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The Greg McKeown Podcast

English, Education, 1 season, 290 episodes, 6 days, 21 hours, 9 minutes
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Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Felt busy but not productive? Or like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? I'm Greg McKeown, and welcome to the Essentialism podcast. Through my best-selling book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, I've been fortunate to help many people deliberately distinguish the vital few from the trivial many and then remove these obstacles to create a clear path to accomplishing what matters. The Way of the Essentialist is not about trying to fit it all in - it's about fitting in only what matters. Aspiring essentialists are always asking me for how they can apply these principles to their own lives. They want real examples from real people. This Essentialism podcast is my answer. Every week, we have conversations - sometimes with thought leaders, sometimes with celebrities, and often with people like you and me - to understand what they want to prioritize and help them apply Essentialism to achieve their goals in real life. I answer listener questions and talk about my own experiences as well, as I too am an aspiring Essentialist! You're invited to join us and take an hour or two a week to focus on learning how to put what matters to you first. After all, if you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
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289. Million Dollar Weekend with Noah Kagan and Taylor Wallace (Part 1)

About the Guest: Noah Kagan is the trailblazing entrepreneur and marketing guru best known as the Chief Sumo at AppSumo.com, a platform championing the empowerment of entrepreneurs. His professional journey saw humble beginnings as a "cubicle monkey" at Intel before he became employee number 30 at Facebook and number four at Mint. These early career milestones equipped him with deep insights into business startups, marketing, and personal development. He's also the author of "Million Dollar Weekend," a guide aimed at revolutionizing entrepreneurial thinking and successful business launches. Episode Summary: In the latest episode of the Greg McKeown podcast, we're gifted with the presence of Noah Kagan, unveiling the fabric of successful entrepreneurship in a discussion soaked with wisdom and practical advice. The episode transcends the traditional entrepreneurial dialogue, exploring the significance of starting small, embracing failures, and adopting continuous learning as a cornerstone of personal and professional growth. Noah unpacks his journey through the landscape of high-impact businesses, reflecting on the monumental effects of his formative experiences at Facebook and Mint. The conversation delves into the motivations behind his new book "Million Dollar Weekend," a crystallization of his entrepreneurial philosophy. The pair examine the psychological barriers that aspiring entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them to create businesses capable of reaching the million-dollar mark, emphasizing the importance of taking initial actionable steps. Embracing the ethos of essentialism, they unravel how the courage to start, despite the fear of being subpar, is often the defining trait between successful entrepreneurs and mere dreamers. Resources: "Million Dollar Weekend" book by Noah Kagan AppSumo.com - Noah Kogan's platform for entrepreneurs Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/11/202443 minutes, 35 seconds
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288. Life Ignition Tools with Jeff Karp (Part 2)

Join us as we explore the transformative journey of lifelong learning, where the pursuit of knowledge reshapes our very being. As we discuss, learning is not static; it's an ever-evolving process that requires us to reassess the foundations of our understanding and embrace the idea that our knowledge and beliefs are as malleable as astronauts defining 'down' in space. In this episode, we dissect the art of inquiry, emphasizing the potency of asking the right questions, whether in scientific seminars or everyday conversations. By understanding the importance of well-crafted questions, we can transform superficial interactions into meaningful exchanges, uncovering the strategic narratives of those around us. Jeff shares how inspiration from nature led to groundbreaking medical products, exemplifying the importance of maintaining a keen observational eye. Further, we examine how mindfulness and observation can rekindle our innate curiosity, deepen our connection with the environment, and reveal the miraculous in everyday life. So, take a moment to pause, listen, and let yourself be inspired by the wonders that surround us and the infinite possibilities of continued growth and discovery. Buy Jeff's book. Follow Jeff on LinkedIn, and X. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/9/202444 minutes, 20 seconds
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287. Life Ignition Tools with Jeff Karp (Part 1)

Join me as we welcome the exceptional Jeff Karp, a Harvard Medical School professor and MIT bioengineer, to share his profound insights on harnessing the power of questioning and interdisciplinary thinking. Jeff takes us on a journey through his book "LIT," a manifesto for personal growth and intellectual curiosity, born from his own experiences with learning differences and ADHD. His story is a testament to the life-altering power of a single question and how it sparked a relentless pursuit of knowledge through intentional inquiry.  This conversation is a heartfelt reflection on the relentless quest for self-improvement and the courage to align our actions with our deepest values, despite the distractions and pressures of daily life. Jeff tackles the complex evolution of self-identity, the journey towards moral maturity, and the importance of adapting to life's constant changes, drawing parallels between the universe's expansion and our own personal growth. Tune in for an enlightening discussion that promises to ignite your mind and inspire a lifelong commitment to learning and self-discovery. Buy Jeff's book. Follow Jeff on LinkedIn, and X. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/4/202449 minutes, 38 seconds
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286. Daring to Ask with Jeff Wetzler (Part 2)

Join me as I continue my fascinating dialogue with Jeff Wetzler, author of "Ask," where we unravel the art of inquiry and its potential to unlock wisdom from those around us. We venture into the 'ask approach,' a transformative five-step journey that begins with choosing curiosity. Listen in as we tackle the complexities of media influence and the critical need for quality questioning amidst a climate of sensationalism and partisanship. We'll explore how CEOs create spaces for honest dialogue within their companies, and I'll share personal anecdotes that illuminate the power of adjusting our approaches for more meaningful exchanges. You'll learn strategies for full-spectrum listening that goes beyond words to emotions and actions, setting the stage for profound connection and understanding. The conversation culminates with the 'sift and turn' method for feedback reflection, a process for discerning valuable insights from critique. We'll discuss how results and relationships are the dual pillars of success in both personal and professional realms, and Jeff's expertise shines as we pinpoint the moments when everything aligns, bringing us to those 'exactly moments' where true progress is made. Don't miss out on these invaluable insights that will surely enhance your communication skills and enrich your life. Buy Jeff's book. Follow Jeff on LinkedIn, and X. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
4/2/202441 minutes, 54 seconds
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285. Daring to Ask with Jeff Wetzler (Part 1)

Join me on a journey through the landscape of communication, as we explore the transformative power of asking the right questions with Jeff Wetzler, author of "Ask: Tap into the Hidden Wisdom of People Around You." Listen in as we uncover why so many crucial insights and feedback go unheard in both professional and personal spheres, with a staggering 85% of employees keeping silent on important matters. This silence can cripple an organization's collective intelligence, leading to poor decision-making and stunted growth. Jeff shares from his experience, revealing how leaders can create an environment that encourages open dialogue and taps into the wisdom of those around them. By acknowledging and understanding communication barriers, we can pave the way for more meaningful connections. Reflect on these insights and more, as we unpack the complexities of human interaction and the art of asking essential questions.. Buy Jeff's book. Follow Jeff on LinkedIn, and X. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/28/202447 minutes, 58 seconds
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284. The Art of Subtraction with Leidy Klotz (Part 2)

Join me as we continue to embrace the concept of 'less but better' with my guest Leidy Klotz, an adept professor and the author of "Subtraction." Together, we tackle the transformative power of subtraction and simplification in leading a more meaningful and efficient lifestyle. Discover the significance of questioning the necessity of additions and the pervasive 'more is better' culture. This conversation illuminates the need for open communication and collaboration to let go of non-essential tasks and embrace a culture that values simplicity. We'll reflect on the iconic partnership of Jony Ive and Steve Jobs and the power of saying no to maintain focus on our true priorities. By the end of our discussion, you'll be inspired to consider how subtraction can be integrated into your organizational culture and personal life, fostering continuous growth and a higher point of contribution. Buy Leidy's book. Visit Leidy''s website. Follow Leidy in LinkedIn. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/26/202430 minutes, 5 seconds
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283. The Art of Subtraction with Leidy Klotz (Part 1)

Join me and behavioral science pioneer Leidy Klotz as we uncover the untapped potential of subtraction in our everyday lives. Listen in as we share personal anecdotes and research that reveal our innate tendency to add rather than remove, despite the clear benefits of simplicity. We tackle the intricacies of simplification, not just in our personal habits but extending into complex systems like legislation and workplace practices. We discuss the challenges of recognizing and celebrating the often invisible work of subtraction, despite its crucial role in achieving elegance and efficiency. The power of simplicity shines through as we examine how master innovators like Anna Keichline and tech titans such as Elon Musk and Steve Jobs have used the art of subtraction to revolutionize industries. From one-click purchasing to hollowed-out bricks, the stories shared in this episode underscore the impact of starting with a 'zero step' mentality. So, if you're looking to refine your approach to problem-solving and innovation, this is your cue to strip away the excess and embrace the elegance of less. Tune in and be inspired to identify areas in your life ripe for simplification and join us on this journey toward clarity and efficiency. Buy Leidy's book. Visit Leidy''s website. Follow Leidy in LinkedIn. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/21/202437 minutes, 10 seconds
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282. What's Essential: Deep Listening with Dean Helen Williamson (Replay)

I interview Dr. Dean Helen Williams, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. In an upfront and candid conversation, we explore the difference in our experiences as academics, leaders, and human beings. Dean Williams' perspective as a black woman, academic, and leader on everything going on in America, and how to most effectively move forward and make change, is a conversation you will not want to miss. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/19/20241 hour, 1 minute, 32 seconds
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281. What's Essential: The Disciplined Pursuit of Home with Drew & Linda Scott (Replay)

Drew and Linda Scott go into detail on their vastly different upbringings, and how their parents and families have molded them into the people they are today. Greg, Drew and Linda discuss how the world can be changed for the better, and the individual steps it takes each person along the way to create an effective and lasting change.  Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/14/202452 minutes, 3 seconds
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280. What's Essential: The Power of Systems with Rob Dyrdek (Replay)

This week I’m talking with my friend, entrepreneur, and television star Rob Dyrdek. Every time I speak with Rob, I leave with a clearer view of what it takes to get to a completely different level in my life.  The secret Rob has learned that allows him to be so successful is that not all effort is created equal. Rob has carefully designed his life around systems that deliver effortless results today, tomorrow, and forever.  Join us as Rob shares how you can build systems in your life that will allow you to reap residual results.  Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/12/202449 minutes, 23 seconds
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279. Strength in Belonging with Sue Johnson (Part 2)

Listen in as we explore the essence of secure attachment, discussing how it transcends mere communication skills and reduces defensiveness during conflicts. Our dialogue also touches on the societal pressures that shape men's fear of failure and women's fear of isolation, illuminating the strength that comes from sharing our innermost fears and embracing the universality of our emotional needs. With perspectives from tech leaders to Gandhi, we question the cost of our dependence on technology and stress the importance of prioritizing human connections to nurture the very fabric of our society. While our time is limited, the insights gained from our discussion are vast, offering listeners a path to deeper self-discovery and the assertion of personal beliefs and values. Join us as we navigate these complex yet essential facets of our lives, fostering environments that promote self-trust and validation. Buy Sue's book Hold Me Tight. Visit Sue's website. Follow her on Instagram, and YouTube. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/7/202458 minutes, 29 seconds
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278. Strength in Belonging with Sue Johnson (Part 1)

Join us as we unravel the mysteries of love and attachment with the extraordinary Dr. Sue Johnson, a beacon in the field of psychology and the architect of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In our enlightening conversation, Dr. Johnson shares her insights on the crucial role of emotional connections and secure attachments for our well-being, taking us on a journey through the pivotal ideas of Dr. John Bowlby and the evolution of the science of love. Dr. Johnson's work shines a light on the misconception that attachment is a weakness, revealing it as the essence of our strength and resilience. We tackle the often misunderstood nature of relationship conflicts, revealing that the heart of many disputes is not the disagreement itself but the underlying emotional disconnection between partners. This episode promises to offer profound insights into how we can enhance our personal health, fortify our relationships, and embrace the untapped potential within our most cherished connections. Buy Sue's book Hold Me Tight. Visit Sue's website. Follow her on Instagram, and YouTube. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
3/5/202438 minutes, 43 seconds
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277. Think Remarkable with Guy Kawasaki (Part 2)

Listen in as we unpack the complex fabric of leadership, where the line between being a genius and a genius maker is explored through the prism of Steve Jobs' iconic tenure. In this Part 2 conversation, we reveal that true innovation lies in substance over style, and that fostering genius is about more than just a harsh leadership style or a signature look. We also shine a light on the accountability of corporate governance, using Theranos' board as a stark example of oversight gone awry. We also take a critical look at technology's double-edged sword, from the transformative power of smartphones to the ethical quandaries presented by AI and potential biases. Join us as we navigate the balance between technological progress and the imperative of maintaining a human touch. Buy Guy's book Think Remarkable. Visit Guy's website. Follow him on Instagram, and LinkedIn. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/29/202433 minutes, 27 seconds
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276. Think Remarkable with Guy Kawasaki (Part 1)

Join me for an exhilarating journey with the iconic Guy Kawasaki, whose storied career takes us from the early days at Apple to his influential role at Canva, and as an author who continues to shape the business world. Listen in as we explore the concept of a growth mindset through Guy's eyes, drawing on personal stories from his time with Apple and the opportunities he's seized—or missed—throughout his career. Guy reflects on pivotal moments, like candidly challenging Steve Jobs and the subsequent twists his career took, including the lucrative roles he turned down. The discussion reveals how embracing a growth mindset, as advocated by Carol Dweck, has influenced Guy's decisions and permeates the message of his latest book. It's a revealing look at the balance between seizing chances and the wisdom gleaned from the roads not taken. Tune in for an inspiring conversation that might just change your perspective on success and the potential for growth in every one of us.. Buy Guy's book Think Remarkable. Visit Guy's website. Follow him on Instagram, and LinkedIn. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/27/202441 minutes, 8 seconds
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275. Supercommunicators with Charles Duhigg

Join me for an enlightening conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Charles Duhigg, as we unravel the mysteries of supercommunicators and their impact on both personal and professional spheres. Listen in as we consider the innate abilities some individuals possess to connect, persuade, and influence through the power of effective communication, and how the decline in interpersonal communication education has affected our society. The episode brings to light different types of interactions we engage in daily, categorized as helping, hugging, or hearing. We explore research that lays out the traits of a supercommunicator and how simple techniques like using micro questions and matching emotional tones can significantly enhance connection. We delve into the importance of vulnerability and reciprocal sharing in fostering closeness, illustrating how super communicators naturally encourage others to open up, ultimately improving the quality of interactions without making their skills the center of attention. Tune in as we share the belief that anyone can become a supercommunicator by mastering a set of learnable skills, fostering connections that enhance understanding in all facets of life. Buy Charles' books Supercommunicators and The Power of Habit. Visit Charles' website. Follow him on Instagram, and LinkedIn. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/22/202446 minutes, 4 seconds
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274. Cultivating Mindful Relationships and Creative Growth with Leo Babauta (Part 2)

Listen in as Leo Babauta, renowned author, blogger, and creator of Zen Habits, joins us to share his compelling journey from a life weighed down by debt and unhealthy habits to one of simplicity and mindfulness. His story is a powerful demonstration of how changing a single habit can drastically alter the course of our lives. We tackle the often daunting task of breaking and changing habits, examine the captivating design of smartphones and their role as one of today's most addictive objects, and underscore the importance of commitment, emotional investment, and readiness for change. We also delve into the concept of 'urge surfing' and its effectiveness in managing temptations and negative thought patterns, particularly during stressful moments when it's all too easy to revert to old habits. Leo and I discuss practical steps for habit change, from choosing a single focus to understanding the cues that precede unwanted behaviors. Tune in for an enriching dialogue that not only promises personal growth but also empowers you with the confidence to face life's various challenges and design a life of significant value and contribution. Buy Leo's book Essential Zen Habits. Subscribe to his podcast. Visit Leo's website. Follow him on Instagram, and LinkedIn. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/20/202439 minutes, 52 seconds
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273. Cultivating Mindful Relationships and Creative Growth with Leo Babauta (Part 1)

Join me for a thought-provoking journey with the incredible Leo Babauta, a champion of mindfulness and minimalism, as we discuss the transformative practice of slowing down. Listen in as Leo sheds light on the often-overlooked power of simplicity in our hectic lives and how creating mental space within our daily tasks can lead to profound changes. His Zen Habits principles and actionable strategies for habit formation are not only insightful but also equip us with the tools to live more intentionally and find joy in less. Buy Leo's book Essential Zen Habits. Subscribe to his podcast. Visit Leo's website. Follow him on Instagram, and LinkedIn. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/15/202442 minutes, 59 seconds
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272. The Invincible Power of Choosing to Choose

Join me on a thought-provoking journey where we explore the power of choice and the profound tranquility of inner solitude. Drawing from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's timeless reflections in "Gift from the Sea," we ponder the significance of cultivating a personal rhythm in life that allows for creative pauses and the nurturing of vibrant relationships with ourselves and others. Listen in as we discuss the wisdom of finding a peaceful inner space amidst the hectic pace of modern existence. We also reflect on a transformative moment from Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," emphasizing the space between stimulus and response where our freedom to choose lies. I share actionable strategies for enhancing mindfulness and making deliberate choices, from keeping a choice journal to employing decision delay techniques. Together, we aim to empower you to take control of your life's narrative, ensuring your decisions resonate with your deepest values and aspirations. Let's engage in this reflective episode to inspire personal growth and the intentional living of our highest contribution. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/13/202424 minutes
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271. The Power of True Connection with Erik Newton

Erik lost his wife, Aubrie, to cancer. It was a tragic loss that has left a hole in his life and the life of their young daughter as well. But in losing Aubrie, Erik gained something, too: incredible insight into love, connection, and what truly matters. Their love story, defined by deep connection and resilience through adversity, paints a vivid picture of life's most meaningful treasures. Erik details the inspiring spirit of his late wife, a woman who fought through a traumatic childhood and battled cancer with a combative spirit that turned conflicts into intimacy. We delve into their family life, the impact of Aubrey's illness on their relationship, and the powerful lessons learned about love, mortality, and the importance of cherishing every moment. This episode is a heartfelt testament to living a life focused on love, meaningful connections, and the pursuit of joy, leaving you with a renewed perspective on the significance of the paths we choose. Read Erik's powerful and authentic thread on X. Follow Erik on X. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/8/20241 hour, 8 minutes, 24 seconds
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270. Essential Happiness with Mo Gawdat (Part 2)

Join me as I continue my enriching conversation with Mo Gawdat, the former chief business officer at Google X and author of the international best-seller, "Solve for Happy." In this part 2 conversation, we unravel the complexities of human connections in our increasingly digital world. We question the true issues within our relationships, touch upon the concept of essentialism, and dissect the current epidemic of loneliness and the fallacy that online connections can suffice for the authenticity of in-person bonds. We also explore the concept of residual results in endeavors like podcasting, where persistence is key to long-term success. I share insights into the rewarding nature of creating content that resonates and helps others. We conclude by emphasizing the '1000X' approach, aiming to amplify our message through the power of our followers rather than chasing financial gain. Our conversation serves as a reminder of the exponential impact we can achieve by focusing on what truly matters and building systems that provide continuous benefits. Follow Mo on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and X. Visit Mo's website. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/6/202451 minutes, 20 seconds
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269. Essential Happiness with Mo Gawdat (Part 1)

