36 episodes

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

    • Self-Improvement
    • 4.8 • 242 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.

    Ethan Kross on How to Harness the Voice In Your Head

    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.

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    Hosted by Greg McKeown
    Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse
    Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson
    Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon

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    • 38 min
    An Essential Intervention with Elena Aguilar

    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.

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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, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson
    Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon

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    • 42 min
    Thomas Dimitroff on Navigating a New Path

    Thomas Dimitroff on Navigating a New Path

    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.

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    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, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson
    Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon

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    • 39 min
    An Essential Intervention with Caroline Achkar

    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. 

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    Greg McKeown
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    Scratch Audiohouse
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    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, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson
    Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon

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    • 41 min
    Anna McKeown on The Birth Of Essentialism (rebroadcast)

    Anna McKeown on The Birth Of Essentialism (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. 

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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, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson
    Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon

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    • 48 min
    Drew & Linda Scott on The Disciplined Pursuit of Home (rebroadcast)

    Drew & Linda Scott on The Disciplined Pursuit of Home (rebroadcast)

    (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. 

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    Scratch Audiohouse
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    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, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson
    Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 48 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
242 Ratings

242 Ratings

HoshBaron ,

I love this show

I just listened to the Gretchen Rubin episode and it’s fantastic. Tons of useful information crammed into a short entertaining conversation. I loved learning about Gretchen’s writing process and how she works as well as hearing her talk about the insights she’s gained. So good!

Ricper12 ,

Essentially, One of the Best Podcasts

Excellent, insightful content, true to the book. I commend Greg for the lack of overt or covert commercialism; I need not wade through seven minutes of ads to get to the subject matter.
His message- doing what is essential, based on one’s own sense of purpose- is more important than ever, in the midst of information overload and dollars chasing our time and attention.

Thanks for what you do and how you do it.

SHCovey ,

Amazing podcast

I love the concept of essentialism and appreciate Gregs work so much. His podcast just adds deeper insight and real world application to his amazing book and work!

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