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Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less - {book review}
Posted by juliekittredge on 07/15/14

"Essentialism isn't about getting more done in less time. It's about getting only the right things done."
 
That is the quote on the inside front flap of the book Essientialism, written by Greg McKeown
 
This book is great for the entrepreneur to the executive working to discern what the best choices are for his or her business and life. It describes the process of making sure you are saying yes to the most important, most essential things ... and letting the rest go. It's about doing what is best and most true to you and your business, not the nonessential things others expect of you. It's about thinking into 5, 10, 20 years from now and looking back on today - what is it you will wish you had done with this day, this time, this choice? What are the essentials that you don't want to regret?
 
The core mindset of the Essentialist is going from:
"I have to" to "I choose to"
"It's all important" to "Only a few things really matter."
" I can do both" to "I can do anything but not everything." 
 
Peter Drucker is quoted in the book as saying, "People are effective because they say no."
 
There is so much more to this easy read. I would definitely recommend this as a worthwhile, maybe essential, read for anyone in business or otherwise. Maybe we'll use it in a future book discussion!

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