Greg McKeown, Bestselling Author & Blogger
Bestselling author of “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” and blogger with millions of monthly readers
on this episode
We live in a golden age of information and productivity. Never in human history have ordinary people had such easy access to more information, or more tools to get work done, instantly, from anywhere, by themselves. Which is great! But, as we all know, can be overwhelming. Our poor human brains can get over-filled, or distracted. Checking email, checking social, checking the news, checking the market. And sometimes, in the midst of all this information overload, we lose track of what’s really important.
If you’ve been listening to our podcast, you’ve heard me talk a lot about figuring out what you want. What’s really important to you? How do you filter out the noise of all the outside demands — other people, social media, the news — and really drill down to determine what you want for yourself? Getting to that answer of what you want is the key to achieving clarity about your career change goals. Once you have that clarity, you can go out and achieve what you want.
I’m speaking with Greg McKeown this week. His bestselling book, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less,” is about exactly how to answer this question of what you want — what is essential to your life? Greg is a blogger with millions of monthly readers and, as I mentioned, a bestselling author. He’s written a lot on his concept of essentialism, which I think is a great framing concept for career change. Because, when we talk about career change, what we’re really talking about is figuring out what is most important to you — what is essential — and how do you go about getting it? He and I had a great conversation about exactly that.
What you’ll learn
- How Greg learned (painfully) why he needed to focus on the essentials in his life.
- Greg’s philosophy of Essentialism, discovering your best life by doing less.
- Why figuring out what is essential to your life is important.
- How Essentialism can help you identify what you want and drive your career change forward.
I convinced myself for many years, that I was very lucky to have that job, and I would be crazy to leave it. I convinced myself that the team needed me even though I was miserable. And ultimately, it took me getting physically sick to realize I needed to leave! One of the biggest things that I learned out of the signature coaching was on designing my life. And this is another thing that I had really never, it had, I don't know, if it had never occurred to me. I just never believed it was possible until now.
The way you guys have it laid out it just, it makes it easier to move through the process, because the steps are laid out such a way that it's clear. It's that extra support to help you move through the process that helps you move through the program.
Thank you both for inspiring me to always ask, "Why NOT me?" and stick to my values for what I want for my life. I couldn't be happier and more excited for this new life!
I wanted to thank you because you have helped me land a job that is more fulfilling in every way than a job I thought I could have had before I met you. The work you did and the techniques you taught me literally changed my life.
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