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Who the hell is Greg McKeown?

Greg McKeown is a British public speaker and the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less.

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“A choice is an action. It is not just something we have but something we do.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“Boundaries are a little like the walls of a sandcastle. The second we let one fall over, the rest of them come crashing down.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“Done is better than perfect.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“Essentialism: only once you give yourself permission to stop trying to do it all, to stop saying yes to everyone, can you make your highest contribution towards the things that really matter.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“Essentialists see trade-offs as an inherent part of life, not as an inherently negative part of life. Instead of asking, ‘What do I have to give up?’ they ask, ‘What do I want to go big on?’”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“If it isn’t a clear yes, then it’s a clear no.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“If you don’t set boundaries—there won’t be any. Or even worse, there will be boundaries, but they’ll be set by default—or by another person—instead of by design.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“Is this the very most important thing I should be doing with my time and resources right now?”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“One wrong hire is far costlier than being one person short.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“Remember that a clear 'No' can be more graceful than a vague or noncommittal 'Yes'.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“Remember that if you don’t prioritize your life someone else will.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“Sometimes what you don’t do is just as important as what you do.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“The reality is, saying yes to any opportunity by definition requires saying no to several others.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“The word priority came into the English language in the 1400s. It was singular. It meant the very first or prior thing. It stayed singular for the next five hundred years.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“The word school is derived from the Greek word 'schole', meaning 'leisure'. Yet our modern school system, born in the Industrial Revolution, has removed the leisure—and much of the pleasure—out of learning.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“There should be no shame in admitting to a mistake; after all, we really are only admitting that we are now wiser than we once were.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“We can either make our choices deliberately or allow other people’s agendas to control our lives.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“We overvalue nonessentials like a nicer car or house, or even intangibles like the number of our followers on Twitter or the way we look in our Facebook photos. As a result, we neglect activities that are truly essential, like spending time with our loved ones, or nurturing our spirit, or taking care of our health.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance?”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“When we forget our ability to choose, we learn to be helpless.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“When we play, we are engaged in the purest expression of our humanity, the truest expression of our individuality.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism

“You cannot overestimate the unimportance of practically everything.”

Greg McKeown Essentialism