Join me as I embark on a thoughtful journey with the remarkable Mo Gawdat, former Google X executive and the driving force behind 'Solve for Happy.' Together, we explore the intertwining paths of essentialism, the pursuit of happiness, and celebrating the concept of 'less but better.' Our conversation takes us through personal narratives of simplifying life and the lasting impact of word-of-mouth for the books that truly resonate with us. Listen in as we examine the emotional depth of attachment and the art of decluttering, with anecdotes from my own life and the universal challenge of the endowment effect. We dissect the invisible decision-making criteria that shape our lives, advocating for a '90% rule' that focuses on what's genuinely important. As we wrap up Part 1, we underscore the critical role of emotional connections, emphasizing the need for mutual reliance and the 'thousand-ex relationship.' Take a moment after listening to think about the insights that resonated with you and consider the actions you can take to strengthen your bonds and perpetuate the cycle of connection. Follow Mo on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and X. Visit Mo's website. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
2/1/20241 hour, 2 minutes, 44 seconds
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268. What's Essential: David Allen on Getting the Right Things Done (Replay)

David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, discusses the practical ways and key specifics to immediately begin the journey of cutting out what is non-essential, both personally and professionally. We go back and forth on the deeper and visionary elements of why it’s beneficial to focus on doing what matters most. Follow David on LinkedIn Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/30/20241 hour, 6 minutes, 14 seconds
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267. Grit and Growth with Brian Murphy (Part 2)

Join me for a captivating journey with Brian Murphy, the visionary behind ReliaQuest, as we unravel the transformation from a meticulous auditor to a bold IT consulting entrepreneur. Listen in as Brian shares the defining moments and crucial conversations that sparked his leap into the entrepreneurial realm. We explore the essence of foundational business principles and the impact of personal connections in the business world. We also navigate through the stormy period of the Great Recession, where Brian's then-nascent IT firm faced the daunting prospect of disappearing projects and a staggering loss in accounts receivable. Hear about the strategic maneuver towards a government military contract that not only kept the company afloat but also paved the way for their growth into the cybersecurity sector. Brian underscores the courage required to shift strategies, the art of listening beyond what is said, and the framework for effective problem-solving that has been integral to his success. As we reflect on the Innovator's Dilemma and the continuous challenge of adapting to customer needs, I invite you to embrace the entrepreneurial spirit and apply these insights to your own pursuits. Let this episode be the catalyst for your own innovation and growth as you think, create, and evolve within your organization. Follow Brian on LinkedIn. Visit the Reliaquest website. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/25/202443 minutes, 29 seconds
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266. The Strength of Weak Ties

Join me as I uncover the surprising power of weak ties, a concept coined by sociologist Mark S. Granovetter, which plays a pivotal role in our lives more than we ever imagined. Listen in as I discuss Granovetter's groundbreaking findings on the importance of casual acquaintances in job searches and the immense influence of weak ties in the digital age. I share my own experiences with unconventional networking, like speed meeting events, and how these can dramatically foster new connections and opportunities. Discover the benefits of stepping out of your comfort zone to engage with a broad range of individuals, thereby harnessing the strength of weak ties. I challenge you to take the most impactful takeaway from our discussion, apply it immediately, and pass on the knowledge to someone who might just find that edge they've been looking for in those uncharted connections. Don't miss out on this insightful exploration of how every interaction, no matter how superficial it may seem, can significantly shape our professional and personal journeys. Research on Minimal Social Interactions Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/23/202416 minutes, 15 seconds
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265. Grit and Growth with Brian Murphy (Part 1)

Join me as I welcome the remarkable Brian Murphy, the founder and CEO of cybersecurity giant Reliaquest, to share his inspiring story of entrepreneurship. Listen in as Brian takes us back to his formative years, from his blue-collar roots to the pivotal moments that shaped his future. We laugh about his childhood mishaps and marvel at how a mobile library and a curious mind led him to his first business book at the tender age of thirteen. In this episode, we explore the profound influence of a strong work ethic and the benefits of being the youngest sibling. He emphasizes the importance of effective communication, recounting how a college class and techniques like "feel, felt, found" shaped his approach to both business and personal interactions. This conversation highlights the invaluable role of mentorship and the life-altering impact of books, as Brian reflects on how "Rich Dad Poor Dad" transformed his outlook on life. Our discussion touches on the confidence that comes from knowledge and the power of doing simple things "savagely well." As Brian's journey unfolds, it's clear that success in entrepreneurship is anything but linear. Tune in to learn from Brian's experiences and the principles that have guided him to the pinnacle of the tech industry. Follow Brian on LinkedIn. Visit the Reliaquest website. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/18/202437 minutes, 50 seconds
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264. Family, Trauma, and Hope with Jennie Allen (Part 2)

Join us for part 2 of my conversation with Jeannie Allen as we unpack the complexities of our emotional responses and their surprising intensities. This conversation peels back the layers of our emotions, tracing them to their roots, and reveals how past experiences, like childhood fears and moments of crisis, can shape our present feelings. Listen in as Jeannie bravely navigates her history of fear and loneliness, illustrating the transformative journey of emotional untangling. The heart of human connection and the pain of potential loss are at the forefront of our discussion in this touching chapter. I open up about the tumultuous emotions I faced upon my best friend's cancer diagnosis, and the stark fear of losing a friendship that has been a cornerstone of my life. We examine the concept of safe attachment, where being heard equates to survival—a need as vital in our formative years as it is in our adult interactions. Finally, we delve into the significance of confronting deep-seated fears and the concept of 'primal panic' with Jennie, who offers her expertise on the subject. Our discussion shines a light on the importance of emotional intelligence and personal growth, and the power of empathy in the healing process. Engage with our heartfelt exchange, as we celebrate the courage it takes to untangle complex emotions, and consider how this understanding can profoundly impact our lives. Don't miss this opportunity to connect with your own emotional journey and perhaps find solace and inspiration in ours. Buy her book "Get Out of Your Head." Follow Jennie on LinkedIn, Instagram. Check out Jennie's website. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/16/202438 minutes, 37 seconds
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263. Family, Trauma, and Hope with Jennie Allen (Part 1)

Join us on this enlightening journey with the remarkable Jennie Allen, a spiritual trailblazer and best-selling author who returns to share her insights on emotional intelligence, the power of connection, and the art of living with intention. Listen in as Jennie opens up about her first encounter with loss, the intertwining of emotions with life's most vivid experiences, and how her book "Get Out of Your Head" has sparked transformative conversations about mental wellness and spiritual growth. We explore the intricate tapestry of family dynamics, acknowledging the generational impact of trauma and the importance of humility in healing. As we reminisce about personal stories and reflect on the strength of relationships, we recognize the ongoing effort required to foster nurturing family environments. Discover the beauty of creating a legacy that transcends our lifetimes, and be inspired by tales of overcoming adversity and finding joy amidst life's struggles. Buy her book "Get Out of Your Head." Follow Jennie on LinkedIn, Instagram. Check out Jennie's website. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/12/202440 minutes, 19 seconds
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262. The Art of Meaningful Relationships (Fewer But Deeper Series: Part 4)

Join me as we ponder the turning of the calendar to 2024, a time for introspection and goal-setting. But this year, we're taking a different approach, asking not just 'what' but 'who' is important in our lives. I discuss the profound shift from a task-driven to a people-centric perspective, exploring how this reorientation affects leadership, team management, and personal relationships. Leadership and virtual team performance: A meta-analytic investigation Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
1/10/202423 minutes, 37 seconds
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261. Greg Wells on Optimizing Your Life with Deliberate Recovery (Replay)

Performance physiologist and wellness advocate Greg Wells, Ph.D. (author, Rest Refocus Recharge) shares his insights on the importance of proper rest to achieve optimal performance. Dr. Wells and Greg discuss finding the dynamic balance between work and relaxation, and the mindset shift that rest is both a skill and a responsibility. They explore practical techniques that can be developed and applied to all aspects of a healthier life. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
1/4/202436 minutes, 58 seconds
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260. What's Essential: Q&A on The Power Of Small Wins (Replay)

If your life is anything like mine, you probably have far more problems than you can solve in one day. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. When this happens, it is often our most important relationships that suffer. But the good news is there is a solution. Taking just a few moments to celebrate small wins, especially with those that matter most, can change the equation in your favor.  In this episode, my wife Anna and I explore concrete ways you can reinforce good behavior at home, avoiding the temptation only to see what someone is doing wrong, and how to use microbursts of effort to improve your relationships. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
1/2/202444 minutes, 40 seconds
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259. Simon Sinek on The Power Of Finding Your Why (Replay)

It’s not only important to identify what’s essential in your life, but you must also know why it matters. Join me as I speak with Simon Sinek, Inspirational Speaker and Global "Best Selling" Author (Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better, Find Your Why and The Infinite Game) , In this episode, Simon shares: The importance of finding your "why" How to find the courage to reinvent yourself How to define yourself by what you believe, not only by what you do Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
12/28/202338 minutes, 11 seconds
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258. The 85% Rule (Replay)

Have you ever wondered why we can't fix burnout culture with a wellness app? What if doing less was actually more effective than giving it 100%? Today I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive I've learned and provide some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to accomplish more by putting in less effort. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
12/26/202322 minutes, 17 seconds
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257. Purpose with Samuel Wilkinson (Part 2)

Join me as I continue my fascinating conversation with Yale professor Samuel Wilkinson, author of the thought-provoking book "Purpose: What Evolution and Human Nature Imply About the Meaning of Our Existence." Listen in as we tackle the intriguing topic of altruism in the evolutionary narrative, debunking the myth that survival hinges solely on selfishness. The significance of relationships and family takes center stage in our discussion as we share insights into how these bonds form the bedrock of happiness and meaning in our lives. Explore findings from the Harvard Adult Development Study that showcase the undeniable link between well-being and warm, supportive connections. The conversation doesn't shy away from the hard truths either, addressing the impact of detachment in early life and the innate human craving for closeness. We also dissect the psychological and evolutionary drivers that make personal relationships a central pillar of our contentment. Learn about the role of affective forecasting in our lives, highlighting our tendency to misjudge what will bring us true happiness, and the constant balancing act required to nurture our most cherished connections. We delve into the dual nature of humans—capable of both selfish and altruistic behaviors—and how the success of partnerships and family life often hinges on the willingness to put collective needs above individual desires. Samuel Wilkinson is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Yale Depression Research Program. Dr. Wilkinson received his B.S. in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and later his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Yale, where he joined the faculty following his post-graduate medical training. His primary research has focused on depression and suicide prevention and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Buy Samuel's book Purpose. Learn more about Samuel's work here. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
12/21/202334 minutes, 42 seconds
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256. The Formative Power of Attachment (Fewer But Deeper Series: Part 3)

Join me as I explore the transformative power of building deep, meaningful connections in our lives, especially poignant in an age where superficial online interactions are often mistaken for genuine relationships. I reflect on Eric Newton's heartfelt Twitter story about the profound love he shared with his late wife, revealing the timeless truth that at life's end, it's the depth of our relationships that truly matters. This touching narrative serves as a profound reminder of the importance of fostering and nurturing our most significant relationships, and how they shape the legacy of love we leave behind. I also discuss the insights of early psychologists and the groundbreaking work of British psychiatrist John Bowlby, who pioneered the concept of attachment theory. The historical journey from the 18th century to Bowlby's 20th-century research, including the Strange Situation experiment and Harry Harlow's primate studies, illuminates the critical need for emotional connections in our development. This conversation underscores the essential nature of these bonds for our psychological well-being, urging us to prioritize and deepen our connections with those who are important to us. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
12/19/202327 minutes, 55 seconds
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255. Purpose with Samuel Wilkinson (Part 1)

When medical student turned author, Samuel Wilkinson, challenged the common misconception of evolution suggesting a purposeless existence, it sparked a profound conversation that I am thrilled to share with you. This episode takes us through the riveting terrain of evolutionary biology. We delve into the phenomenon of convergent evolution, our conversations meandering down the fascinating lanes of how birds, bats, and butterflies have independently developed the ability to fly and how dolphins and sharks share a streamlined body shape. As we unpack the mysteries around the evolution of the eye, we encounter the intriguing pattern and order that seem to guide these evolutionary processes - an order that's akin to invisible forces directing a compass. We also navigate the intriguing intersection of randomness and order in evolution. Drawing from everyday examples, we question the belief that all is driven by randomness. We reflect on how random mutations can still result in a pattern and the importance of duality in principles. Moreover, we contemplate the implications of this perspective on our lives and relationships. You wouldn't want to miss this thought-provoking exploration, where we invite you to challenge your assumptions, unravel the intricacies of evolution, and perhaps, discover a deeper meaning in your existence. Samuel Wilkinson is Associate Professor of Psychiatry at the Yale School of Medicine, where he also serves as Associate Director of the Yale Depression Research Program. Dr. Wilkinson received his B.S. in mechanical engineering, summa cum laude, from Brigham Young University and later his medical degree from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine. He completed his residency at Yale, where he joined the faculty following his post-graduate medical training. His primary research has focused on depression and suicide prevention and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Drug Abuse, the Brain and Behavior Research Foundation, and the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention. Buy Samuel's book Purpose. Learn more about Samuel's work here. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
12/14/202336 minutes, 50 seconds
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254. Bringing Relationships into Focus (Fewer But Deeper Series: Part 2)

Join me on the journey to enrich your relationships, focusing on quality rather than quantity. In this episode I explore the significance of cultivating deep, meaningful relationships in a world dominated by superficial connections. Drawing on an analogy from the Hubble Space Telescope, I demonstrate how minor adjustments in perspective can bring clarity to our relationships, similar to how small calibrations on the telescope can bring the vastness of space into focus. In our quest for meaningful connections, I examine the contrasting approaches of essentialists and non-essentialists towards relationships. I observe how essentialists prioritize deeper relationships with fewer, but vital, people, while non-essentialists often get overwhelmed by their packed schedules. I introduce the concept of a 'relationship scorecard' to help you assess the quality and depth of your relationships, suggesting that you regularly touch base and make small adjustments to sustain healthy relationships. I conclude this episode with a reminder not to wait until your relationship is on the rocks to seek feedback and make necessary adjustments. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
12/12/202324 minutes, 12 seconds
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253. Clear Thinking with Shane Parrish (Part 2)

In Part 2 of our conversation with Shane Parrish, founder of Farnam Street and author of "Clear Thinking," you'll discover techniques that will help you think clearly and make better decisions. Shane walks us through his inspiring journey, from his initial days working for an intelligence agency to his exploration into the power of clear thinking. He shares captivating insights about his commitment to the dissemination of knowledge and the creation of The Knowledge Project. Shifting gears, we discuss recent developments in the AI world, such as Sam Altman's surprising departure from Open AI and his new role at Microsoft. We ponder over the capricious nature of the tech landscape and the imperative need for adaptability. The conversation leads us to explore the concept of positioning and its impact on various life aspects. Learn more from Shane here. Listen to Shane's podcast The Knowledge Project. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube.
12/7/202333 minutes, 21 seconds
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252. The Paradox of Connectivity (Fewer But Deeper Series: Part 1)

Have you ever stopped to consider the depth of your connections in a world where the number of friends you have on social media platforms seems to have taken precedence? Join me as we navigate the waters of meaningful relationships, stressing the importance of quality over quantity. Our journey takes us through the paradox of loneliness and time spent alone, and how these two aren't necessarily joined at the hip. Ever given thought to the role technology plays in shaping our social lives? It's a double-edged sword, on one hand allowing us to connect with friends and family across the globe, yet on the other, resulting in fewer face-to-face interactions and more superficial connections. The conversation segues into the pitfalls of online echo chambers, the effects of social media on our perception of relationships, and the impact of non-essentialism on our relationships. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
12/5/202329 minutes, 1 second
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251. Clear Thinking with Shane Parrish (Part 1)

Join me for an enriching conversation with Shane Parrish, the brain behind Farnam Street and author of "Clear Thinking". Hear his remarkable story of resilience and continuous learning, inspired by the true crime book "The Stopwatch Gang", and how he challenges us to think deeper, question biases, and embrace the complexities of the world through. We also discuss insights from Shane's former career as an intelligence agency employee, who served the Canadian equivalent of NSA. Experience the intensity and pressure of working in the intelligence world, their sense of patriotism, and the sacrifices that came with their job. His insights on the concept of positioning and its role in building lasting relationships is something not to be missed. Learn more from Shane here. Listen to Shane's podcast The Knowledge Project. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/30/202332 minutes, 43 seconds
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249. Understanding the Trap of Negative Leverage (10X Series: Part 5)

In this episode, I explore the hidden trap of negative leverage and how it silently drains our resources and energy. I promise that you'll walk away from this episode with a deeper understanding of negative leverage and equipped with the tools to eliminate its presence in your life. By taking immediate action and avoiding unnecessary trade-offs, you'll find yourself investing more in what truly matters. After all, making negative leverage visible is the first step towards an improved life.  Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/28/202316 minutes, 39 seconds
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250. Higher Contribution for Large-Scale Change with Dr. Rajiv Shah (Part 2)

Welcome back to part two of my conversation with Dr. Shah. Dr. Shah is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Previously to that he was responsible for USAID, including being on the very front lines of the response to the ebola crisis. Now, you may never have heard of Dr. Shah before. You may not have followed the story especially closely, but you can be absolutely sure that the work that he and others around him did prevented an unbelievably dire situation from happening around the world. As is often the case, we don't always remember the people that prevent problems. That's part of the problem. That's the disincentive, but in this episode, we get to celebrate somebody who did, and whatever our political persuasions happened to be, we can be grateful that people like Dr. Shah have stepped up to contribute in their way so that we can contribute in our way. Learn more from Dr. Shah here: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/big-bets/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/23/202341 minutes, 16 seconds
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248. Higher Contribution for Large-Scale Change with Dr. Rajiv Shah (Part 1)

Have you ever wanted to make a higher contribution, a big impact in the world, but felt perhaps a little hopeless about it all? In today's episode, which is part one of a two-part interview, we're welcoming Dr. Rajiv Shah, who is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation. This is a global institution that has a mission to promote the wellbeing of humanity around the world, but even before that, a rather young looking Dr. Shah was also the USAID administrator where he was responsible for leading and reshaping the 20 billion dollar agency that has operations in 70 countries around the world to develop even stronger results. Dr. Shah is also the author of a new book, Big Bets: How Large-Scale Change Really Happens. By the end of this episode, you will better understand the journey that Rajiv went on in order to be able to make this higher contribution. Learn more from Dr. Shah here: https://www.rockefellerfoundation.org/big-bets/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/16/202336 minutes, 57 seconds
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247. One-Time Decisions (10X Series: Part 4)

Many of us have been told that if we are good at making decisions, we're good at everything, but this is wrong. What we know now is that making the right one-time decisions is the real game changer. In part four of this series on 10X leverage, you will learn why and then how to be able to make one-time decisions that can change your life. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/14/202318 minutes, 38 seconds
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246. Experience Vs. Expertise with Eduardo Briceño (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of my conversation with Eduardo Briceño. Eduardo is among other things, the author of The Performance Paradox. It's all about turning the power of mindset into action. If you've ever heard of or been impacted by the growth mindset from Carol Dweck, then this book from Eduardo is about how you can take those ideas and really implement them. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to lead yourself and others to constantly improve and outperform your targets. Learn more about Eduardo here: https://briceno.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/9/202328 minutes, 33 seconds
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245. The Power of Unique Knowledge (10X Series: Part 3)

