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Greg McKeown

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Greg McKeown: ...that people who do extraordinary things are just ordinary people

Nobody Told Me!

We’re very excited to welcome back our guest on this episode, bestselling author Greg McKeown. Greg is a highly respected leadership and business strategist and author of the New York Times bestseller, "Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less". That book explored how we can do less, but do better in every area of our lives by embracing the practice of “essentialism”. Greg’s newest book is another New York Times bestseller. It’s called, "Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most".  His website is https://gregmckeown.com/about/     We’re excited to tell you about another great product from our sponsor, Ritual.  It's called Synbiotic+ and it’s a daily 3-in-1 clinically-studied prebiotic, probiotic, and postbiotic designed to help support a balanced gut microbiome.  Ritual’s Synbiotic+ provides two of the world’s most clinically studied probiotic strains to support the relief of mild and occasional digestive discomforts, like bloating, gas, and diarrhea.  Synbiotic+ and Ritual are here to celebrate, not hide, your insides. It’s time to listen to your gut!  Ritual is offering our Nobody Told Me! listeners 10% off during your first 3 months.  Visit ritual.com/NTM to start Ritual or add Synbiotic+ to your subscription today.


7 Feb 2023

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362: The Art of Focus: How to Stop Getting Distracted, Get More Done, & Get Your Brain to Focus with Greg Mckeown, Tim McGraw & Ben Hardy | Mastermind Series

The Rachel Hollis Podcast

Have a question you want Rach to answer? An idea for a podcast episode?? Call the podcast hotline and leave a voicemail! Call (737) 400-4626Listen to the Full Episodes with the guests in this Podcast here: Greg Mckeown - https://apple.co/3Cktf9SKen Coleman - https://bit.ly/3jS3tU8Tim McGraw - https://bit.ly/3VJxAubRobin Arzon - https://bit.ly/3VXT8U1Ben Hardy - https://bit.ly/3GBW7g6Sign up for Rachel’s weekly email: https://msrachelhollis.com/insider/Watch the podcast on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/c/RachelHollisMotivation/videosFollow along on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/MsRachelHollis/To learn more about listener data and our privacy practices visit: https://www.audacyinc.com/privacy-policyLearn more about your ad choices. Visit https://podcastchoices.com/adchoices

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3 Jan 2023

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Effortless: Greg McKeown

Wisdom From The Top with Guy Raz

Leadership strategist and business speaker Greg McKeown is the author of two New York Times-bestselling books: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and Effortless: Make It Easier To Do What Matters Most. The core of McKeown's philosophy of "Essentialism" is to identify what is absolutely essential — and then work to prioritize that, and eliminate everything else. McKeown encourages readers to recognize the trade-offs inherent in trying to "do it all so you can have it all." His framework is helpful for every important decision — in both the professional arena, and the personal.


28 Sep 2022

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#40 Essentialism & Effortless (Greg McKeown, 2014; 2021)

Will & Luke Discuss

This week we discuss both Essentialism and Effortless by Greg McKeown. Two fantastic books that go perfectly together and cover so much in the realm of personal productivity, freedom and time management. Definitely one of our favourites.    Hope you enjoy.  Will & Luke.    00:00 Introductions (Essentials - Explore, Eliminate, Execute) (Effortless - State, Action, Results)  05:00 Concepts of effort in society  07:00 What is an essentialist? What is a non-essentialist?   13:00 The core mindset of an essentialist 'Do less but better'  15:00 Eliminating (what doesn't matter) and Exploring (what is essential to you)   25:00 Importance of trust in shared projects and ways to make projects effortless  28:42 Having the courage to be 'rubbish'. Produce to keep yourself accountable.   29:50 Creating buffers and responding to deadlines. Upper and Lower Limits. "Don't do today what you can't recovery from tomorrow''  34:10 Eliminate - how to cut out the trivial. Saying No. Un-committing. Responding to social norms and external pressures. Weighing up trade offs.   47:15 Hell yeah, or No.   48:50 Effortless - motivation and energy as a limited resources. How to make things easy and not live so relentlessly. Orientation switch. 'If you don't decide your priorities then someone else will'. Doing things that are valuable and matter.   54:30 Final reflections - the difference between doing and being. Identity switch.    Find Greg McKeown's work: https://gregmckeown.com   This specific episode can also be seen on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xHD4IiueE38  Check our Youtube Channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1Y_SKLFpax13442jA3giaw/videos Listen to us on Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/show/2R1BRcriKWcvOU1XMJQhyW Listen to us on Apple Podcasts: https://podcasts.apple.com/au/podcast/will-luke-discuss/id1572512365   Listen to us on Google Podcasts: https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81Zjk2YTNmYy9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Also available on: Anchor, Breaker, Pocket Casts, Radio Public.


