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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

    • Self Help
    • 5.0 • 2 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.

    Anna McKeown on The Perks of Being Unavailable

    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.

    What's Essential Podcast
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    Greg McKeown
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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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    • 41 min
    Jordan Harbinger on Elite Time Management and Networking

    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.

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 38 min
    An Essential Intervention with Joanna Davey

    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.

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 40 min
    An Essential Intervention with Grigory and Elizaveta Kharitidis

    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.

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 35 min
    Jay Shetty on Thinking Like a Monk

    Jay Shetty on Thinking Like a Monk

    Former monk turned purpose coach Jay Shetty (author, Think Like a Monk) shares how his life's calling has taken many profoundly insightful forms, as well as his experience following an Essential Intervention. He and Greg discuss the kind of fulfillment only found through compassion and service to the world. They explore ways we can find alignment within ourselves to create authentic, transcendent happiness.  

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 47 min
    An Essential Conversation with Derrick Johnson

    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.

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

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 45 min

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