Many of us have heard that knowledge is power, but I think that's wrong. What has the most value is unique knowledge. The key is knowing what no one else knows. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to understand not just why, but how to create the unique knowledge that can produce extraordinary residual results for you in your life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/7/202313 minutes, 42 seconds
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244. Experience Vs. Expertise with Eduardo Briceño (Part 1)

Over the years one of the things I have learned is that if we only focus on performing, our performance suffers. That idea is not new to me, but that precise language is from Eduardo Briceño. He's our guest today in part one of a two part interview. Before Eduardo became an author, a TED speaker, a thought leader in his own rights, his life was totally changed, as was mine by the research of Carol Dweck. Carol Dweck is currently a professor at Stanford and formerly of Columbia, who is best known for the Growth Mindset, that idea that intelligence itself is not fixed, that it can grow, that we can become more intelligent after years of helping to take those ideas out into the world, out into organizations. Eduardo is on his own journey and it's a journey that he's inviting us to go on. By the end of today's episode, you will be able to grow your skill level and your output simultaneously and for the long term. Learn more about Eduardo here: https://briceno.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
11/2/202332 minutes, 6 seconds
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243. The Best of What Others Know (10X Series: Part 2)

Have you ever wanted to make a higher contribution in your life to be able to get better results, even 10X results, but at the same time you already feel like you're running out of space, stretched too thin, a little exhausted, or more than a little exhausted? Well, that's what this series is. This is part two in a series about how to use leverage to achieve 10X results without burning out. In the solo episode last week, I introduced this theme and I asked you to be able to pay attention to all the forms of leverage that you see, physical and metaphorical, across all of your life. By the end of today's episode, we'll dig deeply into one form of leverage so that you can use this lever to be able to take modest input but produce residual results that is results that come back to you again and again.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/31/202318 minutes, 5 seconds
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242. Strategic Quotients with Rich Horwath (Part 2)

In this part two of my interview with Rich Horwath, we dig into how Rich spent years providing strategic planning, coaching, advising, running sessions with corporations and executive teams. But as he was providing executive coaching to one of his clients, they said, "Well, listen, my bosses said I need to be more strategic, but what does it mean?" And that was the beginning of a whole new phase of Rich's life and his career as he started to think, well, really, what does it mean and how can we apply some of these tools and frameworks that have become so useful in the enterprise space and the business environment to help people in their lives? By the end of this episode, you'll have a better insight in not only how to be successful in the life of business, but also in the business of life. Learn more about Rich here: https://www.strategyskills.com/about/about-rich-horwath/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/26/202329 minutes, 58 seconds
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241. The Lever You Need to Break Through (10X Series: Part 1)

Have you ever been trapped by reactively doing things that just get results one time today? That just get you through the immediate, urgent needs of your life and don't seem to be able to get you ahead? I know I have, and for a lot of people, they really feel that this is the best that they can do, but we have learned by experience that there's a much, much better way than this: to shift between linear thinking and residual thinking, between linear results and residual results. This is part one of a five part series focused specifically on how you can achieve 10X results, however you want to measure that, but without burning out. This is loosely based on the last five chapters of Effortless, so if you have your copy, you can use that to be able to do further reading, and if you haven't got your copy yet, now is the time to begin. By the end of this episode, you will have learned the first lever that you can use to be able to break through to that next level, but without burning out. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/24/202318 minutes, 17 seconds
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240. Strategic Quotients with Rich Horwath (Part 1)

Have you ever felt an intuitive insight pull you towards a particular direction? Have you ever had an experience that you knew was right even though you didn't yet have evidence to support it? Well, today is part one in a two part series with Rich Horwath. Rich is the founder and CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute where he serves leadership teams as a strategy workshop facilitator, executive coach, and strategic advisor. By the end of this episode, you'll have the tools to figure out what you do well, and what you can stop doing in order to be more effective. Learn more about Rich here: https://www.strategyskills.com/about/about-rich-horwath/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/19/202330 minutes, 35 seconds
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239. The Relentless Elimination of Noise (Part 4)

This is part four in a multi-part series about the relentless elimination of noise. Have you noticed that the noise is increasing everywhere? Have you felt that ridiculous increase of volume, the number of voices telling you what to do, what to worry about, what your life should be, could be, has to be, shouldn't have been? Have you noticed that the more you listen to all of those incessant, loud, persuasive voices out there, the less able you are to listen to the voices of the people closest to you, the people who in fact matter most to you, including listening to the voice within you. By the end of this episode, you'll have a concrete rule and tools for how to increase the volume of that voice within and decrease or eliminate those voices, all that noise, that is without. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/17/202314 minutes, 45 seconds
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238. Understanding Generational Trends in Today's Society with Mauro Guillén (Part 2)

This episode is part two of my conversation with Dr. Mauro Guillén, a Spanish-American sociologist, political economist, and management educator. I know him because he is the former dean of the Cambridge Business School. He's also a fellow at Queens College, so we share that in common too. He has built a series of research helping us look at those great trends, how they'll collide, and how they'll reshape the future of everything so that we can zoom out to get that perspective in order to zoom in and make tradeoffs that allow us to design a life that really matters. Learn more from Mauro here: https://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/professor-mauro-f-guillen Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/12/202328 minutes, 23 seconds
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237. The Relentless Elimination of Noise (Part 3)

This is part three in a multi-part series about the relentless elimination of noise. Have you noticed the change in the level of noise in your life? Do you feel that you might be drowning in it because it's everywhere around you? Is it possible that it has affected, and perhaps quite a serious way, the quality of the most important relationships in your life, both personally and professionally? For years we've been aware and we've been talking about and writing about the impact of these distractions, of this noise on our productivity, but this is not its most important impact. Its most important impact is not to what we get done, but what this has done to our relationships. By the end of this episode, you'll be armed with additional tactics and strategies you can use right now to eliminate the noise so that you can have more meaningful conversations and connections with the people who matter most. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/10/202319 minutes, 1 second
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236. Understanding Generational Trends in Today's Society with Mauro Guillén (Part 1)

What would you do with an extra hour in your day? Would you use it to be even busier or would you use it to create space to think? This isn't a hypothetical question. We are all faced with this scenario now because of the launch of a whole array of AI tools, including Chat GPT, and so this is part one with Mauro Guillén about how to use AI to make a more essentialist, effortless lifestyle. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to choose wisely how to use AI in your life.  Learn more from Mauro here: https://www.queens.cam.ac.uk/professor-mauro-f-guillen Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/5/202328 minutes, 14 seconds
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235. The Relentless Elimination of Noise (Part 2)

When was the last time that you were having a conversation with someone only to look up and find that they weren't listening at all? Instead, they've been pulled into one of their devices. What did you feel in that moment? Was it mildly irritating or did it trigger something deeper, something beyond mere frustration? Many of us think of this moment as being trivial, whether it's happened to us or whether we've done it to somebody else, but this is wrong. What we know now is that the need to be understood, to be seen, to be known is so jugular that even these small errors in communication between people can significantly impact both the quality of those relationships, but also the quality of our own lives. This is part two of a multi-part series about the relentless elimination of noise. By the end of this episode, you will be better able to eliminate the noise in your conversations. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
10/3/202318 minutes, 27 seconds
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234. 10 Years of Creativity, Inc. with Ed Catmull (Part 2)

Have you ever wondered what kind of communication is necessary in order to be able to break through to the next level to have real innovation? What does it take? Well, today's guest is the absolutely perfect person to answer that question. I'm not sure there's anyone who could answer it better who's alive today. This is Ed Catmull. He's the co-founder of Pixar that went on to lead both Pixar and Disney's animation studios in what we could described as the second golden era of animation. You know the names of these movies, Toy Story, A Bug's Life, Monsters, Inc., Finding Nemo, The Incredibles, Cars, Ratatouille, and on and on and on. He not only helped to create new industry, he also created a new standard within animation the world over. By the end of this episode, you will have insights into how to actually have conversations that produce not just efficiency or productivity, but innovation, invention, breakthrough, and creativity. Learn more about Ed here: https://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/ed-catmull Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/28/202333 minutes, 43 seconds
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233. The Relentless Elimination of Noise

Have you ever felt bombarded by the amount of noise there is in the world today? I don't mean literal noise, but all of the digital noise, all of the internal mental noise, all of the noise between people that makes it hard to even understand what somebody else is thinking. Well, this is part one of a multi-part series on the relentless elimination of noise. By the end of this episode, you will have a single practice that you can utilize right now to push back the noise in your life so that you can see more clearly and discern the signal in the sound. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/26/202317 minutes, 13 seconds
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232. 10 Years of Creativity, Inc. with Ed Catmull (Part 1)

In today's episode, I have the absolute honor of having a conversation with Ed Catmull. He's the co-founder of Pixar. All of the hits that you think of when you think of Pixar's Studio and how it also went on to revolutionize Disney's Studio is the work of Ed Catmull and his immediate team. He's marking the 10th anniversary of a book he wrote called Creativity, Inc. which gives you a firsthand account of how people really work together and communicate together in order to produce brilliant creative outcomes. He also worked with Steve Jobs longer than any other person, more than 25 years in all, and saw the transformation of his leadership from a visionary iconoclast into someone capable of transforming not just Pixar, not just Disney, but also Apple. This is part one of a conversation that I've been looking forward to and enjoyed immensely. Learn more about Ed here: https://www.prhspeakers.com/speaker/ed-catmull Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/21/202346 minutes, 15 seconds
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231. The Disciplined Pursuit of Doing Nothing (Replay)

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, The Disciplined Pursuit of Doing Nothing. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/19/202322 minutes, 45 seconds
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230. Entering the World of Another with Nate Walkingshaw (Part 2)

Have you discovered the ultimate superpower in every context for unlocking human potential? That is what we're going to be talking about today in part two of my conversation with Nate Walkingshaw. He's used this superpower to become a passionate inventor and a serial and successful entrepreneur. By the end of today's episode, you are going to feel inspired to really double down on the development of this skill to be able to unlock powers within you and within everyone around you. Learn more about Nate here: https://www.torus.co/our-story Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/14/202331 minutes, 2 seconds
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229. The Most Important Question in Any Language (Replay)

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, The Most Important Question in Any Language. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/12/202318 minutes, 31 seconds
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227. The Vasa – Define Your Done (Replay)

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, The Vasa – Define Your Done. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
9/5/202319 minutes, 56 seconds
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226. The Finitude of Life with Oliver Burkeman (Part 2)

Welcome to part two of my conversation with Oliver Burkeman. He wrote a great, big successful column for The Guardian for years and more recently as attained some notoriety for the book called Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. By the end of today's episode, you will have rewired a certain part of your brain that keeps you caught stressed all the time and have permission to make a different choice. Learn more about Oliver here: https://www.oliverburkeman.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/31/202327 minutes, 36 seconds
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225. The 1-2-3 Method

Do you ever feel that your life is becoming more and more reactive? Even where you get good things done in a day, you still feel like your life is living you rather than you intentionally living your life? Well, in today's episode, I'm going to share with you the 1-2-3 Method. It's simple, it's clear, and it's something that you can utilize today and every day to be able to design a more essential life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/29/202313 minutes, 7 seconds
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224. The Finitude of Life with Oliver Burkeman (Part 1)

Have you ever felt frustrated by the endless pursuit of efficiency? Have you ever felt that there was more to life than the zero inbox? Well, today is part one of a two part interview with Oliver Burkeman, the author of 4,000 Weeks. For many years he wrote a popular column on psychology for The Guardian called This Column Will Change Your Life. His work has appeared in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, Psychologies and New Philosopher. By the end of today's episode, you will have the mindset that Burkeman believes most upends the time management industry of the last 30 or 40 years. Learn more about Oliver here: https://www.oliverburkeman.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/24/202335 minutes, 43 seconds
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223. What Would You Do With an Extra Day Each Week?

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, What Would You Do With an Extra Day Each Week? Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/22/202318 minutes, 36 seconds
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222. From Geek to Genius with Ron Johnson and Jeremy Utley (Part 2)

Today is part two of the conversation with Ron Johnson, formerly the Senior Vice President at Apple. He was the lead designer of the Apple retail stores, as well as the Genius Bar and many other things that we take for granted in the experience that Apple successfully created. If you've ever wanted to see behind the curtain about how the Apple transformation was achieved, not by the caricature of Steve Jobs, but by the person himself, the leader, then this conversation is meaningful, it's interesting, and I think you're going to enjoy it. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/17/202332 minutes, 29 seconds
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221. A Tale of Two Billionaires

Have you ever wondered how America's wealthiest families manage their fortunes across generations? A lot of people think it's all about the initial success, the sheer magnitude of the wealth itself, but that is wrong. What we know now is that there is a single rule that makes the difference between intergenerational wealth and being broke. By the end of this episode, you'll understand the starkly different legacies of the Rockefellers and the Vanderbilts, and that one key to generational wealth. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/15/202318 minutes, 18 seconds
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220. From Geek to Genius with Ron Johnson and Jeremy Utley

Have you ever met someone who made a disproportionate impression upon you? You didn't have conventional conversations with them. Instead, it was something more meaningful, even life-changing? Well, in today's episode, part one of a two-part interview with Ron Johnson, Ron describes specific moments and conversations that he had with Steve Jobs. Ron Johnson was formerly the senior Vice president at Apple. He was responsible for the creation of the retail Apple stores, as well as the Genius Bar. If you've ever been to an Apple store, if you've ever been to the Genius Bar, Ron Johnson has impacted your life. But in this episode, we learn about how Steve Jobs impacted his life. By the end of this episode, you'll have insights into that key relationship, but also insights into how to make conversations memorable and build relationships that matter at work or at home. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/10/202334 minutes, 8 seconds
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219. Curiosity Is a Discipline

Have you ever wondered why some people always seem to have a hunger for knowledge and new experiences? Many people believe that curiosity is just an inborn trait, but the truth is it's a powerful discipline that can be cultivated. In this episode, we'll delve into one of the most extraordinary relationships in Silicon Valley history to inspire us into what is possible through this special characteristic. By the end of this episode, you will be better able to unlock the full potential of your inquisitive nature, and you'll have one actionable tool that you can use immediately after this podcast is over. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/8/202313 minutes, 54 seconds
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218. The Timeless Quest for Success with Hitendra Wadhwa

How do we connect with our inner voice amidst the noise of modern life? What is the relationship between inner peace and outward success? How can we harness the power of technology without becoming its servant? Today’s guest, Hitendra Wadhwa, and I explore these questions and the pursuit of success both inwardly and outwardly. By the end of this episode, you will have gained insights into the timeless quest for success, learned practical tools for your inner voice, and discovered how to turn chaos into clarity and creativity. Join us for this inspiring conversation, and let’s embark on this journey together. Learn more about Hitendra here: https://www.hitendra.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/3/20231 hour, 16 seconds
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217. Design a Personalized Essential Daily Routine With the Help of AI

What if you could design a personalized essentialist daily routine in seconds? This is part three of a multi-part series about how to use AI to make a more essentialist, effortless lifestyle. By the end of this episode, you will be able to make AI your servant rather than your master in setting up your daily routine. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
8/1/202318 minutes, 2 seconds
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216. A Shared Strength of Three Microsoft CEOs with Brad Smith

Have you ever wanted to make sure that technology would be something that you mastered rather than it mastering you? This is part 2 of my discussion with Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft on how to make technology a tool, not a weapon. By the end of today's episode, you'll learn the one single strength Brad observed in all three CEOs of Microsoft during his tenure – the Bill Gates years, the Ballmer years, and now with Satya Nadella. He sees a certain strength in all of them, and it's relevant for your success in every area of your life as well as how to make sure that AI and all these new technologies can work for you, not against you. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/27/202322 minutes, 20 seconds
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215. Say No Effortlessly and Gracefully With the Help of AI

How are you doing at saying no gracefully? If this continues to be a struggle for you as it still is for me, then today's episode can help. By the end of today's episode, you will learn how to use AI tools including ChatGPT to make saying no more effortless and more graceful. This is part two of a multi-part series in how to use AI to make a more essentialist, effortless lifestyle personally and professionally. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
7/25/202316 minutes, 6 seconds
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214. Is AI A Tool or Weapon with Microsoft's Brad Smith

Have you ever wondered whether technology was a blessing or a curse? Have you ever wanted it to be more of a tool than a weapon? In today's conversation, I have invited Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft to the conversation on AI. He is among other things, the author of a book called Tools and Weapons, in which he articulates how technology can be terrific and useful or useless and worse. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to take on a position with AI and also other technologies to make sure that you are the master and not them. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
7/21/202330 minutes
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214. Entering the World of Another with Nate Walkingshaw (Part 1)

Have you ever had an experience where you were able to get out of your head and into the head of another person and discover the richness that is possible, the relationship that follows, and the depth of connection? In today's episode, we have part one of a two-part conversation with Nate Walkingshaw. He's a passionate investor and a serial entrepreneur. He's been tremendously successful with an obsession with solving systemic problems. He began his life as an E M T and while responding to life-threatening emergencies, he recognized the need for a safer, faster patient transport system. And the products he helped to create in that first startup are now used by 70% of the world's hospitals. He went on to become the chief experience officer of Pluralsight and totally transformed the way that that whole organization thinks about people listening, understanding each other, and being able to work together in a deep and connected way. By the end of today's episode, you will have a clearer sense of the rich opportunity you have to be able to enter the world of another. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
7/20/202336 minutes, 5 seconds
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213. Leveraging AI for an Essentialist and Effortless Lifestyle

What would you do with an extra hour in your day? Would you use it to be even busier or would you use it to create space to think? This isn’t a hypothetical question. We are all faced with this scenario now cause of the launch of a whole array of AI tools, including ChatGPT. This is part one of a multi-part series of solo episodes and interviews about how to use AI to make a more essentialist, effortless lifestyle. By the end of this episode, you’ll be able to choose wisely how to use AI in your life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
7/18/202313 minutes, 36 seconds
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212. Transitions with Anna McKeown (Part 2)

This is part two of my conversation with Anna McKeown talking about transitions and how we can transition more gracefully. By the end of this episode, you will be able to more gracefully handle the transitions of your life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
7/13/202319 minutes, 28 seconds
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211. Essentialism and Transitions

How does essentialism help us with life's big transitions? By the end of today's episode, you will have one clear essentialist strategy that you can use before, during, and after the great transitions, whether they're expected or unexpected. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
7/11/202319 minutes, 21 seconds
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210. Transitions with Anna McKeown (Part 1)

