audible Editor

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Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

By forcing us to apply a more selective criteria for what is Essential, the disciplined pursuit of less empowers us to reclaim control of our own choices about where to spend our precious time and energy - instead of giving others the implicit permission to choose for us. Essentialism is not one more thing - it’s a whole new way of doing everything. It’s about doing less, but better, in every area of our lives. Essentialism is a movement whose time has come.

©2014 Greg McKeown (P)2014 Random House Audio

Critiques

"Do you feel it, too? That relentless pressure to sample all the good things in life? To do all the 'right' things? The reality is, you don’t make progress that way. Instead, you’re in danger of spreading your efforts so thin that you make no impact at all. Greg McKeown believes the answer lies in paring life down to its essentials. He can’t tell you what’s essential to every life, but he can help you find the meaning in yours.”
-- Daniel H. Pink, author of TO SELL IS HUMAN and DRIVE
 

“Entrepreneurs succeed when they say "yes" to the right project, at the right time, in the right way. To accomplish this, they have to be good at saying "no" to all their other ideas. Essentialism offers concise and eloquent advice on how to determine what you care about most, and how to apply your energies in ways that ultimately bring you the greatest rewards.”
-- Reid Hoffman, co-founder/chairman of LinkedIn and co-author of the #1 NYT bestseller “The Start-up of You”
 

Essentialism holds the keys to solving one of the great puzzles of life: how can we do less but accomplish more? A timely, essential read for anyone who feels overcommitted, overloaded, or overworked—in other words, everyone. It has already changed the way that I think about my own priorities, and if more leaders embraced this philosophy, our jobs and our lives would be less stressful and more productive. So drop what you’re doing and read it..”
~Adam Grant, Wharton professor and bestselling author of Give and Take
 

“As a self-proclaimed "maximalist" who always wants to do it all, this book challenged me and improved my life. If you want to work better, not just  less, you should read it too.” 
- Chris Guillebeau, NYT bestselling author of The $100 Startup
 

"Great design takes us beyond the complex, the unnecessary and confusing, to the simple, clear and meaningful. This is as true for the design of a life as it is for the design of a product. With Essentialism, Greg McKeown gives us the invaluable guidebook for just such a project." 
-Tim Brown, CEO of IDEO
 

  "In Essentialism, Greg McKeown makes a compelling case for achieving more by doing less. He reminds us that clarity of focus and the ability to say ‘no’ are both critical and undervalued in business today."
-Jeff Weiner, ‎CEO, LinkedIn
 

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An Essential book to read/listen to

Going trough the book I felt like it was written specifically for me! I took action immediately and got out of yet another project I was getting into right away! Thanks for this insightful book!

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Comment devenir plus efficace et plus productif

Ce livre vous permettra de découvrir la philosophie de l'essentialisme. Comment se concentrer sur l'instant présent. Comment envisager une meilleure utilisation de notre temps pour réaliser les tâches dans lesquelles nous sommes les plus efficaces. A lire si vous souhaitez impulser une modifications de votre routine quotidienne.

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  • Chris
  • 27/04/2014

Multiple reads required

The book is well written, information dense, and well read. It is a must for business or personal improvement! It will require multiple reads to get as much information and might be worth a kindle/audible combo to write notes for later references.

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  • Texas Reader
  • 13/07/2017

Essential lessons for success

If you don't set your priorities, someone else will.
If you don't maintain your boundaries, nobody will.
If you don't chart your own course and stick to it, someone else will.
You can accomplish much more, by doing less.
This book is full of outstanding advice.

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  • Brian Smith
  • 28/11/2014

Great Message, Redundant At Times

Greg does a great job of narrating, but a good editor could have trimmed a fourth from this read.

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  • Molly Helm
  • 08/06/2014

Paring Down...

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I selected this book because it came up as a suggestion and LOVED it. Having the author read it made it especially enjoyable, as his passion for the topic of distilling life to the very best part comes through in his advice, his stories, his applicable tips. As I drive from client to client, appointment to appointment and commitment to commitment, this books struck a chord. I have suggested it to at least 10 people and suggest it to YOU as well.

What did you learn from Essentialism that you would use in your daily life?

If something isn't "hell yes" then it's a "no."

This book is definitely a "hell yes." Read it.

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  • SJ
  • 11/11/2018

Maybe my expectations were too high

Maybe my expectations were too high but I was a bit disappointed by this book. It felt like it was written over a weekend rather than something that was the result of years of deep thinking. I wish all the best for the author and Anna, his wife, since I feel like I've gotten to know them well. Maybe that's part of the problem. It feels more like a autobiography than anything else. It feels like the author has a lot that he wants to get off his chest but he didn't think long enough about what the reader needed from a book like this.

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  • A. Yoshida
  • 05/10/2017

Less But Better

The book can be summed up in the phrase "less but better." It provides guidance on pruning the trivial many to focus on the vital few. If you want to be an Essentialist (quality over quantity), you must be vigilant in saying "yes" to only those things and activities you love. Otherwise, you'll spread yourself too thin and be mediocre in many things. You won't be making any significant progress in the few things you truly want... you won't be living a meaningful and purposeful life.

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  • Jason Comely
  • 22/05/2014

Call me an "Essentialist"

The message of 'less is better' isn't new to me, but there are fresh insights here. Greg McKeown also does a fantastic job narrating his own book.

