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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 What's Essential 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 What's Essential 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.

What's Essential hosted by Greg McKeown Greg McKeown, Scratch Audiohouse

    • Education
    • 4.8 • 324 Ratings

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 What's Essential 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 What's Essential 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.

    Greg and Anna McKeown on Making it Easier to Do What Matters Most

    Greg and Anna McKeown 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/

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    Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse

    Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson

    Co-Produced by Paul Dizon


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    • 35 min
    Matthew McConaughey on Fifty Years of Greenlights (Part Two)

    Matthew McConaughey on Fifty Years of Greenlights (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.

    For a limited time PURCHASE EFFORTLESS and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/

    PURCHASE your copy of GREENLIGHTS: https://greenlights.com/

    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

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    Scratch Audiohouse

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    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


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    • 44 min
    Matthew McConaughey on Fifty Years of Greenlights (Part One)

    Matthew McConaughey on Fifty Years of Greenlights (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.

    For a limited time PURCHASE EFFORTLESS and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE!: https://gregmckeown.com/books/effortless/

    PURCHASE your copy of GREENLIGHTS: https://greenlights.com/

    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

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    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


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    • 43 min
    Jon Acuff on The Surprising Solution to Overthinking

    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


    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 41 min
    Phil Randazzo & Matthew Griffin on Making a Successful Transition

    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


    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 49 min
    Tanya Dalton on Productivity With Bespoke Solutions

    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


    Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices

    • 45 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
324 Ratings

324 Ratings

Studentdadmanager ,

Interesting AND useful

Interesting ideas and and stories, with concepts that can be applied in your own life. This one’s a keeper.

RobinThomas99 ,

Jon Acuff - Overthinking

Fascinating and remarkable conversation between Greg and Jon. I thoroughly enjoyed this conversation. The insights were eye-opening and I look forward to changing my negative soundtracks. My favorite line was that 'it's either a success or a story.' I look forward to reading Overthinking and an unexpected bonus is that I now know about Jon's podcast, All it takes is a goal! Thank you both.

Getting The Right Things Done ,

Always Worth Your Listening Time

Hi Greg,

Once again the “What’s Essential” podcast has created a shift in my perspective. I started my afternoon walk listening to your chat with Jon Acuff (#47). By the end of your podcast my “Soundtrack” changed. Thank you for bring forward insightful topics and supporting my efforts to focus on what’s essential.

In gratitude, N-J

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