Have you ever struggled with a major transition in your life? Could be moving house, a new job, a death in the family, serious illness, the loss of a job, unexpectedly moving to a new state or country, a relationship shift that you weren't expecting, or many, many other small but still disruptive transitions. Well, today in part one of a two-part interview, I've invited the wisest person I know, Anna McKeown, to come to the podcast to discuss the journey she has been on over the last 25 years as she has transitioned in her approach to transitions from, on the one hand, struggling with transitions to becoming quite masterful in how to handle them. By the end of this episode, you will better understand what makes transitions challenging and what you can do about it immediately to cope better with them.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
7/6/202323 minutes, 33 seconds
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209. It's Not Too Late (Replay)

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, It's Not Too Late. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
7/4/202319 minutes, 57 seconds
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208. Perspective, Happiness & Social Friction with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee (Replay)

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, Perspective, Happiness & Social Friction with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. Thanks for listening. Learn more about Dr. Chatterjee here: https://drchatterjee.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/29/202357 minutes, 36 seconds
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207. The Bottleneck to Everything You Want (Replay)

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, The Bottleneck to Everything You Want. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/27/202322 minutes, 59 seconds
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206. The Jobs-to-be-Done Theory with Tony Ulwick (Part 2)

Today we are back with part two of my conversation with Tony Ulwick. By the end of today's episode, you will better be able to identify the real job to be done with the people you interact with. That will increase your influence tenfold, while significantly reducing the times that you put effort into creating a new product, or a new service for somebody else that ultimately isn't even valued. Learn more from Tony here: https://strategyn.com/tony-ulwick/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/22/202323 minutes, 26 seconds
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205. 10X Your Results with Less Effort (Replay)

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, 10X Your Results with Less Effort. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/20/202320 minutes, 28 seconds
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204. The Jobs-to-be-Done Theory with Tony Ulwick

Have you ever wondered why there are so many massive flops in business? How many products and services are launched and then almost immediately forgotten? How can companies spend millions and sometimes billions of dollars to produce something that customers ultimately say is not for them? Today I've invited Tony Ulwick, one of the fathers of the Jobs-to-be-Done theory, to help us understand this phenomenon. This is part one of a two part interview, so tune in for part two next week! Learn more from Tony here: https://strategyn.com/tony-ulwick/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/15/202323 minutes, 56 seconds
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203. Being Understood Is Not the Same As Feeling Understood

It has long been thought that understanding others is the key to great relationships, but this may be false. What we know now is that helping people feel understood is the key to connection. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to better distinguish the difference and therefore shift from understanding others to helping other people feel understood, and that makes all the difference. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/13/202311 minutes, 35 seconds
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202. Making Communication Memorable with Matt Abrahams

Today I've invited Matt Abraham's to the show. Matt is a lecturer at Stanford, he specializes in the essentials of strategic communication, and is the host of the Think Fast Talk Smart podcast. I reached out to Matt to issue a friendly challenge, by way of an invitation, to think fast and talk smart on this podcast. By the end of this episode, you will be able to make your communication more memorable. Learn more from Matt here: https://nofreakingspeaking.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/8/202330 minutes, 42 seconds
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201. From Problem Solving to Problem Finding (Part 4)

Have you ever felt frustrated by the gap between what you feel is essential and your ability to actually execute it? Have you perhaps had that desire for a long time? Maybe it's years now, but still your life is busier and less fulfilling than you wish it was. Today I'm going to share with you a story that I think can really help you if you are struggling with this, and also a mindset and some actionable advice. By the end of today's episode, you'll be able to evaluate all of the things you've hired in your life and decide whether to fire them or not based upon whether they're actually helping you design a life that really matters. This is part 4 of a 4-part series. Click here to listen to Parts 1-3
6/6/202314 minutes, 25 seconds
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200. From Problem Solving to Problem Finding (Part 3)

This is part three of a four part solo series on solving the right problem in the life of business and in the business of life. It matters because nothing is more irrelevant or even dangerous as solving the wrong problem. In today's episode, I'm going to go deeper in how to implement the Jobs to Be Done framework. By the end of today's episode, you will have a simple process that you can follow, care of Tony Ulwick, for how to turn innovation from an art to a science. This is part 3 of a 4-part series. Click here to listen to Part 1 of 4 Click here to listen to Part 2 of 4
6/1/202311 minutes, 4 seconds
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199. Finding King Richard III with Philippa Langley (Part 2)

Today we have part two of my conversation with Philippa Langley. Philippa describes herself as an ordinary person, and maybe she is, but she has achieved an extraordinary mission. She found, against all possible odds, where King Richard III was buried. Nobody else believed her. Nobody in the academies took her seriously, but she had a conviction, a sense, an intuition that she knew where he would be and that's why she kept focusing on it again, and again, and again for eight years. Her story has been written in a book called The Lost King, and now a movie by the same name. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to use intuition in being able to find and solve the right problem in your life.  Learn more from Philippa here: https://www.philippalangley.co.uk/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/25/202319 minutes, 16 seconds
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198. From Problem Solving to Problem Finding (Part 2)

Have you ever worked to launch a product or a service only to see it go flat in the market? Have you ever developed an initiative internally at work only to see the launch fall completely flat? Have you ever put time and energy, and resources into a relationship only to see it go south? Today I will share a powerful failure story, something counterintuitive I have learned, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will have a six-word question that you can use at work and at home to make sure that you are solving the right problem. This is part 2 of a 4-part series. Click here to listen to Part 1 of 4
5/24/202318 minutes, 17 seconds
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197. Finding King Richard III with Philippa Langley (Part 1)

Have you ever felt an intuitive insight pull you towards a particular direction? Have you ever had an experience that you knew was right even though you didn't yet have evidence to support it? Well, today is part one in a two-part series with Philippa Langley. You might not know that name, but perhaps you've heard of a movie that came out recently. It's called The Lost King. It's a dramatic representation of a true story about how Philippa felt an extraordinary desire to discover where King Richard III was buried. The journey is fascinating. Learn more from Philippa here: https://www.philippalangley.co.uk/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/18/202336 minutes, 19 seconds
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196. From Problem Solving to Problem Finding (Part 1)

Have you ever been so busy addressing peripheral issues but have that sinking feeling that the real core of the issue is not being addressed? This is part one of a four-part solo series on that subject, and upcoming guest episodes will also be providing more insight on the same subject. By the end of today's episode, you will understand that the seminal research was produced on the distinctive difference between problem finding and problem solving, and you'll begin your journey of improving skill in this essential area. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/16/202322 minutes, 42 seconds
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195. The Shape of Life with Bruce Feiler (Part 2)

Today is part two of my interview with Bruce Feiler. Bruce is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestselling books. He's a deep thinker and he's interviewed thousands of people to try to understand what really leads to a higher contribution. His research shows that thinking of work as a single linear career where your job is to go higher and higher is not the way to maximize contribution. By the end of this episode, among other things, you will have what Bruce feels is the single most powerful question he has ever discovered for helping people – to find what their real essential mission and calling in life is. Learn more about Bruce here: https://www.brucefeiler.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/11/202342 minutes, 26 seconds
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194. Trust (Effortless Work Series)

Have you ever felt working with people in the workplace is harder than it needs to be? It's long been thought that it's faster and easier to just do things yourself, but this can be such a false economy. What we know now is that the right person makes everything faster, easier, and better than if you try to do it yourself. By the end of this, part four in the series of four parts about how to make work life more effortless, you will be able to select people who make getting the right things done faster and comparatively more effortless. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/9/202313 minutes, 45 seconds
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193. The Shape of Life with Bruce Feiler (Part 1)

Have you ever felt that your life could be more than a simple career? Today I've invited Bruce Feiler to be here. He's the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, and by the end of this episode, you'll be able to escape the suffocating idea that all there is to a career is to go higher and higher on a single linear ladder of success. This is not the way to your highest contribution and Feiler will explain how. Learn more about Bruce here: https://www.brucefeiler.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/4/202338 minutes, 59 seconds
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192. Increase Productivity in the Workplace (Effortless Work Series)

Have you ever wished that you could accomplish more by doing less at work? This is part three of a four part series on how to apply Effortless thinking to the sometimes exhausting world of work. By the end of this episode, you will be able to trade off some of the exhausting meetings and replace them with high yield low maintenance delegation. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/2/202313 minutes, 25 seconds
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191. Navigating Life's Biggest Decisions with Abby Davisson (Part 2)

Are you facing a really big decision in your life right now? Or is someone you know facing an important crossroads? How do you process that? How do you make the best possible decision? Well, this is part two of my conversation with Abby Davisson. She's the author, along with Myra Strober, of a book called Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisions. It's based on the popular Stanford University course called Work and Family. In this episode, you will learn how to use the 5Cs method to be able to communicate and check in with the people who matter most, so that you can talk about the decisions that matter most. Learn more from Abby here: abbydavisson.com Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
4/27/202331 minutes, 35 seconds
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190. Make Email Effortless (Effortless Work Series)

Welcome part two of a four part series on how to apply Effortless thinking to the world of work. Have you ever felt that email was harder than it needs to be? By the end of this episode, you will have practical suggestions you can immediately apply to take one of the most frustrating and exhausting elements of modern work life and make it easier. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
4/25/202321 minutes, 17 seconds
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189. Navigating Life's Biggest Decisions with Abby Davisson (Part 1)

Have you ever had a decision of consequence to make in your life? Something that really made a difference if you go left versus going right? Should I marry this person? Should I take this job? Should I move to this place? Today I have invited Abby Davisson here. She's the co-author of Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisions. By the end of today's episode, you will understand the 5Cs method. It's a step by step way of thinking about the decisions that really matter. Learn more from Abby here: abbydavisson.com Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
4/20/202336 minutes, 11 seconds
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188. Make Meetings Effortless (Effortless Work Series)

Do you dread attending meetings because they seem like a waste of time and energy? Are you tired of spending your days in back-to-back meetings with little time left to focus on your actual work? If so, this episode is for you. Meetings can be a drain on our time and energy, but they don't have to be. In this episode, the first of a series of four episodes about how to apply effortless thinking to our work lives, I'll begin with something that is anything but effortless – Meetings. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
4/18/202320 minutes, 36 seconds
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187. Reframing Your Problems with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg (Part 2)

We're back here for part two of my interview with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg. He spent years studying the problem of problems and particularly the skill of reframing problems in order to make sure that before we rush into solutions, we are actually addressing the best possible problem. By the end of this episode, you will have practical tools to utilize immediately to be able to improve your skill in this area. Learn more from Thomas here: https://wedellsblog.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
4/13/202323 minutes, 19 seconds
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186. Cambridge Series – Friends

Welcome to episode four of four about my adventures at the University of Cambridge. How important are friendships in your life? At the end of this episode, you'll be able to cultivate deeper connections with your friends by creating a safe space for open heart conversation. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
4/11/202317 minutes, 5 seconds
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185. Reframing Your Problems with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg (Part 1)

How much time, money, and energy do you waste solving the wrong problems? That's a question posed by my guest today. This is part one of a two-part interview with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg. I became aware of his work after reading an article that he wrote in Harvard Business Review. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to reframe problems in order to reveal unexpected solutions. Learn more from Thomas here: https://wedellsblog.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
4/6/202324 minutes, 44 seconds
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184. Cambridge Series – Cycling

In my book Effortless, I asked an important question. What could happen in your life if the easy but pointless things became harder and the essential things became easier? This is episode three of four about my adventures at the University of Cambridge. At the end of this episode, you'll be able to replace one bad habit with a good one by making the bad one harder and the good one easier. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
4/4/202312 minutes, 12 seconds
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183. Utilizing Neurodiversity with Sir Simon Baron-Cohen (Part 2)

Today is part two with Professor Simon Baron-Cohen. In this episode, we go deeper into the challenges, but also the opportunities of being neurodiverse. Have you have ever struggled with traditional schooling? Have you ever felt that your mind works differently compared to the people around you? If you work with people who would fit that description or live with people who seem to be somehow on the spectrum, this episode can be exceptionally valuable. By the end of this episode, you will discover how these differences, even though they may have kept you back until this point, can be the exact key you need to become unstoppable. Autism Spectrum Quotient: https://www.autismresearchcentre.com/tests/autism-spectrum-quotient-aq-adult/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
3/30/202331 minutes, 11 seconds
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182. Cambridge Series – Newton

Have you ever felt like you were too busy living to think about life? By the end of this episode, you will be able to create space for continually deep and uninterrupted concentration. This is number two of four solo episodes about my experience at the University of Cambridge. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
3/28/202314 minutes, 48 seconds
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181. Utilizing Neurodiversity with Sir Simon Baron-Cohen (Part 1)

Have you ever felt that you were neurodiverse in some way? Did you ever struggle with the traditional school system? Did you or someone you know take away from school the worst of all possible learnings, that you or they were unintelligent? Well, today I have invited Professor Simon Barron-Cohen, the author of The Pattern Seekers: How Autism Drives Human Invention, to be on the show. This is part one of two interviews in which Simon takes from his 40 years of research at the University of Cambridge in order to help people who are neurodiverse, particularly people on the autistic spectrum, to be able to operate at their very best, and for the rest of us to be able to figure out how to work with them so that we can draw the best from them. By the end of this interview, you will better understand how to utilize your neurodiversity and the people that you live and work with. Learn more about Sir Barron-Cohen here: https://www.autismresearchcentre.com/staff/simon-baron-cohen/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
3/23/202334 minutes, 38 seconds
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180. Cambridge Series – King's College Chapel

I've become aware recently that I haven't really shared very much with you about my experience and adventure here at the University of Cambridge, and for the next four solo episodes I'm going to try and put that right. Have you ever found yourself in a place that made it easier for you to detect your mission in life? By the end of this episode, you will feel inspired, I hope, to seek out places that increase the probability of you detecting, understanding and hearing that mission that is so often hidden below the surface. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
3/21/202313 minutes, 11 seconds
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179. Experiential Intelligence with Soren Kaplan

Have you ever felt you had more life experience and talent than your job requires or even allows you to use? Today I've invited Soren Kaplan to the show to talk about how you can better tap into that experience yourself, and also in the people around you. I've long believed that what we know about other people is less valuable than what we don't know. That there's an enormous amount of potential under the surface. What's not on someone's resume, what's not in their current job title, and our ability to mine that experience in ourselves and in other people is, Kaplan believes, a predictor of our success. First we had IQ, then we had emotional intelligence, or EQ. This is XQ, Experiential Intelligence. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about Soren here: https://www.sorenkaplan.com/bio/
3/16/202339 minutes, 22 seconds
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178. Leadership Essentials

How are you doing at applying essentialism to your leadership responsibilities? By the end of this episode, you will have specific things you can do right now to be more attentive, more efficient, and more essentialist in your leadership. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
3/14/202317 minutes, 19 seconds
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177. Psychological Safety in Today's Workplace with Dr. Amy Edmondson (Part 2)

What is happening to the psychological safety of people at work? Is it going up? Is it going down? What is the primary threat to it today, and is it the same as what we had 20 years ago? Well, to discuss this and other questions I've invited back Dr. Amy Edmondson. She's a celebrated Harvard professor, one of the best listeners that I have ever interviewed. She's present, she's real, and by the end of this episode, you are going to be more empowered to be able to create psychological safety in a world that sometimes seems to be attacking it. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
3/9/202333 minutes, 26 seconds
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176. Eliminate the Nonessentials (Replay)

Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Greg is in Monk Mode this week. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, Eliminate the Nonessentials. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
3/7/202321 minutes, 32 seconds
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175. Psychological Safety in Today's Workplace with Dr. Amy Edmondson (Part 1)

Do you feel psychologically safer at work now than you did several years ago? It's an interesting question, and today I've invited perhaps the preeminent expert in the world on the subject of psychological safety to discuss that and other things with us. This is Dr. Amy Edmondson, a professor at Harvard, and the person most responsible for making the term psychological safety ubiquitous in the world after she published a paper more than 20 years ago focused on this subject. I knew it was going to be a good conversation because Amy is as capable as they come, and the subject is so timely. But even with that, the conversation went further and deeper, more real, more raw than I expected it would. By the end of this episode, you will have new insight as to what psychological safety actually is and what it isn't, and where the threats are coming from to that psychological safety in today's workplace. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
3/2/202336 minutes, 11 seconds
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174. Transforming Mental Clutter into Clarity

Have you ever felt that your ability to pay attention was in free fall? If you have, you are not alone. By the end of today's episode, you will have a better understanding of why this is happening and one specific tool that you can use to do something about it over the next two weeks. I'm going to share an insightful story from a book I've been reading, 'Stolen Focus' by Johann Hari, and also some actionable advice, which I'll invite you to participate in alongside me. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
2/28/202321 minutes, 1 second
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173. Protecting Your Peak Attention Windows with Dr. Gloria Mark (Part 2)

Do you ever feel like there's something in the modern world that fries your brain, that leaves you in red brain, where you're just so pulled in a million directions all the time that it's hard to actually give attention to what's essential? Well, in part two of my conversation with Dr. Gloria Mark, we get into some specific questions you can ask yourself to be able to assess how you are doing and what you can do to increase, and then protect, your peak attention hours. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
2/23/202331 minutes, 51 seconds
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172. The Most Important Question in Any Language

Have you ever had an ongoing disagreement with somebody that was perplexing for you? Today I will share a simple story about misunderstanding, something counterintuitive I have learned from it and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to use the most important question in any conversation, especially where misunderstanding is taking place. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
2/22/202317 minutes, 1 second
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171. Protecting Your Peak Attention Windows with Dr. Gloria Mark (Part 1)

Everyone is distracted by technology, and all of us have experienced this sense that our level of distraction is increasing. Even the speed with which we move from website to website, from app to app seems to be increasing in pace. And there's lots of people out there willing to talk about what we should do and how we can improve. But very few of those people have the data to help us think through this problem and what to do about it with precision. That's why I've invited Dr. Gloria Mark onto the podcast today. Dr. Mark has spent 30 years studying attention and the relationship between humans and technology. She's published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers, so the difference when she speaks, even when she says things that sound like you've heard them before, is that she has a detail and a data-driven perspective behind what is being said. In other words, she's more credible, she's more accurate, and it really is a pleasure to have her. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to establish and protect your peak attention windows of opportunity. Learn more from Dr. Mark here: https://gloriamark.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
2/16/202330 minutes, 56 seconds
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170. Reduce Your Stress in Two Minutes a Day

Have you ever had so much stress and anxiety that you could barely sleep at night? Today I will share a powerful story, something counterintuitive I've learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will have five research-based tools for reducing stress in two minutes a day or under. Referenced article: Genomic Counter-Stress Changes Induced by the Relaxation Response Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
2/14/202322 minutes, 41 seconds
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169. How to Fall in Love with the Solution, Not the Problem with Uri Levine (Part 2)

Many entrepreneurs fall in love with their products, services, and ideas, but according to my guest today, this is wrong. What Uri Levine argues is that you have to fall in love with the problem, not the solution. Uri Levine is a passionate entrepreneur. Unicorns, companies that reach evaluation of more than a billion dollars, are rare, but URI has built two. He's the co-founder of Waze, which is the world's largest community-based driving, traffic and navigation app with more than 700 million users to date in which Google acquired for more than a billion dollars. In part two of our conversation today, he reveals the formula that drove these companies to compete with industry veterans and giants alike. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to be more relevant and valuable to your customers than your very best competitors. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
2/9/202331 minutes, 51 seconds
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168. Designing a Day that Really Matters

