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Book Summary: Essentialism by Greg McKeown | Sam Thomas Davies

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What is essentialism?

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

It is about giving ourselves few important choices and deliberately pursuing them in disciplined manner

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Origins of the word 'priority'

“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular.

It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years. 

Only in the 1900s did we pluralize the term and start talking about priorities.”

“W...

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Some big ideas from the book

  • Only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.
  • Essentialism is about deliberately distinguishing the vital few from the trivial many, eliminating the non...

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What do you need to do?

To embrace the essence of Essentialism requires we replace these false assumptions with three core truths: 

  1. “I choose to,”
  2. “Only a few things really matter,” and
  3. “I can do anything but not everything.”

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