3 Aug 2022

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Ep. 94 - Essentialism The Art of Achieving More by Doing Less w/ Greg McKeown

Purpose Chasers ®

If you ever find yourself asking the questions, “What really matters in life?”, “What is our purpose?”, or “What is truly essential?”, then you are not alone. The truth is, we all ask ourselves these types of questions at some point in our lives. We can get so caught up in the noise of life that we forget how to truly live. That’s why our guest this week shares incredible insight into living an essential life and how we can find meaning to these deep questions.  This week, I am speaking with Greg Mckeown, public speaker and author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. We discuss what it means to truly live an essential life by silencing the noise and tuning into our greater callings. Greg shares with us different strategies we can implement in order to make effective decisions for ourselves and those around us. We also dive into the importance of prioritizing your time, setting healthy boundaries, and recognizing areas for improvement.   Topics Discussed: Why we should always be teachable and ready  Implementing strategy for effective decision making  The importance of healthy boundaries & accountability Learning to be present with yourself & those around you The benefits of prioritizing your time & protecting your assets Recognizing essentialism as a collective sport  Changing the way we live our lives by one moment at a time  Gain access to resources and/or work with Mark or his marketing team direct visit: www.markcrandall.net Connect with Greg McKeown Website: https://gregmckeown.com Resources Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0804137382?ie=UTF8&tag=randohouseinc5755-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=9325&creativeASIN=0804137382 --- Quotes: Mark Crandall “The further I get, the more opportunities are present.”  “If I get off my practice and I start to get out of alignment with my practices, I find my life becomes more cluttered.” Greg McKeown “If you don't prioritize your life, somebody else will.” “Many people feel stretched too thin at work and at home. They feel busy but not productive. They feel like their day is being hijacked by other people's agenda for them.” “Books, of course, are not entirely dead things, there is a life to them. But they don’t start breathing and living unless the reader comes and gives the other half of the life so to speak. When the student is ready, the teacher arrives. And it is on us to be in a moment to be teachable and ready.” “Essentialism found you because you were ready, because you were willing to look at your life in that moment and say alright this isn't what I meant to choose. I ended up choosing a strategy that I didn't mean to choose.” “The most important criteria is what my concious dictates what I should do. Ask yourself, “is this right?” “Is this the right thing to do?” Our consciousness is a spiritual thing.” “It’s not about saying no to all the things, it's about saying yes to all the right things.” “I need to have an energized reminder, “pull me back to what’s essential” reminder every week.” “Pause, close your eyes, take a deep breath, get into this moment and ask “what's important now?”, “What is essential now?”, “Is this essential?” And what happens next matters the most. Just do that next thing.” “Each of us has a unique, essential path to live and we always have enough time to complete that mission and to do what is essential.”


14 Jul 2022

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62. Choosing Essentialism I Greg McKeown, teaches how to live by design and not by default

What Now

Greg McKeown, author of the New York Times bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, where he identifies what essentialism is and how to live a life by design and not by default. He shares how to lead in our church callings and counsels with intention and simplicity and what we are really here to do and how to do it. It really comes down to following the “first ping.” Listen to the full episode to find out what that means and how it will change your life!


18 May 2022

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Being an Essentialism Bishop | An Interview with Greg McKeown