What's the most important thing you need to do today? Today I will share a powerful story or two, something counterintuitive I've learned and some highly actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to get clear on the most important thing you need to do today, every day.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
2/7/202319 minutes, 45 seconds
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167. How to Fall in Love with the Problem, Not the Solution with Uri Levine (Part 1)

Many entrepreneurs fall in love with their products, services, their ideas, but according to my guest today, this is wrong. What Uri Levine argues is that you have to fall in love with the problem, not the solution. Uri is a passionate entrepreneur. Unicorns, which are companies that reach valuation of more than a billion dollars, are rare, but Uri has built two. He is the co-founder of Waze, the world's largest community-based driving traffic navigation app with more than 700 million users to date in which Google acquired for more than a billion dollars. In our conversation today and next week, he reveals the formula that drove these companies to compete with industry veterans and giants alike. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to be more relevant and valuable to your customers than your competitors. Learn more about Uri here: https://urilevine.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
2/2/202332 minutes, 46 seconds
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166. The Disproportionate Power of Language

Have you ever needed to change the results in a situation where there were lots of things you could not change? It has long been thought that to completely transform morale and performance, you have to have the power to change everything, but this is wrong. What we know now is that there is a smaller, much more doable way to achieve results. Today I will share an inspirational story, some counterintuitive research and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to use language in a way that significantly changes morale and performance. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/31/202321 minutes, 8 seconds
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165. Turning Chaos Into Clarity with Alison Jones

Have you ever felt like there were just too many tabs open in your mind? Today, I've invited Alison Jones, the author of Exploratory Writing: Everyday Magic for Life and Work. By the end of this episode, you will have the simplest of tools that can produce extraordinary results. You'll discover an idea so simple, you'll get it immediately, and yet you've probably never done it before in your life. It will help you to be able to turn the chaos in your mind into clarity and even creativity. Learn more from Alison here: https://alisonjones.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/26/202340 minutes, 19 seconds
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164. The Human Desire to Be Heard

Do you crave being heard, to feel someone else really hears you, notices you, sees you, and that what you said matters to them? Today I will share with you an intriguing story, something counterintuitive I'm just on the edge of learning and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will understand one key reason that humans desire so much to be heard.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/24/202321 minutes, 4 seconds
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163. Identifying Your Circle of Competence with Kyle Westaway (Part 2)

What would your business or your life look like if you designed it from scratch using essentialist and effortless principles to guide you? It's long been thought that some industries like private equity, medicine and law just take 80 hour weeks to be successful, but this is false. What we know now is that the way these industries are designed to produce this kind of burnout culture. Today is part two of my conversation with Kyle Westaway, who has designed a law firm from scratch using these principles. By the end of this episode, you will be able to say no with greater competence and confidence so that you can design a life and business where it's more effortless to achieve what matters most. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/19/202327 minutes, 23 seconds
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162. The Quiet Person with the Answer

Have you ever been to a meeting where a few loud people dominated the meeting, but the quiet people with the answer didn't even get heard? It's long been thought that if you put the right people in the room, then you'll get the right answer, but this is as false as it can be. What we know now is that you need to lead the right process to be able to get the right ideas to come to the surface. Today, I'm going to share a story or two, some counterintuitive research that I've been reading and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to get the right answer to the right problem more often in your meetings. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/17/202321 minutes, 42 seconds
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161. Identifying Your Circle of Competencies with Kyle Westaway (Part 1)

Have you ever felt that a monotonous life cannot possibly be an essential life? Have you ever found at the same time that sometimes in what appears to be a monotonous experience, you find something deeply meaningful? Today I have a fascinating conversation with Kyle Westaway. He's an entrepreneur and a lawyer who works with entrepreneurs, and today we discuss how he used essentialism and effortless principles to upend and create a completely new law office, something I've never seen anyone else do, and certainly not as smoothly, as clearly, and really as brilliantly. Learn more from Kyle here: https://westaway.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/12/202330 minutes, 2 seconds
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160. It's Not Too Late

Have you ever had a wake up call where you just suddenly realize you have missed what really mattered? Most of us have learned that we are supposed to live with no regrets, but this, I think, is wrong. What we know now is that regrets can produce the precise data we need to construct a meaningful, rich and essential life. Today, I will share a powerful story, something counterintuitive I've been learning and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to use regret to design your most essential life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/10/202323 minutes, 57 seconds
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159. Humans Weren't Designed For This

Have you ever set a New Year's resolution to get healthier? It's an annual tradition to sign up for gym memberships and then never to use them. It's so established that the entire gym business model is based upon people not actually using the service. After all, it's long been thought that to significantly improve your mental and physical health takes expensive gym memberships, newfangled equipment at home, workout trainers and more. But what if all of this is false? What we know now is that there is a much simpler and easier alternative. Today, I have invited Anna McKeown back to the show to talk about this. Anna has this uncanny ability to cut through the noise to get to what's really essential. She does it in conversations in our marriage all the time, and she's doing it right now with her new essential intent for the year. As you'll see, by the end of this episode, you will be able to establish the simplest lifelong habit necessary for avoiding cognitive decline and improving physical health. References: https://www.consumerreports.org/exercise-fitness/benefits-of-walking Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/5/202330 minutes, 14 seconds
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158. One Decision That Makes 1000

It has long been thought that at the beginning of the new year, you should make a long list of everything that you want to achieve, but that, I believe, is false. What we know now is that what's more important is to have a clear single intent. Instead of simply making an aspiration to do more than you've ever done before, you should focus to do less but better. Have you ever fallen into the trap of making too many New Year's resolutions? Today, I will share a story, something counterintuitive that I am learning and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to set your essential intent for this year. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
1/3/202323 minutes, 36 seconds
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157. See Through People's Masks

Have you ever noticed that what people say is not the same as what they mean? Today I will share an inspiring story I read this week, something counterintuitive I've Learned, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to better see behind people's masks to get to what's really happening. Resources mentioned: The Laws of Human Nature by Robert Greene Effortless Essentialism Learn more about Greg, his books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
12/20/202225 minutes, 50 seconds
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156. The Man Who Couldn't Show Weakness

Have you ever met a person who just wouldn't show weakness? Today, I will share an intriguing story, something counterintuitive I've learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to see how perfectionism is making it harder for you to make progress on what's essential. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
12/13/202219 minutes, 13 seconds
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155. Confronting Conflict with Amy Gallo

Have you ever suppressed your feelings or honest views at work because you wanted to avoid trouble? Have you ever avoided speaking up with someone at work and instead unloaded onto someone else about it? What if you could find the words to have the conversation you are avoiding? Today I have invited Amy Gallo to the show to help us. Amy is the author of the HBR Guide to Dealing With Conflict and also more recently Getting Along: How to Work with Anyone (Even Difficult People). She's also the co-host of a successful podcast and a contributing editor at Harvard Business Review where she writes about workplace dynamics. By the end of this episode, you will be able to deal with conflict at work or at home in a way that is both professional and productive, where it improves both your work and your relationships. Learn more from Amy here: http://www.amyegallo.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
12/8/202249 minutes, 32 seconds
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154. The 85% Rule

Have you ever wondered why we can't fix burnout culture with a wellness app? What if doing less was actually more effective than giving it 100%? Today I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive I've learned and provide some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to accomplish more by putting in less effort. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
12/6/202224 minutes, 17 seconds
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153. What Great Listeners Actually Do with Jack Zenger (Part 2)

Have you ever met a person who had a deeply profound effect upon you? And what was the relationship between that impact and the degree to which they listened and understood you personally and uniquely? Today I have Jack Zenger back for the second part of this interview about what great leaders actually do. They don't do what most people think listening is. They do something very different to that, and that makes all the difference. By the end of this episode, you will understand the difference between what average listeners do and what great listeners do, and how that can be life changing. Discover more from Jack here: https://zengerfolkman.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
12/1/202231 minutes
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152. What Great Listeners Actually Do with Jack Zenger (Part 1)

Today I have invited Jack Zenger to the show. Jack has spent, if you can believe it, five decades and then some working as an entrepreneur and also an academician. He's the CEO and co-founder of Zenger Folkman. He was a faculty member at USC and later taught at Stanford's Graduate School of Business, but beyond all of this, what Jack Zenger is really all about is relevant data. So that instead of just saying, "Well, this is what I think about the world," he actually has captured the data to distinguish between what we think and what is real. Discover more from Jack here: https://zengerfolkman.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/29/202231 minutes, 52 seconds
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151. How To Be Okay When You're Not Okay

What if gratitude isn't what you've always thought it was? Today, I will share a personal story, something counterintuitive I have learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to turn a negative into a positive, and a person who can do that can never be defeated. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/24/202223 minutes, 7 seconds
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150. The #1 Way To Remove Resistance In Your Day

Have you ever faced resistance from someone at work or at home to something that really mattered to you? How did you handle it? What was the result? Today, I will share a recent story in my life, something counterintuitive I've been learning, and some actionable advice, and by the end of this episode, you will learn the number one way to remove resistance in your day. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/22/202227 minutes, 39 seconds
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149. Agreeing vs. Understanding with Matthew McConaughey (Part 2)

In part two of our conversation with guest Matthew McConaughey, we discuss ways in which a higher level of thinking can not only change our lives, but leave a lasting impact for generations to come. His new book, Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey, is available now at https://greenlights.com. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/17/202248 minutes, 1 second
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148, Agreeing vs. Understanding with Matthew McConaughey (Part 1)

In this episode, our guest Matthew McConaughey gives us insight into ways in which understanding how we operate on a relational level can give us a new outlook on how we live our lives. His new book, Greenlights: Your Journal, Your Journey, is available now at https://greenlights.com. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/15/202250 minutes, 6 seconds
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147. The Changemaker Mindset with Alex Budak (Part 2)

In the second part of our conversation with guest Alex Budak, we discuss more essential practices from his new book, Becoming a Changemaker, and how a healthier understanding of rejection can change your life dramatically. Alex is a social entrepreneur, UC Berkeley Haas faculty member, speaker, and helping people make a positive impact in their lives, career, and communities has become his life's work. Learn more from Alex here - https://www.alexbudak.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/10/202225 minutes, 29 seconds
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146. Bad Is Stronger Than Good

Have you ever been involved in a conversation where you or the other person's resistance started to go up? Today I will share an interesting story, something counterintuitive I've learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to turn resistance from other people into open collaboration. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/8/202220 minutes, 58 seconds
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145. The Changemaker Mindset with Alex Budak (Part 1)

In this episode, our guest Alex Budak gives us insight into a few essential practices from his new book, Becoming a Changemaker. Alex is a social entrepreneur, UC Berkeley Haas faculty member, speaker, and helping people make a positive impact in their lives, career, and communities has become his life's work. Learn more from Alex here - https://www.alexbudak.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/3/202227 minutes, 48 seconds
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144. One Habit to Change Every Aspect of Your Life

What is your habitual orientation towards other people? When you encounter people, customers, employees, your spouse, children, an unhelpful person in customer service, what is your inclination? Is it to be heard by them? Is it to get by them? Is it to handle them as efficiently as possible so that you can get on with more important things, or is your first inclination to understand them? By the end of this episode, you'll be able to use one habit to change every aspect of your day, perhaps even your life. Ryan Reynolds says learning conflict resolution changed his life and how he approaches business – by Sarah Jackson: https://www.businessinsider.com/ryan-reynolds-says-conflict-resolution-changed-his-life-business-approach-2022-10?r=US&IR=T%5C Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
11/1/202226 minutes, 11 seconds
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143. True North Leadership with Bill George (Part 2)

Have you ever pursued or even achieved something only to feel unsatisfied? That you've given your energy, your effort to winning a game, but having won it, have questioned the whole experience? Today we will continue with part two of the interview with Bill George. Bill is the former CEO and chairman of Medtronic. He's the Henry B. Arthur Fellow of Ethics at Harvard Business School. He's a businessman, he's an academic, he's a coach. He's the author of a new book, True North Emerging Leader, and by the end of this episode, you will be able to prevent yourself from winning the wrong game. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
10/27/202236 minutes, 53 seconds
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142. The Only Business Metric That Matters with Jeremy Utley

What is one problem you are dealing with in your business right now? What is one problem you are dealing with in your life right now? Well, whatever problems you are facing, this conversation with Jeremy Utley is the answer, because as he says in his new book, Ideaflow, "Every problem is an idea's problem." Today I've invited my friend Jeremy to talk about his research, his insights, developed over many years at the D School, the design school at Stanford University. He and I co-created a class designing life, essentially, and now I'm thrilled to be able to explore these new insights that he's put together to your benefit. By the end of this episode, you will have, in effect, the solution to every problem. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
10/25/202249 minutes, 17 seconds
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141. True North Leadership with Bill George (Part 1)

Have you ever felt unsafe to share what you really think? Have you ever felt disoriented, lost, or muddled as a result of that? For some people, founders, professionals, executives, entrepreneurs, this problem grows as we advance in our careers. As our responsibilities increase, the number of people we can speak to openly decrease. What would happen if you could hard wire a solution to this problem into your routine? Today, I've invited Bill George to the show to coach us to this better solution. Bill is a businessman and an academic. He's the professor of management practice at the Harvard Business School. He previously served as chairman and also as CEO at Medtronic. He's the author of a new book, True North, but as you'll hear, we took a deep dive into a practice Bill has had in place for 50 years. By the end of this episode, you will have a specific solution that Bill has used for 50 years in order to create space to be heard, to be understood as you move up the ladder of success. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
10/20/202233 minutes, 27 seconds
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140. One Phrase For Achieving Psychological Safety

Have you ever felt stuck in an unproductive relationship or been on a team that just did not perform to the level of the individuals within the team? Today, I will share an inspiring story, some counterintuitive research that I've been learning from and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to increase your own psychological safety while increasing the psychological safety of others so that you can make meaningful progress on meaningful work. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
10/18/202222 minutes, 19 seconds
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139. Anti-Time Management with Richie Norton (Part 2)

In Part 1 of my conversation with Richie Norton, we discussed his countercultural but transformational approach to time management, program stacking and how they can help you generate huge results. In today's episode, Richie and I are picking up where we left off to talk about the importance of changing how you are paid. Listen in for the stories and actionable advice that will help you revolutionize your time and your day-to-day life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
10/13/202250 minutes, 37 seconds
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138. The DNA of Human Motivation

Today, I will share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive I have learned and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to tap into the primary source of human motivation, the DNA, so to speak, of the people you work with and live with. Let's begin.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
10/11/202218 minutes, 8 seconds
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137. Anti-Time Management with Richie Norton (Part 1)

Productivity and efficiency are frequently found at the altars of the working world, but are we sacrificing too much for them? In this episode, I'm joined by Richie Norton, author of Anti-Time Management, an unconventional but genius approach to reclaiming your time while revolutionizing your results. By the end of this episode, you will understand how to make the most of your days so that your days don't get the most out of you. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
10/6/202253 minutes, 10 seconds
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136. What If You Could Be 1% More Intelligent Everyday?

Have you ever felt that there are some subjects that you just can't master? Have you ever imagined what would be possible if you could get more intelligent? What would happen if you got 1% more intelligent every single day? By the end of this episode, you will be able to increase your intelligence, figure things out faster, absorb knowledge more quickly, and even learn what you once struggled with. Let's begin Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
10/4/202230 minutes, 11 seconds
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135. How To Live Life In Crescendo with Cynthia Covey Haller

Have you ever felt like it's too late for you? Have you ever felt like life passed you by, that your dream is gone forever, or that too many awful things have happened to you? Today I have as my guest the daughter of the late great Stephen R. Covey. Her name is Cynthia Covey Haller, and she has spent 10 plus years completing a book for you. She started it with her father, and it was his last big idea. Today, we will share this new habit of highly effective people with you, along with actionable advice for putting it into practice. By the end of this episode, you will have learned or relearned about the greatest power that is in you, a power that will help you hope again. Let's begin.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/29/202243 minutes, 58 seconds
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134. The Highest Leverage Activity In The World

Have you ever underinvested in your personal development? Have you ever been too busy living to think about life today? I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive that I've learned, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to take advantage of what might be the highest leverage activity on earth. Let's begin. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/27/202219 minutes, 55 seconds
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133. Why 10X Is Easier Than 2X with Dr. Benjamin Hardy (Part 2)

Have you found that in your current busyness you have underinvested in your personal growth? If you have, then you're in the right place, and this is the right episode for you today. I have invited back my friend, Dr. Ben Hardy, onto the podcast to tell us why it is easier to do 10X than 2X. By the end of this episode, you will be able to shift your mindset from the limits of 2X thinking to the freedom of 10X thinking. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/22/202240 minutes, 50 seconds
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132. The Disciplined Pursuit of Doing Nothing

What can we learn from the world's greatest public servant and most experienced diplomat? In this episode, we're diving deep into the practices that will help you create space to understand others, no matter the differences that stand between you. This is one of the rarest abilities to possess, but by the end of the episode, you will have everything you need to reap its rewards. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/20/202225 minutes, 15 seconds
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131. Machine Living: Operating System for Your Life with Rob Dyrdek (Part 2)

Have you ever had the sense that you had greater potential than your current life requires or even allows you to produce? Do you ever feel like there's a lot more inside of you, but you are already so busy, you can't possibly get to any of it. By the end of this part 2 episode with Rob Dyrdek, you will have a vision of what you have to create in order to create a life of highest contribution. Listen to Part 1 on the conversation with Rob Dyrdek – link Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/15/202251 minutes, 44 seconds
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130. The Vasa – Define Your Done

400 years ago, the King of Sweden, Gustav II, commissioned the building of a grand ship, The Vasa. The ship quickly became the most expensive naval project in Swedish history only to meet a heartbreaking demise on its maiden voyage. In this episode, we explore the reasons the project was doomed from the start and how we can avoid making the same mistakes as we design our lives. By the end of this episode, you'll know the critical points you must set before you begin a goal, how to cut out unnecessary elements of your goal, and more tips to ensure you are successful in achieving what you set out to accomplish. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/13/202222 minutes, 26 seconds
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129. Systems You Need to 10X with Rob Dyrdek (Part 1)

Robert Stanley Dyrdek is many things. He's an entrepreneur, actor, producer, reality TV personality, and former professional skateboarder. He's possibly best known for his reality shows 'Rob and Big', 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory', and 'Ridiculousness', but none of that does it justice. Every time I talk to Rob Dyrdek, I feel like I'm seeing a powerful version of what essentialism plus effortless can do for a person. In this conversation I ask Rob specifically about the 10X business transitions that he's gone through and what he's learned through the process and how he's been able to do that, not just once, as it turns out, but multiple times. By the end of this episode, you will be able to lead better, whether you are the CEO or the CEO of your own life. Let's begin. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/8/202252 minutes, 48 seconds
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128. Perspective Guessing Vs. Perspective Getting

Have you ever invested heavily in a new product or service for your customers only to find they didn't buy it? Have you ever put in a lot of effort into getting someone a gift only to find that their response was lukewarm? Would you like to be less wrong in your relationships at work and at home? Today I will share some surprising stories, some counterintuitive research that I've been reading, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to improve your use of time and resources by increasing your empathic accuracy.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/6/202220 minutes, 21 seconds
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127. How Limits Make You Limitless

Have you ever felt like you have the ability to make a greater contribution to your work, your family, or society, but you've run out of space in your life? Or maybe you've noticed that the busier you get, the less time you have for personal growth? Feeling like you have untapped potential is an epidemic in today's fast-paced culture. That's why I invited my friend and author of the new book 10x Is Easier Than 2x, Dr. Benjamin Hardy to join us in this episode. In this conversation, we discuss the power of developing inflection points in your life, why creating tipping points in your life will help you grow, and how these points will help you contribute more to the causes and people in your life that matter most. By the end of this episode, you'll know how you can reach more of your goals without burning out. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
9/1/202235 minutes, 7 seconds
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126. The Surprising Secret to Extraordinary Influence

Do you have a relationship or a project that you need to turn around? What if you could immediately increase your influence on this project or with that relationship? In this episode, I will share a story, something I am learning, and actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will have a code for turning relationships and project around a code for unlocking greater influence professionally and personally. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/30/202227 minutes, 20 seconds
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125. Striving For an Effortless Transition

Have you ever struggled with making a transition? Whether in your personal or professional life, transitions can be stressful to navigate, but what if there was a way to make them easier? In this episode, I've invited the wisest person I know, my wife Anna, back to the podcast to talk about making transitions as effortless as possible. By the end of this episode, you'll have the tools you need to smoothly transition from tasks, jobs, relationships, or anything in between. Let's begin. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/25/202238 minutes, 59 seconds
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124. What Would You Do With an Extra Day Each Week?

