About the one thing
This book was 20% insight and 80% fluff! The central message is a good one (focus your time and energy on what matters) but the book certainly dragged on and felt bloated.
Lots of great ideas and lofty ideals, but not a lot of insight on how to apply them. Maybe that's the trick though - it's not a how to manual but more a set of guidelines you need to claim for yourself and figure out how to apply. There are a number of thoughtful questions it asks (or asks the reader to ask) that makes the book worth reading; they can help to clarify what is important, and help you figure out what to prioritize, but they require digging to find, and then a lot of introspection to honestly answer. Not a quick fix. The reader's digest version: simplify, say no to what you don't want to do, plan your time and your choices wisely, think hard before you say yes to anything.
Lots of food for thought in this book, and some good suggestions on how to identify what is essential for you, and how to cut out the 'clutter' from your life - well worth reading.
The book is better understood as an infomercial for the author's consulting business.
The content would have been more useful as a few page essay or magazine article which relayed the few pearls of wisdom and took the title to heart: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.
The author worked hard and writes well but it's still mostly 240+ pages of fluff.
Greg McKeown’s Essentialism The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is a guide on how to avoid getting lost in the churn. Through anecdotes and case studies from his consulting work, McKeown teaches readers how to strip down their lives to the bare essentials. The book starts with the basics of his philosophy—and it is a philosophy he is espousing, not just another time management or productivity solution to try and consider. McKeown really wants you to commit.
A book that takes 240 pages to tell you one thing : stop saying 'yes' to everyone and take over all the projects/committees/meetings that you are offered. Don't bother reading the whole thing, it's full of anectodes that simply come back to that one lesson. Clearly, the author had to add a lot of 'fluff' to package his simple message in a format that he can sell.
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