Leading Saints Podcast

This is a rebroadcast. The episode originally ran in August 2016.Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people and teams break through to the next level—and others don’t. The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in his New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Greg hosts The Essentialism Podcast and is the CEO of McKeown Inc., with clients including Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Salesforce.com, Symantec, Twitter, VMware, and Yahoo!. Originally from London, England, Greg now lives near Phoenix, Arizona, with his wife Anna and their family.In this interview Greg and Kurt talk about how the principle of Essentialism applies to his calling as bishop and the culture at-large in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. At the time of this recording, Greg was serving as bishop of his ward in California.Highlights1:30 Introduction and Greg’s background and how he ended up in America9:00 Greg’s testimony development14:00 How Greg met his wife16:30 Greg was a coauthor with Liz Wiseman on the book, Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter.19:00 Getting called as bishop21:50 What is Essentialism? The disciplined pursuit of less.22:40 Greg talks about his book Essentialism and why he wrote it.30:30 The closet analogy of essentialism and how it relates to leadershipOur obligation as leaders is not to our traditions, to the past, or to what other people are doing.Strip away all the things that are non-essentials.36:30 The power of saying no. Can I say no to “inspired” requests?Remember to pause and think. Remember that the Lord’s voice wins over any other voice.Divine tradeoffs are a requirement of our lives. There are always hard tradeoffs.There are good and great things but we need to do the essential things.43:20 Think of all the things that Jesus DIDN’T do. He didn’t feel the obligation to do everything. He did His Father’s will. 45:30 How do you create a culture of essentialism in your ward? Focus on the people instead of the programs and activities.When it comes to meetings in the church, have a tight purpose and a loose agenda.55:45 Thomas S. Monson’s experience struggling with the social obligations of his calling versus following the spirit. His life was a beautiful example of putting people first and the social obligations second. 58:30 Think about what sacrifice really is. For thousands of years it meant to kill and to cut a baby lamb. In our day it means to eliminate, or to make a tradeoff. You can’t do it all. LinksEssentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of LessEffortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters MostGregMcKeown.com7 Unbreakable Rules of a MeetingLiz Wiseman Interviews & Articles on LeadingSaints.orgCreating Essential Change In Your Organization | An Interview with Greg McKeownGet 14-day access to the Core Leader LibraryRead the TRANSCRIPT of this podcast

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30 Mar 2022

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#343 Simplify Life and Make Success Effortless with NYT Bestselling Author Greg McKeown

Success Through Failure with Jim Harshaw Jr

Action Plan: https://jimharshawjr.com/ACTION Free Clarity Call: https://jimharshawjr.com/APPLY Fast doesn’t guarantee first. Easy doesn’t mean lazy. Break out of the rat race and learn how to make life— and success— effortless. Greg McKeown has dedicated his career to discovering why some people and teams break through to the next level— and others don’t. The definitive treatment of this issue is addressed in Greg’s New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.” This book challenges core assumptions about achievement to get to the essence of what really drives success. Last year, Greg released another New York Times bestselling book, “Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most”— an empowering guide to achieving your goals that starts with a simple principle: not everything has to be so hard. Aside from being a prolific writer, Greg is also the CEO of McKeown Inc., a leadership and strategy design agency headquartered in Silicon Valley. Their clients include Adobe, Apple, Google, Facebook, Pixar, Twitter, and Yahoo!. I last interviewed Greg back in 2016 where we went on a deep dive into the practice of essentialism. This time, we delve into the mindset of effortlessness: why easy doesn’t mean lazy, how to overcome the inertia to get started, and more. Tune in now! If you don’t have time to listen to the entire episode or if you hear something that you like but don’t have time to write it down, be sure to grab your free copy of the Action Plan from this episode— as well as get access to action plans from EVERY episode— at http://www.JimHarshawJr.com/Action.  


14 Mar 2022

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AP 381: How to Make the Essential Things More Effortless || with Greg McKeown

About Progress

Does your to-do list make you feel burned out? Part of the problem comes from our hustle culture that glorifies people who “have it all” by doing it all. But, in reality, we can’t have–or do–it all, all the time.How can we avoid this burnout when we have so much to do?Greg McKeown has studied and written extensively on this subject. The answer: essentialism. Essentialism is the practice of paring down your life to only the essential. (Ex: simplifying your priorities AND your to-do list.)But, what happens when even the most essential tasks of life STILL overwhelm you?This was also the case for Greg. He discovered that although essentialism is THE start to living a more balanced life, there’s another step that follows: making what’s essential effortless. In this episode, Greg talks about how you (as a REAL woman) can implement his ideas. You’ll leave with two questions you can ask when you feel burned out: “Is this essential?” And, “How can I make what is essential effortless?” Plus, you’ll hear practical steps you can take to actually apply this in your life. If you want to avoid burnout AND have the ability to do what matters most without the hustle, you won’t want to miss this episode! Full Show Notes + Transcript Podcast Sponsor Finding Me Course Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices


7 Mar 2022

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Greg McKeown on Essentialism

Converge: The Business of Creativity Podcast with Dane Sanders

Greg McKeown joins to discuss the idea that pursuing less actually produces more– or put simply, “Essentialism”. He outlines the framework of this philosophy with the tenets, “Explore, Eliminate, Execute”, and dives into how they can positively affect your personal, spiritual, and vocational life. Listen to the whole interview with Greg McKeown for a deep dive into the life-changing philosophy of Essentialism on this episode of Converge. You'll also get a sneak peak into McKweon's book Effortless.https://gregmckeown.com/


22 Feb 2022