In this episode, I have a simple question for you: What would you do with an extra day each week? Would you use it to spend time with your family or work on an important project? Or would you simply rest and enjoy the things you don't normally have time for? Whatever it is, by the end of this episode, you'll know how to increase your productivity by 20% while working less, or the equivalent of getting an extra day a week. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/23/202221 minutes, 6 seconds
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123. The Relationship Trap with Professor C Terry Warner (Part 2)

Have you ever felt stuck in a personal or professional relationship? Have you felt like the harder you try to improve the relationship, the worse it gets, or the more you try to escape, the harder it is to actually make progress? In our last episode, I introduced you to my guest and genius behind the Arbinger Institute, Professor C Terry Warner. In Part One, he shared the story of unlocking one of the great mysteries of psychology. In this episode, he will teach you how to actually apply that surprising insight in your life and relationships. By the end of this episode, you will know how to begin the journey of breaking through the most intractable relationships of your life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/18/202217 minutes, 35 seconds
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122. The Greatest Breakthrough in Psychology in 50 Years with Professor C. Terry Warner (Part 1)

Have you ever felt seriously stuck in a relationship where the harder you tried, the worse it got? I am thrilled to have one of the wisest people I have ever had the fortune of knowing to be joining us – Professor C Terry Warner. His book Bonds That Make Us Free, changed my life more than once and I return to it regularly. This is part one of two, Warner shares the story behind one of the most startling discoveries in psychology over the last 50 years. By the end of this episode, you will understand what keeps you trapped in the most frustrating relationships of your life work or at home.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/16/202232 minutes, 35 seconds
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121. Solve Problems Before They Happen with Dan Heath

Can you think of a problem that irritates you repeatedly? What has the total cost of managing that been to you over several years today? I have invited the New York Times best-selling author Dan Heath to help answer the 10 X dilemma. By the end of this episode, you will be able to solve problems before they happen. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/11/202251 minutes, 49 seconds
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120. What Residual Results Are You Getting in Your Life?

A critical key to understanding yourself is discovering the residual results you're getting in your life. These are the things you get by default as a result of the systems and habits in your life. This could look like too many meetings, too many emails, too many calories, too much procrastination, or a myriad of other things. Luckily, there's a way to reduce the amount of these residual results and make essential results easier to produce and non-essential results harder to produce. By the end of this episode, you'll understand the counterintuitive practice that will turn modest efforts into remarkable results. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/10/202227 minutes, 45 seconds
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119. Understanding Each Other with Parker J. Palmer (Part 2)

Have you ever had someone come to you with a dilemma, but when you start to share your advice, they resist your every suggestion? The relationship gets more strained. You leave feeling frustrated, but when you open up, you immediately get advice and feel more alone and more confused than you were before. For this episode, I continue the conversation I started in Episode 17 with one of my heroes, Parker J. Palmer. He's sharing a story or two, some of the things he has learned over decades, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be better able to help people unravel their confusion and find the right way forward. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/4/202247 minutes, 23 seconds
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118. Understanding Each Other with Parker J. Palmer (Part 1)

Have you ever had someone come to you with a dilemma, but when you start to share your advice, they resist your every suggestion? The relationship gets more strained. You leave feeling frustrated, but when you open up you immediately get advice and feel more alone and more confused than you were before. For this episode, I have invited one of my heroes, Parker J. Palmer, to share a story or two, some of the things he has learned over decades and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be better able to help people unravel their confusion and find the right way forward.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
8/2/202246 minutes, 50 seconds
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117. Turn Your Story into Meaningful Action with Dan Davis, Founder of Stiry

Have you ever wanted to be seen; to be heard? To be known? To feel that your life with its challenges, even its suffering – that all of it matters. Have you wanted to be able to understand your own story better and to be able to share that story with other people – even to have it last after you are no longer here. By the end of this episode with Dan Davis (founder of Stiry Films), you will learn a step-by-step process for how to turn the suffering of your life into a meaningful story. A story that can inspire you to go forward and further a story that can inspire other people around you, a story that can inspire people after you. Learn more about Dan's work at stiry.com Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/30/202243 minutes, 31 seconds
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116. How Steve Jobs Always Got It Right

Do you want to learn how to be better at conflict resolution? I guess we all do, don't we? What happens when you feel you are right and the other person is wrong? Are you completely convinced of your opinion? Do you feel that way about somebody right now? By the end of the episode, you will be able to escape the costly trap of trying to be right all the time. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/28/202218 minutes, 50 seconds
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115. The Heavier or Lighter Path? with Chris Williams

Have you ever held onto a grudge against people who hurt you? Have you ever wasted precious mental energy being angry, hurt, annoyed, or even resentful? How long has the wound been festering weeks, months, years, decades? Today I've invited Chris Williams onto the show to share his story about resolving personal conflict, and what he has learned from it. And some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to let go of a personal conflict and grudge that you have been holding onto so that you can reinvest that emotional energy back into what's really essential to you.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/23/202238 minutes, 37 seconds
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114. How to Eliminate Social Tension

Have you ever experienced tension in your relationships at work or at home? Tensions that last for an extended period of time can lead to a strained relationship, frozen communication, or even estrangement. What if I told you that you could immediately dissolve that tension? You can unfreeze communication and have it flow openly and naturally again. Today I will share with you a story that changed my life, something I am learning right now, and actionable advice about how to eliminate tension in almost any relationship. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/21/202229 minutes, 46 seconds
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113. Perspective, Happiness & Social Friction with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee

​Are there people in your life who create unhealthy friction for you? Are there people who raise your blood pressure even if they just cross your mind? Would you believe me if I told you that you can reverse this effect? Luckily, you can. By the end of this episode, my guest, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, and I will teach you not only how to handle interactions with people like this, but also how they can actually help you create a happier, more meaningful life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/16/20221 hour, 1 minute, 36 seconds
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112. Meaning is More Powerful than Time

Have you ever been in a painful conflict with someone you cared deeply for? Have you ever wished that you could go back in time and change the way the conflict happened? Whether you were the victim of hurt or the cause of it, experiencing deep pain in a relationship can rob our ability to feel hope. In this episode, I'll share how the relationship between meaning and understanding can help you heal and the three keys to restoring your hope. By the end of the episode, you will hold the key to transforming the suffering in your life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/14/202227 minutes, 25 seconds
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111. Where You Learned to Handle Conflict (with Anna McKeown)

Where did you learn how to handle conflict? What did you learn about how to handle conflict from your parents, classmates, books, or shows? What happens if, what you have learned didn't include how to handle conflict in a healthy way? By the end of this episode with my wife, Anna McKeown, you'll be better equipped to not only handle conflict but also help other people, including the people you lead at work, your children, and family members to do it too. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/9/202245 minutes, 40 seconds
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110. How Much Relationship Capital Do You Have?

Have you ever tried to make a relationship better only to have it stay the same? Have you ever made a relationship worse in your attempt to make it better? What if you could make your relationships much better by only doing the vital few things that have a great impact? By the end of this episode, you will be able to find out what's essential to other people so you can make small investments that pay big dividends. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/7/202230 minutes, 25 seconds
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109. The Superpower You’re Not Using

What are the effects of words on your life and relationships? Where are your words helping you to get what you really want? By the end of this episode, you'll be able to frame your words in a way to increase the chance that other people will want to do what you want them to do. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
6/2/202219 minutes, 44 seconds
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108. The Bottleneck to Everything You Want

Have you ever been on a team where you felt truly misunderstood? How about being truly understood? In my recent studies, I've discovered how misunderstanding is the bottleneck of what you actually want. By the end of this episode, you'll be better equipped to understand others and be understood in return. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/31/202227 minutes, 12 seconds
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107. 10X Your Results with Less Effort

How do you achieve 10X results in your life, work or relationships without working harder? This is known as the 10X dilemma. What got you here, won't get you there. By the end of this episode, you'll learn 5 things you can do right now to be able to get that next level but without burning out. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/26/202224 minutes, 28 seconds
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106. Eliminate the Nonessentials

Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Have you ever been busy but not productive? Do you feel your time is constantly highjacked by other people's agenda for you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the way out is the way of the essentialist. By the end of this episode, you'll be better able to eliminate the non-essentials in your life with 5 things you can take action on right now. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com
5/24/202224 minutes, 55 seconds
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105. Mediation & Creating A High Trust Agreement

Have you ever found yourself between two conflicting groups at work or in your personal life? In this episode, I'll share with you a lesson I observed from Pope Francis on being a great mediator. You'll also learn the power of creating a high trust agreement to ensure all groups involved get exactly what they want. Resources Mentioned: Harvard's Win-Win Negotiation Strategies for Rebuilding a Relationship Effortless by Greg McKeown Learn more about my books and courses at https://GregMcKeown.com
5/19/202227 minutes, 10 seconds
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104. Responding Instead of Reacting

When was the last time someone said or did something that triggered you? How did you feel – frustrated, angry, unsafe? What did you say? The chances are you reacted in one of two ways, either by shutting down, avoiding the conflict or by saying something defensive back because conflict begets conflict. In this episode, I share a story, things I am learning, and leave you with a specific action you can take right now to be able to respond rather than to react to the conflict in your most important relationships. You will be able to use your words to redirect the negative force of others towards a positive outcome. Resources mentioned: Verbal Judo: The Gentle Art of Persuasion Learn more about my books and courses at https://GregMcKeown.com.
5/17/202232 minutes, 7 seconds
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103. Tell me: Where am I Wrong?

Have you ever wanted to increase your influence with someone who is really important to you? In this episode, I'll teach you a mindset shift to immediately 10x your influence with those who matter most to you. I'll also give you a tool to discover exactly what's most important and what's not significant to them. Learn more about my books and courses at https://GregMcKeown.com.
5/12/202225 minutes, 43 seconds
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102. Choose Purpose Over Position

Welcome to Season 2, and new version of my podcast! In this episode, I share my new and exciting mission to help you advocate and negotiate your way to remarkable results without burning out. Come with me on this journey every Tuesday and Thursday as we examine the most essential areas of our lives. Learn more about my books and courses at https://GregMcKeown.com.
5/10/202229 minutes, 45 seconds
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101. What's Essential: Come What May & Love It

In this final episode of the What's Essential podcast, my wife, Anna, interviews me about what's next in our lives, the podcast, and we invite you to join us on a new and exciting journey. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson
5/2/202240 minutes, 17 seconds
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100. What's Essential: What Happens Next Matters Most

Have you ever felt like it was too late for you? That life has passed you by – that your dream is gone? Or maybe too many awful things have happened to you or you’ve made too many mistakes? In this 100th episode of the podcast, I explore these questions and teach you how to have hope again.  The most important thing is not what you have done. The most important thing is what you do next. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson
4/25/202221 minutes, 42 seconds
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99. What's Essential: Greg's Speed Coaching with Matthew McConaughey, Revisited

Where do you want to be in 5 years? So many of us have a difficult time answering this question. And it’s not because we don’t know what we want to do. Often it’s because we lack the clarity to know where to begin. Join me for an impromptu coaching session with actor and author Matthew McConaughey. Together we explore Matthew’s big goals for his future, define what these goals might look like, and examine possible first steps he can take toward achieving them. There is magic in this conversation. And I hope it sparks some magic for you. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson
4/18/202258 minutes, 16 seconds
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98. What's Essential: Greg on Rest

Have you ever pushed yourself past the point of exhaustion and woke up the next day completely burned out?  In this episode, I explore how setting a sustainable pace allows you to reach peak performance, not for a day, a week, or a month but your entire life. You'll learn why rest is a critical component for performing at your best and why one of the most important things high achievers can do is learn how to relax.  If you struggle with the tension of not doing enough and doing too much, then this episode is for you. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
4/11/202229 minutes, 4 seconds
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97. What's Essential: Trust & Inspire with Stephen M.R. Covey

In this episode, I am joined by my friend Stephen M.R. Covey to talk about his new book, Trust & Inspire. You'll learn how the right leadership produces effortless results and relationships. For fifty years we have heard that we need to move away from "command and control" leadership. But nobody has named what we should do instead. That's what Stephen M.R. Covey boldly and brilliantly does in this episode:Trust & Inspire. Isn't that what we want? Fifty years from now nobody will speak of command and control without saying 'trust and inspire'. It's going to become a part of our language, a part of what management itself means. As a great leader himself, Stephen will, in this episode, unleash the greatness within you. You can get a copy of Trust and Inspire at your local bookstore.  Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson 
4/4/202250 minutes, 19 seconds
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96. What's Essential: Q&A on the Magic of Routines

Two weeks ago I shared some thoughts on "the genius of routines" and the response from listeners was off the charts. Questions poured in. In this Q&A episode, my wife Anna joins me to respond to these questions and share immediately applicable and realistic ways to apply routines in families. This podcast episode is not just for people in the c-suite: it's for parents, managers, employees: and everyone who wants to put routines to work for them in the real world. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson
3/28/202243 minutes, 52 seconds
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95. What's Essential: Dr. Bjorn Lomborg on Radical Prioritization

Do you ever feel like you have so many important things to do that it’s impossible to prioritize them? Even knowing where to start can be challenging. In this week’s episode, I talk with prioritization expert Dr. Bjorn Lomborg. Through his think tank, The Copenhagen Consensus, Dr. Lomborg has prioritized the most significant challenges facing the world today.  In this episode, you will learn three principles that will help you prioritize what's most important in your life and discover specific strategies you can use to make decision-making easier. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
3/21/202244 minutes, 14 seconds
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94. What's Essential: Greg on The Genius of Routine

One of the most significant setbacks of the last few years has been the dismantling of many of our boundaries and routines. I think we have all felt this. Whether you are living out of your inbox, overwhelmed with texts and notifications, or have found yourself caught up in a zoom-eat-sleep-repeat lifestyle, it's an exhausting way to live. Join me this week to learn how you can reestablish boundaries and routines that will allow you to take back control of your calendar - and your life - making it easier to accomplish what’s most important.   What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
3/14/202231 minutes, 17 seconds
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93. What's Essential: Dr. Amishi Jha on Protecting the Asset of Your Mind

Do you ever find that your mind always seems to drift from what you're doing now to something else no matter how hard you try? Well, I have some welcome news. According to Dr. Amishi Jha, Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami and author of the new book PEAK MiND, there is nothing wrong with your brain. It was built to be distractable.  In this episode, Dr. Jha shares how you can stop missing out on what's most important by training your brain to pay attention more effectively in just 12 minutes a day. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson
3/7/202248 minutes, 44 seconds
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92. What's Essential: The Perks of Being (Very) Unavailable with Adam Shoalts

We live in a noisy world by any estimation. And while we need people, we also need solitude.  This week I’m speaking with Adam Shoalts, who was named one of the “greatest living explorers” by Canadian Geographic. Adam is an author, speaker, and adventurer who has learned to tap into the rejuvenating power of solitude.  In our conversation, Adam reminds us about the importance of the solo adventure in life to reconnect with ourself and rediscover what matters most. I hope you will feel inspired to create more space than you have right now.  Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
2/28/202255 minutes, 50 seconds
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91. What's Essential: Find Your People with Jennie Allen

One of the biggest lessons I have learned over the last few years is that you can’t design a life that really matters without a community of people who support each other. Yet too often, we try to go it alone.  In this week’s episode, Jennie Allen, author of the new book Find Your People, joins the show to discuss how you can find your people, begin to build your community a new, and plot out your life.  Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
2/21/202247 minutes, 26 seconds
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90. What's Essential: Q&A on The Power Of Small Wins

If your life is anything like mine, you probably have far more problems than you can solve in one day. It’s easy to become overwhelmed.  When this happens, it is often our most important relationships that suffer.  But the good news is there is a solution. Taking just a few moments to celebrate small wins, especially with those that matter most, can change the equation in your favor.  In this episode, my wife Anna and I explore concrete ways you can reinforce good behavior at home, avoiding the temptation only to see what someone is doing wrong, and how to use microbursts of effort to improve your relationships. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
2/14/202246 minutes, 40 seconds
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89. What's Essential: Greg on The Power Of The Graceful No

Does saying no make you feel awkward? Are you worried about missing out on an opportunity? Or are you fearful of rocking the boat? In this episode, I’m talking about practical ways to make saying no easier and sharing simple strategies you can use to deliver a graceful no.  Learning to say no takes practice. But once you’ve mastered it, you will find you can handle almost any request from almost anybody with grace and dignity.  What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
2/7/202233 minutes, 6 seconds
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88. What's Essential: The Power Of Regret with Dan Pink

How often have you heard someone say they want to live their life with no regrets? Our society often teaches us that a successful life is one lived without regrets. But in his new book The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, best-selling author Dan Pink offers a different perspective. Regret, he suggests, is a valuable raw material that allows us to learn from our mistakes and make the imperfect more perfect.  In this week's episode, Dan shares five counterintuitive ways you can use regret to your advantage and design a life that really matters.  What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
1/31/202237 minutes, 28 seconds
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87. What's Essential: How To Hear What Really Matters with Ximena Vengoechea

How well are you listening to your life?  Truly listening is one of the greatest gifts you can give. And we can all get better at doing it. That’s why I invited Ximena Vengoechea, author of Listen Like You Mean It, to join me on this week’s episode of the What’s Essential podcast.  In our conversation, we explore how becoming a better listener will make your life better. And Ximena shares ideas on how you can reclaim genuine connection in our age of distraction.  Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, Ed Simpson and Derrial Christon
1/24/202234 minutes, 8 seconds
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86. What's Essential: The Power of Systems with Rob Dyrdek