If life feels cluttered and stressed, Essentialism is the (audio)book to get.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03/05/2014

Life Changer

What made the experience of listening to Essentialism the most enjoyable?

Already listening to this book AGAIN. Greg McKeown provides the reader/listener with perception changing insights into how to manage and succeed just by keeping in mind the most important things in life.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes

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  • Robert
  • 30/08/2014

Great book for those looking to simplify

Do less, but better.

Okay I wanted to be simple, but I should expand. This book is essential for those of us who are overwhelmed by tasks. You'll hear why essentialism is important, how to decide was is essential, and what is not. Then it talks about how to apply it: how to stay focused, how to say no, and how to help those around you focus on what is important as well.

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  • Errol B.
  • 28/07/2014

Less, but better! Words to live by....

Would you listen to Essentialism again? Why?

I am on my second listening of this book. There is a lot of wisdom in these chapters. Much of the insight of the book are not new, but the presentation of the material and examples of how to incorporate these concepts into your business and life decisions makes it a worthwhile read/listen. I expect I will listen to this book many more times.

What does Greg McKeown bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Greg's reading of the book was pleasant and well paced. Many times the presenter of these types of books are very dry, despite the interesting nature of the material.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

The last book I read 2x in a row was the "5th Discipline" by Peter Senge back in 1994. Like Essentialism, that book helped give me a language to articulate what I had been thinking and a framework for thinking through problems and making decisions.

Any additional comments?

Read/Listen to this book!

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  • Markus Pfeil
  • 27/07/2015

Eine der wenigen Audioproduktionen bei denen der Author gut spricht.

Sehr organisiertes Buch, gut gesprochen, viele "actionables" die man direkt umsetzen kann...sehr zu empfehlen.

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  • José
  • 02/11/2016

Not essential

Paradoxically, the author peddles a good idea (focus on the few truly important things and ignore the rest) in a 7 hours audiobook, when a 20 min essay would have sufficed

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  • Nico Litschke
  • 27/09/2018

Das Wesentliche unwesentlich dargelegt

Die Botschaft: Konzentriere dich auf das Wesentliche. Um das zu finden, sollte man Alternativen abwägen und man findet es leichter durch Nachdenken. Der Rest des Buches ist die Antithese zum Wesentlichen, denn McKeown schwätzt unsinnig, stellt hunderte rhetorische Fragen, kettet den immer gleichen Satz mit anderen Worten aneinander und verschießt Beispiele wie ein Maschinengewehr. Wesentlich wäre eine Definition und wenige knackige Beispiele. Das würde auf eine A4 Seite passen und dem Leser signalisieren: Ich habe mir für dich, lieber Leser, die Mühe gemacht, die Botschaft auf das Wesentliche zu reduzieren.

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  • Felix
  • 28/07/2015

Want to become an essentialist?

I saw the author present his book on the "Talks at Google" series and after listening to him for an hour or so I was initially under the impression that:

a) the content was not really new and
b) that the talk probably covered any new concepts that may be of relevance to me.

As a result I initially decided against reading the book, but am glad I gave it a try despite my reservations. Books like these have a tendency to be redundant. Often they are packed with filler to make the page count. This book is quite the opposite. It is concise, straight to the point with stories inserted where they are relevant. It was obviously written for essentialists by an essentialist. The concept fits right in with the times we are living in, where we have to make more decisions and are exposed to more stimuli than ever before.

If the concept of essentialism resonates with you, this book will help you get and stay on the path. At the end of the day it is about having the right state of mind, this book help you achieve this state of mind. Great narration, quick read, worth a re-read.

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  • A.Albers
  • 29/03/2017

Well... partly contradicting himself

The CORE message is useful.

But quite a few things could have been shorter or totally left out without loosing anything. So in part the author is contradicting his core message (and actually with THOSE parts wasting the time of his readers).

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  • Saleh Amiralai
  • 22/02/2017

Great Book to focus in the important things

By focusing on these few essential things and learning to do better by doing less, we can craft a life that is far more productive and fulfilling.

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  • Fehleinkauf
  • 19/09/2016

Da habe ich noch lange drüber nachgedacht

Für mich eines der besten Bücher seit langem. Wie konzentriere ich mich auf das Wesentliche? Wie finde ich das Wesentliche in allen Lebensbereichen? Und wie schaffe ich es alle anderen Themen abzugeben? Großartiges, weises Buch. Manches wiederholt sich, was ich aber nicht schlimm finde. So festigt es sich über die Stunden des Hörens.

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  • Sophie
  • 30/03/2016

If everyone would hear that book the world would be a much better place

This book is basically a great tool to live a happy life! It shows how to focus on the things that really matter. By doing that you will feel much more fulfilled simply because you spend your time in a meaningful way. It's key to live life conscious and not rushing through.

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  • KerstinR
  • 06/03/2015

Ein Leuchtturm in einer Zeit voller Ablenkung

In dem Versuch Familie, Beruf, Freunde und soziales Engagement unter einen Hut zu bringen scheitere ich. Das Buch hat mir klar gemacht wieso. Es zeigt den Weg auf zu einem Leben, das für einen selbst bedeutend ist. Danke Greg McKeown

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  • Marko
  • 31/10/2019

Brilliant!

Arguably one of the best books I have ever read (or heard)! The author does an amazing job in explaining how we can make our lives simpler and more meaningful every single day.