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Basic value proposition of Essentialism

Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.


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Essentialists spend as much time as possible exploring, listening, debating, questioning and thinking. But their exploration is not an end in itself. The purpose of the exploration is to discern the vital few from the trivial many.


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When we don't have a clear sense of our goal, our aspirations, and our values - we make up our own social games. we waste time and energies on trying to look good in comparison to other people.

We overvalue non-essentials like a nicer car or house, or even intangibles like the number of followers on twitter or the we look in our facebook photos.

As a result, We neglect activities that are truely essential, like spending time with our loved ones, or nurturing our spirit, or taking care of our health.


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Once you have figured out which activities and efforts to keep in your life, you have to have a system for executing them.

You can't wait until that wardrobe is bursting at the seams and then take superhuman effort to purge it. You have to have a system in place so that keeping it neat becomes routine and effortless.


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