This week I’m talking with my friend, entrepreneur, and television star Rob Dyrdek. Every time I speak with Rob, I leave with a clearer view of what it takes to get to a completely different level in my life.  The secret Rob has learned that allows him to be so successful is that not all effort is created equal. Rob has carefully designed his life around systems that deliver effortless results today, tomorrow, and forever.  Join us as Rob shares how you can build systems in your life that will allow you to reap residual results.  Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson
1/17/202247 minutes, 23 seconds
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85. What's Essential: Greg on How To Create An Essential Intent: The One Decision That Makes 1,000

How clear are you on what’s essential in your life right now?  Pretty clear? Really clear? Completely lost and overwhelmed? Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, becoming clear on what’s most important will help you find purpose and direction in your life.  In this episode, I discuss how you can gain greater clarity by creating an essential intent. And I share the simple structure I use to create my own essential intent.  What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson Produced by Derrial Christon
1/10/202228 minutes, 37 seconds
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84. What's Essential: Chip Conley on How Airbnb Won and The Great Midlife Edit

One of my goals for 2022 is to be more centered.  With all that is going on, being centered feels like a bit of a challenge right now. Perhaps you feel this way too?  That's why I invited Chip Conley to be my first guest of the new year. Chip is a strategic advisor for Airbnb and helped them not only survive the pandemic but thrive as they focused on the essential elements of their business. Join us to learn why Essentialism is most important when things get challenging and how to turn challenges into strengths by focusing on what's important now. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson Produced by Derrial Christon
1/3/202229 minutes, 43 seconds
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83. What's Essential: Dr. Arthur Brooks on Living a Better and Happier Life - Repost

How happy are you on a scale of 1-10?  Regardless of what number you answered, the more important question is, what would it take to make that number a 10? In this special replay of one of 2021's most popular episodes, I speak with Harvard happiness professor Arthur Brooks about living a better and happier life. You’ll learn: The three ingredients of happiness and how you can make them part of your life.  Why unhappiness is essential in finding happiness and how you can make peace with unhappiness. How you can make achieving happiness easier by understanding who you are and who you are not. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery and Ed Simpson Produced by Derrial Christon
12/27/202132 minutes, 50 seconds
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81. What's Essential: Q&A on How to Discern More and Do Less

Discernment is at the core of what it means to be an Essentialist.  It helps us sort through the trivial many and identify the essential few. It allows us to see things as they really are. It guides our intuition, helping us make decisions and take actions that really matter. Join me and my wife Anna as we discuss how we can become better at discerning the world around us.   In this episode, we talk about: Recognizing the inklings of discernment Trusting your intuition How to develop discernment in the different areas of your life What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
12/12/202143 minutes, 27 seconds
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80. What's Essential: Crucial Conversations with Joseph Grenny

Are there high-stakes conversations in your life that you need to have but are putting off? This week I welcome special guest Joseph Grenny, one of the authors of the bestselling book, Crucial Conversations. In this episode, we talk about: Why silence is the most significant communication error we make The cost of not speaking up How to make it safe to talk about almost anything with almost anyone Joseph's insight and experience will help you have better conversations about what matters most with those who matter most. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
12/6/202139 minutes, 13 seconds
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79. What's Essential: Greg's Solo Q&A Part 2

On this Part 2 episode, Greg conducts a solo Q&A for listeners most requested questions from his best selling books Efforless and Essentialism! Some of the topics include: How to reinvent your intent, Strategies to be the best person you can be and the 12 steps to identifying What's Essential? What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
11/29/202125 minutes, 59 seconds
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78. What's Essential: Greg's Solo Q&A Part 1

In this week's episode, I answer questions I was recently asked during an interview by a newspaper in Brazil. Tune in to discover: How you can avoid burnout in a culture that glorifies busyness. How to protect your mental health by learning to work more effortlessly, How to work more effortlessly in an organization that values heroic effort.. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
11/22/202133 minutes, 1 second
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77. What's Essential: Rethinking Purpose with Ken Coleman

Do you ever feel like you want to make a more meaningful contribution but you’re not sure how? Or maybe you know what you would like to do but get hung up on the fear of the unknown? Join me as I talk with Ken Coleman, Ken is a successful author and host of The Ken Coleman Show where he helps people define their purpose and discover the steps they need to take to pursue it.  Join us as we discuss:  How to clearly discover your purpose. How to overcome fear and other obstacles that keep you from pursuing your purpose. What leaders can do to make work more meaningful for employees. You’ll love Ken’s simple, actionable ideas on how to live a more meaningful life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
11/15/202123 minutes, 37 seconds
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76. What's Essential: Q&A on Nurturing The Invincible Power of Power Of Choice

When was the last time you felt like you didn't have a choice? Life is full of difficult situations where it feels like the only answer is simply, "I have to". But this answer removes our power of choice.  Join my wife Anna and me as we explore why it is so important to nurture the power of choice in yourself and those you love. Learn how to: Take control of your choices by changing "I have to" to "I choose to because..."  Avoid giving too much influence to outside voices. Nurture the power of choice in your own family. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
11/8/202123 minutes, 34 seconds
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75. What's Essential: Simon Sinek on The Power Of Finding Your Why

It’s not only important to identify what’s essential in your life, but you must also know why it matters. Join me as I speak with Simon Sinek, Inspirational Speaker and Global "Best Selling" Author (Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better, Find Your Why and The Infinite Game) , In this episode, Simon shares: The importance of finding your "why" How to find the courage to reinvent yourself How to define yourself by what you believe, not only by what you do Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com They discuss the importance of being clear on what you want, developing the courage to re-invent yourself and creating specific steps to improve your life. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
11/1/202137 minutes, 11 seconds
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74. What's Essential: Greg on Achieving Breakthrough Results Without the Burnout

Do you want to achieve better results? Even 10X results? Can you work 10X harder? Almost everyone I know says yes to the first question and no to the second.   This is what I call the 10X Dilemma.  Trying to solve this dilemma can lead you to the edge of burnout.  In this episode, I share 5 strategies to help you achieve breakthrough results without burnout. These strategies are the best way I know to make it easier to reach your full potential. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
10/25/202136 minutes, 5 seconds
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73. What's Essential: Dave Hollis on Moving Closer to Purpose

When the unexpected happens, the world we once knew becomes unfamiliar. Every step can feel unsteady. We wonder how we will ever navigate our new reality.  But we can find hope knowing that these challenges often help us grow and lead us to become who we were meant to be.  This week I am speaking with my friend Dave Hollis, a speaker, best-selling author, and former Disney executive. Join our conversation as Dave shares five strategies you can use to reorient yourself when life inevitably gets turned upside down. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
10/18/202132 minutes, 16 seconds
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72. What's Essential: Dorie Clark on How to Be a Long-Term Thinker in a Short-Term World

This week I am welcoming Dorie Clark, leadership consultant and author of the book The Long Game: How to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world to the What's Essential podcast. Dorie offers her insight into how we can stop making short-term choices that lead us away from who we want to be and start making long-term choices that give us space to dream, plan, and live.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
10/11/202134 minutes, 17 seconds
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71. What's Essential: The Energy Clock with Molly Fletcher

When you get clear on what really matters in your life, everything else starts to fall into place.  You make decisions differently. Your perspective changes. You begin to seek purpose over achievement.   This week I am joined by Molly Fletcher. Molly is a former sports agent turned speaker, author, and consultant. As someone who has represented some of the world's most notable athletes, she offers a unique perspective on success.  In this episode, we discuss: Why purpose is more important than achievement. How to manage your energy, so you are at your peak performance when it really matters. Strategies to help you be a better negotiator. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Derrial Christon
10/4/202141 minutes, 17 seconds
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70. What's Essential: Greg on The Absolute Hell of Being Misunderstood

One of the most basic human needs is to be understood. When we are misunderstood, we feel alone, unvalued, and betrayed.  None of us wishes to feel this way, and no one wants to make others feel this way. So why is there so much misunderstanding in our relationships? Join me for an important discussion on how to improve every relationship, personal and professional, through deep communication and emphatic listening.  Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw  Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon and Derrial Christon
9/27/202130 minutes, 22 seconds
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69. What's Essential: Carey Nieuwhof on Getting Time, Energy, and Priorities in Your Favor

Leadership expert and pastor Carey Nieuwhof (author, At Your Best) joins Greg to talk about leadership and designing a life today that will help you thrive tomorrow. They discuss the need to relinquish control, automation, and building a team that can help you grow. They explore how to recognize burnout and the framework for creating a sustainable pace for success in the long run. This episode's book recommendation: At Your Best by Carey Nieuwhof What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
9/20/202128 minutes, 55 seconds
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68. What's Essential: Dave Noll on Enjoying Every Moment of the Journey

TV Show Creator and Executive Producer Dave Noll (Co-Creator, Chopped) joins Greg to talk about the challenges involved to reach sustainable success in the entertainment industry. They discuss the shift in perspective that failure is a necessary part of any process, as well as believing in yourself and teaching that mindset to the next generation. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
9/13/202133 minutes, 43 seconds
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67. What's Essential: Greg on The Courage to Be Rubbish

Effortless: Chapter Nine It all starts with a simple principle: not everything has to be so hard. This special episode is an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Greg. It explains the importance of embracing the rubbish in order to learn, grow, and make progress on what's essential. Effortless is available for purchase, as a book or audiobook. (Audio excerpted courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio from Effortless by Greg McKeown, read by the author and available wherever audiobooks are sold). What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
9/6/202117 minutes, 42 seconds
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66. What's Essential: Jeff Burningham on Learning to Define and Achieve Sustainable Success

Entrepreneur and former candidate for Governor of Utah Jeff Burningham (Co-Founder & Chairman, Peak Capital Partners) joins Greg for a conversation on defining and achieving sustainable success. They discuss the importance of relationships versus results in making a greater impact, and explore growth mindset and the ability to reorient when a vision don’t go as planned. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferriss" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/30/202135 minutes, 4 seconds
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65. What's Essential: Sergey Young on An Insider’s Guide to Growing Young

Longevity investor and visionary Sergey Young (Author, The Science and Technology of Growing Young) shares his insights as the founder of Longevity Vision Fund. He and Greg discuss the inevitability of life extension, and the importance of creating a better world that’s equally accessible for all. They explore five practical steps we can all take to nurture a longer, healthier, and happier life now. This episode's book recommendation: The Science and Technology of Growing Young by Sergey Young For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferriss" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/23/202139 minutes, 27 seconds
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64. What's Essential: Q&A on Nurturing Your Highest Point of Contribution

Anna McKeown joins Greg for a candid conversation on identifying your unique strengths and recognizing innate impulses as gifts meant to be awakened and developed. They discuss embracing what can be perceived as weakness, as well as creating a culture of resilience and the courage to allow for failure. They talk about the value and importance of applying these insights for ourselves and as parents to our children. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferriss" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/19/202135 minutes, 42 seconds
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63. What's Essential: Shannon Doherty on A Platform to Influence Happiness

Entrepreneur and influencer Shannon Doherty (Founder, At Home With Shannon) shares her experience with life hacks, going viral, and the power of social media. She and Greg talk about the importance of self-understanding and doing what fulfills you while staying true to your values. They discuss family, togetherness, and genuinely being in service of others. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferriss" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/9/202134 minutes, 35 seconds
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62. What's Essential: Clay Drinko on The Intersection of Improvisation, Science, and the Everyday

Improv expert and educator Clay Drinko (author, Play Your Way Sane) shares his insights on the power of improvisation. He and Greg explore practical applications in everyday life and its ability to help focus, ideation, and divergent thinking. They discuss the importance of listening and comprehension in order to truly unlock the next level of collaborative contribution. This episode's book recommendation: Play Your Way Sane by Clay Drinko For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferriss" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/2/202137 minutes, 47 seconds
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61. What's Essential: Barry Eggers on The Power of Trust and Leverage

Venture capitalist and Silicon Valley pioneer Barry Eggers (Founding Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners) joins Greg for a conversation on the power of leverage. They explore how to discern between creating value versus overhead, as well as the distinction between feeling and being useful. They discuss the need for empathy and building trust in order to effectively understand the needs of your teams and leaders. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferriss" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
7/26/202135 minutes, 45 seconds
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60. What's Essential: Luke Burgis on Why We Want What We Want

Professor and entrepreneur Luke Burgis (author, Wanting) shares his insights on why we want what we want and how to feel more in control of those desires. He and Greg discuss how to discern between the essential and non-essential wants, in order to identify what is truly meaningful and enduring. They explore the effect of human nature, and practical steps we can take to find awareness and utilize what influences us, both positively and negatively. This episode's book recommendation: Wanting: The Power of Mimetic Desire in Everyday Life by Luke Burgis For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferriss" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
7/19/202136 minutes, 27 seconds
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59. What's Essential: Ann Berry on Redefining Achievement Through Passion

Investment and private equity executive Ann Berry (Chief Investment Officer & Managing Partner, Wheelhouse) joins Greg for a conversation on leadership in today’s landscape, discovering new passion, and doing what you love. They discuss pandemic challenges faced at different levels as well as what the learnings can teach us to best navigate moving forward. They explore the value of tenacity and teamwork, and the importance of clear communication and practicing gratitude. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferriss" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
7/12/202132 minutes, 16 seconds
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58. What's Essential: Greg on The Engine of High-Leverage Teams

Effortless: Chapter Fourteen It all starts with a simple principle: not everything has to be so hard. This special episode is an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Greg. It explains the importance of building a foundation of trust in high-performance teams Effortless is available for purchase, as a book or audiobook. (Audio excerpted courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio from Effortless by Greg McKeown, read by the author and available wherever audiobooks are sold). For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
7/5/202121 minutes, 50 seconds
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57. What's Essential: Jacob Morgan on The Future of Leadership

Trained futurist and leadership authority Jacob Morgan (author, The Future Leader) shares his data on what it takes to be an effective leader over the next decade. He and Greg discuss the evolving landscape and the need for organizations and leaders to embrace new skills and mindsets. They explore the importance of clearly defining leadership and the significance in striving for improvement every day. This episode's book recommendation: The Future Leader by Jacob Morgan For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/29/202133 minutes
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56. What's Essential: Dr. Arthur Brooks on Living a Better and Happier Life

Behavioral social scientist and Harvard professor Arthur Brooks (author, Love Your Enemies) shares his insights and research as a happiness scholar. He and Greg discuss the importance of understanding and embracing our unique genetic temperaments, as well as the ability to manage negative emotions and satisfaction. They explore the mindset shift that achieving happiness can be effortless through positive actions, good relationships, and acts of love. This episode's book recommendation: Love Your Enemies by Arthur Brooks For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/21/202132 minutes, 45 seconds
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55. What's Essential: Kim Scott on Caring Personally While Challenging Directly

CEO coach Kim Scott (author, Just Work) joins Greg to talk about the importance of creating an environment optimized for respect and collaboration, in the workplace and in life. As the co-founder of Radical Candor, she and Greg discuss the need for discourse, compassion, and embracing differences. They explore methods to identify and approach workplace injustice, as well as ways to streamline prioritization through communication with leadership. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/14/202136 minutes, 23 seconds
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54. What's Essential: Scott O'Neil on Keeping You Present, Grounded, and Thriving

Sports Executive Scott O’Neil (author, Be Where Your Feet Are) shares his insights on life as a husband, father, and CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, a global company that owns the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He and Greg discuss his passion for developing the next generation of leaders, as well as the importance of being present and mental health. They explore the lessons learned and the opportunities presented to us during this unprecedented global transition. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/7/202133 minutes, 59 seconds
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53. What's Essential: Rachel Cooke on Navigating Leadership Through Burnout

Leadership speaker and organizational consultant Rachel Cooke (Founder, Lead Above Noise) joins Greg to discuss the burnout being felt universally, both personally and professionally. They talk about the importance of acknowledgement and thoughtfulness from leadership, and explore specific steps leaders can take to navigate carefully as the world collectively transitions back to opening. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
5/31/202135 minutes, 36 seconds
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52. What's Essential: Greg Wells on Optimizing Your Life with Deliberate Recovery

Performance physiologist and wellness advocate Greg Wells, Ph.D. (author, Rest Refocus Recharge) shares his insights on the importance of proper rest to achieve optimal performance. Dr. Wells and Greg discuss finding the dynamic balance between work and relaxation, and the mindset shift that rest is both a skill and a responsibility. They explore practical techniques that can be developed and applied to all aspects of a healthier life. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
5/24/202135 minutes, 58 seconds
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51. What's Essential: Greg on The Art of Doing Nothing

Effortless: Chapter Four It all starts with a simple principle: Not everything has to be so hard. This special episode is an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Greg. It explains the importance of rest and how the ability to take a pause in our busy lives is a necessary life skill. Effortless is available for purchase, as a book or audiobook. (Audio excerpted courtesy of Penguin Random House Audio from Effortless by Greg McKeown, read by the author and available wherever audiobooks are sold). For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
5/17/202128 minutes, 4 seconds
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50. What's Essential: Q&A on Making it Easier to Do What Matters Most

In this milestone 50th episode, Greg is joined by Anna to talk about the meaning behind Effortless. Originally broadcast on Greg’s Instagram Live, this conversation explores how to make the most essential activities more enjoyable ones. They answer audience questions and discuss how to practically apply Effortless in our own lives, along with the value of sharing these insights with those around us. For a limited time PURCHASE EFFORTLESS and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
5/10/202134 minutes, 29 seconds
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49. What's Essential: Speed Coaching with Matthew McConaughey (Part Two)

Academy Award winner and best-selling author Matthew McConaughey joins Greg for a candid conversation about life. In this special two-part episode, they discuss successes and failures, formative experiences, and the importance of investing in yourself. They explore unity in diversity, how to inspire for the greater good, and the parallels between Effortless living and what it means to catch Greenlights. Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
5/3/202144 minutes, 14 seconds
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48. What's Essential: Greenlights with Matthew McConaughey (Part One)

Academy Award winner and best-selling author Matthew McConaughey joins Greg for a candid conversation about life. In this special two-part episode, they discuss successes and failures, formative experiences, and the importance of investing in yourself. They explore unity in diversity, how to inspire for the greater good, and the parallels between Effortless living and what it means to catch Greenlights. Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
4/26/202142 minutes, 15 seconds
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47. What's Essential: Jon Acuff on The Surprising Solution to Overthinking

Leadership speaker Jon Acuff (author, Soundtracks) shares his strategy on how to turn overthinking into productivity. Jon and Greg discuss the importance of perspective, pushing through fear, and the power of action to propel forward. They explore how to build positive thoughts and repetition into your physical environment, schedule, and relationships to make accomplishing goals more effortless. PRE-ORDER EFFORTLESS now and get the 21-Day Challenge AND Chapter 1 of Effortless FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
4/19/202140 minutes, 40 seconds
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46. What's Essential: Phil Randazzo & Matthew Griffin on Making a Successful Transition

In this episode, Phil Randazzo (Founder, American Dream U) and Matthew Griffin (Veteran, Army Rangers) join Greg in a discussion on transitioning out of the military and into civilian life. They talk about the physical, mental, and financial challenges involved then go on to explore practical habits and manageable processes for a more effortless transition. PRE-ORDER EFFORTLESS now and get the 21-Day Challenge AND Chapter 1 of Effortless FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
4/12/202148 minutes, 45 seconds
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45. What's Essential: Tanya Dalton on Productivity With Bespoke Solutions

