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" Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less”
by Greg McKeown
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"Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less" Literary Review
By André Elliott, Ph.D.
Have you ever thought that you were being pulled in too many directions? Perhaps, you have had times in your life when you felt overwhelmed or stressful due to overload. There is a message for you in the book, “Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown.
According to the author, we have been taught from a very young age that hard work is the key to producing good results, and many of us have been amply rewarded for our productivity. In my own life, I can recall many examples of sensing immense accomplishments that I considered the results of a sustained outstanding performance. Truly, I consider myself fortunate to have read this book which juxtaposes and distinguishes the differences between an essentialist and a nonessentialist.
An essentialist distinguishes the the vital few from the trivial many and thinks almost everything is nonessential. A nonessentialist thinks almost everything is essential and views opportunities as basically equal.
Many of us are online every day of the week. However, I recently read a news article that suggested the wisdom of taking a day off to escape the confines of Facebook, twitter, and e-mail. In his book, Mr. McKeown speaks of Bill Gates as a CEO who sets aside a full week to simply think and read, a practice that Mr. Gates has enjoyed for decades. Mr. McKeown recommends we find space in your lives to consider the essential, that is the stuff in this life that really matters. If reading is high on your list of what matters, here are a few titles from Grey McKeown, that you may find to be inspirational:
Zen: The Reason of Unreason
The Wisdom of Confucius
The Holy Bible
To Know and Not Be Knowing
The Meaning of the Glorious Koran: An Explanatory Translation
As a Man Thinketh
The Essential Gandhi
Walden: Life in the Woods
The Book of Mormons
The Meditations of Marcus Aurelius
I recommend you start by reading one of my all time favorites that I think is essential for every man or woman As a Man Thinketh, (click to download the PDF). I consider it among the most essential readings of my life. By the way, “As a Woman Thinketh” is also available online. ###