Business coach and growth strategist Tanya Dalton (author, The Joy of Missing Out) shares her perspective on making it easier to do what matters most. Her and Greg discuss the importance of prioritization, discernment, and what it means to be overwhelmed. They explore practical steps to create a productivity framework custom tailored to your own strengths and weaknesses. PRE-ORDER EFFORTLESS now and get the 21-Day Challenge AND Chapter 1 of Effortless FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/ Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
4/5/202144 minutes, 29 seconds
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44. What's Essential: John Hope Bryant on Making Every Moment Count

Philanthropist and thought leader John Hope Bryant (CEO, Operation HOPE) shares his mission to empower underserved communities with financial literacy and economic opportunity. From his roots as a young entrepreneur to founder and chairman of the for-purpose nonprofit, he and Greg discuss the importance of selflessness, spirituality, and finding rest through renewal. They explore inclusion and the beauty of all human beings as one race. Learn more at https://operationhope.org Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
3/29/202144 minutes, 14 seconds
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43. What's Essential: A Conversation on Essentialism with Maria Shriver

In this special episode, Greg and Maria Shriver (Founder, Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement) have a conversation about what it means to be an Essentialist. Originally broadcasted on Maria’s Instagram Live, they talk about everything from the importance of boundaries and discernment to regaining control of our own choices and time. This is a conversation you don’t want to miss! Original video can be on Maria Shriver’s YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pce1QGOn58E Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
3/22/202137 minutes, 51 seconds
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42. What's Essential: Judson Brewer on Overcoming Anxiety at the Source

Addiction psychiatrist Judson Brewer, M.D. (author, Unwinding Anxiety) explains the surprising connection between bad habits and anxiety. Dr. Jud and Greg discuss how fear, worry, and evolutionary origins contribute to addictive behaviors and cycles. They explore specific techniques and a step-by-step process to effectively reduce anxiety. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
3/15/202143 minutes, 56 seconds
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41. What's Essential: Bruce Greyson on Exploring the Nature of Life and Beyond

Near-death experience expert Bruce Greyson, M.D. (author, After) shares how his mindset evolved from a scientific background rooted only in the physical world to rethinking his perspective of life after death. He and Greg explore examples of consciousness beyond this existence and the lessons learned when faced with this realization. Through an increased sense of spirituality, compassion and seeing the divinity in others, we can lead a life more meaningful and fulfilling. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
3/8/202143 minutes, 40 seconds
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40. What's Essential: Michael Hyatt on Winning at Work and Succeeding in Life

In this episode, Michael Hyatt (author, Win at Work and Succeed at Life) talks about how success can only truly be defined as holistic. He and Greg discuss the importance of creating a clear vision as well as the power of constraint, non-achievement, and rest. They explore practical tools and techniques to help plan for long-term, comprehensive success.   Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
3/1/202140 minutes, 5 seconds
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39. What's Essential: Nir Eyal on How to be Indistractable

Nir Eyal (author, Indistractable) gives us a deep look into his guide on how to control your attention and stay focused. He and Greg discuss effective time management, prioritization, and decision making as well as practical techniques to effectively harness our emotions for better productivity in all domains of our life. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
2/22/202149 minutes, 1 second
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38. What's Essential: The Beautiful No with Sheri Salata

Sheri Salata (author, The Beautiful No) shares the evolution of her experience prior to and after her time as the Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She and Greg discuss the true energy of effortlessness: how great things can happen when you get into The Effortless State. Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
2/15/202144 minutes, 14 seconds
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37. What's Essential: Benjamin Hardy on The Formula to Achieve Bigger Goals

Organizational psychologist Benjamin Hardy, Ph.D. (author, Who Not How) shares his insights on how shifting your mindset can lead to both happiness and better results. He and Greg discuss the importance of gratitude and confidence when measuring yourself, the need for clearly defined goals, and the value of others in navigating for success. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
2/8/202142 minutes, 54 seconds
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36. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Matheus Moura

In this intervention episode, Matheus Moura of Porto Velho, Brazil shares his experience with us before and after discovering Essentialism. He and Greg discuss personal tragedy, opportunity costs, and the familiar wrestle between work and life. They go on to explore the changes when you prioritize being present and investing in what is truly important. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
2/1/202142 minutes, 6 seconds
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35. What's Essential: Ethan Kross on How to Harness the Voice In Your Head

Ethan Kross, Ph.D. (author, Chatter) shares his insights on the hidden power of our inner voice, as well as the debilitating effect it can alternatively have. He and Greg discuss how to best navigate this internal conversation by exploring real strategies using the tools around us for a happier, more productive perspective. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
1/25/202140 minutes, 47 seconds
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34. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Elena Aguilar

How do you navigate a journey where your true calling and highest contribution is distracted by a parallel yet necessary path? Elena Aguilar shares her passion and goals in writing and the challenges involved in that pursuit. She and Greg explore the vulnerability around courage, and discuss practical, actionable steps to move forward. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
1/18/202144 minutes, 9 seconds
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33. What's Essential: When Life Says No with Thomas Dimitroff

Former Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff shares his lifelong history with football up to his most recent transition within the NFL. He and Greg discuss the importance of prioritizing what is truly essential, along with the value of controlling your time and creating space to be able to grow in mind, body, and soul. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
1/11/202141 minutes, 28 seconds
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32. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Caroline Achkar

In this brand-new episode, we’re introduced to Caroline Achkar of Beirut, Lebanon. Caroline shares how discovering Essentialism has helped her in adopting a healthier lifestyle, and the enlightenment that followed in wanting to nurture younger generations as well. She and Greg discuss the challenges involved, and explore practical methods for problem solving and organization.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
1/4/202143 minutes, 56 seconds
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31. What's Essential: The Birth of Essentialism with Anna McKeown (rebroadcast)

(Holiday Rebroadcast) Greg's first guest is his wife, Anna – listen in as they go back in time to the start of Essentialism, on that day when Greg realized he got it all wrong. Greg and Anna discuss the importance of family, gratitude, and not over-extending yourself and your time in order to create a positive home environment.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
12/28/202050 minutes, 12 seconds
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30. What's Essential: The Disciplined Pursuit of Home with Drew & Linda Scott

(Holiday Rebroadcast) Drew and Linda Scott go into detail on their vastly different upbringings, and how their parents and families have molded them into the people they are today. Greg, Drew and Linda discuss how the world can be changed for the better, and the individual steps it takes each person along the way to create an effective and lasting change.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
12/21/202050 minutes, 43 seconds
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29. What's Essential: Essential Intervention with Vanessa Guzman

First generation American-Latina Vanessa Guzman shares the challenge involved in transitioning to an essentialist lifestyle as a woman of color with cultural belief systems. She and Greg discuss the importance of self-prioritization, the necessity to move at a manageable pace, and the value of creating a support system around you in the journey Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
12/14/202046 minutes, 41 seconds
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28. What's Essential: Josh Shipp on The Teenager Whisperer

In this episode, Josh Shipp (Youth Expert and Author, The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans) shares his own history as a former at-risk foster child turned youth advocate. Greg, Anna McKeown (special co-host), and Josh discuss how to decode your children’s behavior, the necessity of time and consistency, feelings of inadequacy as a parent, and ultimately raising children to internalize the lessons they are being taught. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
12/7/202036 minutes, 54 seconds
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27. What's Essential: Nate Checketts on Harnessing Your Uniqueness

Nate Checketts (Co-Founder & CEO, Rhone) and Greg have a very candid conversation on family, dyslexia, modern education, and the realities of work and life during a pandemic. They talk about the necessity of self-exploration and embracing your uniqueness in order to find your own highest level of contribution. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
11/30/202032 minutes, 2 seconds
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26. What's Essential: Dana Biberston on Emptiness and the 100-Year Vision

In this episode, Dana Biberston shares her deeply painful experience balancing health concerns, raising a large family, and maintaining life at home. She and Greg discuss the influence of spirituality in navigating the journey from emptiness to fulfillment, and the importance of Essentialism, perspective, and intergenerational awareness along the way. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
11/23/202043 minutes, 21 seconds
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25. What's Essential: Jay Papasan on The First Thing

Jay Papasan (author, The One Thing) and Greg discuss some of the compatible and parallel elements of their philosophies to reach your highest level of contribution. They demonstrate that with a deliberate and efficient mechanism in place to prioritize actions, one can achieve optimal success in all categories of life from family to business.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
11/16/202045 minutes, 19 seconds
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24. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Anika

This intervention episode introduces us to Anika – PhD student, traveler, and mother. Anika and Greg discuss her experience finding the essential path and making her dreams a priority. They expand on the fears and challenges involved in making adjustments along that journey, and maintaining clarity on what the underlying dream is. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
11/9/202032 minutes, 5 seconds
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23. What's Essential: Banks Benitez on The Magic of the 4-Day Workweek

Banks Benitez (Co-Founder and CEO, Uncharted) tells us how his organization has transitioned from experiment to execution of a four-day workweek. He and Greg go into detail on the challenges involved, the advantages in prioritizing the larger context of life outside work, and the importance of Essentialism in navigating the ongoing journey. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
11/2/202044 minutes, 12 seconds
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22. What's Essential: Gretchen Rubin on Finding Your Highest Point of Contribution

Gretchen Rubin (author, The Happiness Project) shares her insight and work on human nature. Her and Greg discuss some of their own creative motivations, understanding different types of personalities, and the importance of relationships and self-knowledge in leading a happier life. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
10/26/202035 minutes, 2 seconds
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21. What's Essential: Anna McKeown on The Perks of Being Unavailable

On this second inaugural episode of the all-new What’s Essential podcast, Anna McKeown and Greg discuss the importance of escape. They talk about the value of relaxation, disconnecting from productivity, and deliberately creating space in order to find focus and insight. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
10/19/202043 minutes, 47 seconds
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20. What's Essential: Jordan Harbinger on Elite Time Management and Networking

Wall Street attorney turned podcaster, Jordan Harbinger, gives us a detailed perspective on elite time management and higher value relationship building. Jordan and Greg discuss the importance of intentional structure over reaction, and explore efficient systems to apply these methods practically in our own lives. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
10/12/202040 minutes, 22 seconds
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19. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Joanna Davey

In this intervention episode, Joanna Davey shares how Essentialism has been a catalyst to positive, life changing decisions. Joanna and Greg explore familiar domestic challenges, and discuss the importance of creating time, prioritization, and practice in crafting a meaningful life along an essentialist path. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
10/5/202042 minutes, 37 seconds
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18. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Grigory and Elizaveta Kharitidis

In this intervention episode, Grigory and Elizaveta Kharitidis share the uncertainty they have faced in choosing the best path for their family, while encountering challenges to find a community they can call home. The Kharitidis’ and Greg discuss the importance of establishing roots, nurturing opportunity for our children, and creating a culture of values that can be intergenerationally shared. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
9/28/202037 minutes, 39 seconds
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17. What's Essential: Jay Shetty on Thinking Like a Monk

Former monk turned purpose coach Jay Shetty (author, Think Like a Monk) shares his transition from corporate lifestyle to one of service and self-mastery. He and Greg discuss the importance of showing compassion and refining your intention. They explore how meditation as a lifestyle, exercise, and alignment in all internal aspects is a way to achieve genuine happiness. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
9/21/202049 minutes, 28 seconds
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16. What's Essential: An Essential Conversation with Derrick Johnson

In this week’s episode, Derrick Johnson (NAACP President and CEO) shares his perspective and experience as a black man in America. Derrick and Greg have a candid dialogue about the current climate and the differences in how they have had to interface with the world. Together, they explore the importance of embracing that which makes you unique and discuss ways we can all be a part of the often uncomfortable, but necessary change. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
9/14/202047 minutes, 50 seconds
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15. What's Essential: Ben Bergeron on Define Success, Eliminate Everything Else

Former Ironman triathlete turned CrossFit competitor and coach Ben Bergeron (author, Chasing Excellence) shares his perspective on what it takes to obtain ultimate fulfillment and personal success. Ben and Greg discuss the core values and actionable guidelines in creating a winning mindset through an Essentialist path. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
9/7/202039 minutes, 58 seconds
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14. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Robert Glazer

Robert Glazer (author of Elevate, and founder of Acceleration Partners) and Greg discuss the all too common problem of overworking our physical capacity and the obstacles to prioritizing self-care. They expand on practical solutions to ensuring a balance between elevated productivity and essential well-being. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/31/202038 minutes, 42 seconds
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13. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Danielle LaGrone

This intervention episode introduces us to Danielle LaGrone — college professor, wife, and full-time mom. Danielle and Greg discuss the struggle in choosing between outward accomplishments in the corporate domain and the type of fulfillment that comes from a life centered around family. They ponder the influence of society and family on creating this false dichotomy and the empowering clarity to determine what is truly essential. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/24/202049 minutes, 2 seconds
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12. What's Essential: Ryan Holiday on A Conviction of Excellence

How exactly does everything from parenting style to ancient literature influence our accomplishments and constant pursuit of more? Ryan Holiday (The Daily Stoic and Stillness Is the Key) and Greg explore the impact of elite-level motivation, discipline, and introspection on finding essential fulfillment in our personal success.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/17/202046 minutes, 21 seconds
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11. What's Essential: Dr. Cal Newport on Digital Essentialism

Cal Newport, the author of Digital Minimalism and Deep Work, shares his research about the inevitable noise of technology and social media in our minds. He and Greg explore practical methods to unplug digitally and cover essential strategies to find deep focus. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/10/202046 minutes, 1 second
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10. What's Essential: Dr. BJ Fogg on Tiny Habits

This intervention episode explores the mind of BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, and founder of Stanford's Behavior Design Lab. BJ and Greg discuss the challenges of balancing the demand of an ever-busy work schedule and cultivating optimal quality of life. They discuss how the resolution can be achieved by simply applying small changes with an Essentialism approach. Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
8/3/202050 minutes, 41 seconds
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9. What's Essential: The #1 Mistake Successful People Make with Eve Rodsky

Eve Rodsky, author of Fairplay, and Greg discuss the age-old universal problem of gender imbalance when it comes to allocating domestic responsibilities. They dive into the toll this has on couples and families, and explore real, essential solutions to rebalance life at home through organizational and time management strategies. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
7/27/20201 hour, 4 minutes, 36 seconds
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8. What's Essential: The #1 Reason We Struggle with FOMO with Patrick McGinnis

Patrick McGinnis, creator of the term FOMO, and Greg discuss the anxiety we all sometimes feel, globally known as the fear of missing out. From its roots as a biological response to a term amplified in culture through social media, this episode helps us to understand how to combat this feeling through practical decision making, prioritizing what is essential, and turning FOMO into a positive mindset. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
7/20/20201 hour, 1 minute, 13 seconds
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7. What's Essential: An Essential Intervention with Nurse Emily Stewart

This special intervention episode takes you through the eyes of a frontline nurse working through a global pandemic. Emily Stewart (National Health Service) and Greg discuss that authentic struggle we can all relate to. Finding the balance between work and family, putting it all on the table, and having something left at the end of the day. They identify real-life, actionable steps we can all take to begin the Essentialist path. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
7/13/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 40 seconds
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6. What's Essential: David Allen on Getting the Right Things Done

David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, and Greg discuss the practical ways and key specifics to immediately begin the journey of cutting out what is non-essential, both personally and professionally. They go back and forth on the deeper and visionary elements of why it’s beneficial to focus on doing what matters most. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
7/6/20201 hour, 5 minutes, 14 seconds
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5. What's Essential: The Montage at the End of Your Life with Rachel Hollis

Rachel Hollis (CEO of The Hollis Co) & Greg discuss the silver lining of quarantine, taking time to appreciate the things you love, and never being afraid to fail in order to succeed. This powerful episode also touches upon the difficulties of female entrepreneurship, and the importance of living life to the fullest.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/29/20201 hour, 15 minutes, 13 seconds
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4. What's Essential: What's Important Now with Arianna Huffington

Greg and Arianna Huffington discuss growing up as an outsider, the challenges and silver linings of COVID-19, and the importance of prioritizing your life before you get to a point of burning out. Tune in to hear a new side of Arianna's life, journey, and successes pre-Huffington Post and Thrive Global. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/22/202037 minutes, 12 seconds
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3. What's Essential: The Disciplined Pursuit of Home with Drew & Linda Scott

Drew and Linda Scott go into detail on their vastly different upbringings, and how their parents and families have molded them into the people they are today. Greg, Drew and Linda discuss how the world can be changed for the better, and the individual steps it takes each person along the way to create an effective and lasting change.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/22/202049 minutes, 3 seconds
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2. What's Essential: Deep Listening with Dean Helen Williamson

Greg interviews Dr. Dean Helen Easterling Williams, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. In an upfront and candid conversation, Greg and Dean Williams explore the difference in their experiences as academics, leaders, and human beings. Dean Williams' perspective as a black woman, academic, and leader on everything going on in America, and how to most effectively move forward and make change, is a conversation you will not want to miss. Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/22/202058 minutes, 32 seconds
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1. What's Essential: The Birth of Essentialism with Anna McKeown

Greg's first guest is his wife, Anna – listen in as they go back in time to the start of Essentialism, on that day when Greg realized he got it all wrong. Greg and Anna discuss the importance of family, gratitude, and not over-extending yourself and your time in order to create a positive home environment.  Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
6/22/202050 minutes, 10 seconds
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What's Essential: Essentialism with Greg McKeown

Hello, my name is Greg McKeown, and welcome to the Essentialism podcast! Ever since I made the mistake of leaving my hours old baby and my wife, Anna, in the hospital as I went to a non-essential client meeting, I've been on a mission: to get into conversations with the people I meet to encourage them to explore what is essential, how they can eliminate what is not, and to make it as easy as possible to do what really does matter. I've had that conversation through writing a New York Times bestselling book, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, through working with leaders at companies like Apple and Google, and through many interviews, including hundreds of podcasts. But now, and I am absolutely thrilled about this, I get to have that conversation directly with you on an ongoing basis for the first time! Some episodes will be a conversation directly from me to you about what I'm learning, what I'm still getting wrong, along with actionable advice for putting essentialism into practice for real. Some episodes will be conversations with people who are inspiring to me, challenging me to do better, be better. Sometimes we'll have an Ask Me Anything episode. And one day, in the future, I'll be gallivanting out on the road and we'll do some live shows together. The Essentialism podcast will launch in June, episodes will drop every Monday, and you can find me wherever you usually listen to your podcasts. So join me, subscribe right now. Find a design partner to listen with. Invite your friends, family, coworkers, everyone, because here's what I know for sure: you and I have a unique and essential mission in life. And to me, that's a conversation worth having. That conversation is essential.Produced in partnership between Greg McKeown and Wheelhouse Entertainment! Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris" episode 3 Referrals - 21-day Challenge PDF  15 Referrals - $10 digital gift card you can use at stores like Real Simple, Container Store, etc. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast   Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/   Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/   Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Paul Dizon
5/14/20201 minute, 48 seconds