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Design a life that really matters. I’m your host, Greg McKeown, author of New York Times bestsellers "Effortless" and "Essentialism" and I’m on mission to help you advocate and negotiate your way to remarkable results without burning out. Come with me on this journey every Tuesday and Thursday as we examine the most essential areas of our lives. Learn more about my books and courses at https://GregMcKeown.com.

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About the Guest: James Rhee is the CEO, educator, and acclaimed author of "Red Helicopter: A Parable for Our Times." He holds the Johnson Chair of Entrepreneurship at Howard University and serves as a senior lecturer at both MIT and Duke Law School. Influenced by the caregiver values of his first-generation Korean immigrant parents, James has played a transformative role in business and education, notably reviving Ashley Stewart from the brink of liquidation while advocating for leadership rooted in kindness and numerical acuity. Episode Summary: Greg McKeown speaks with James Rhee about navigating the complexities of modern success, culture, and capitalism. The discussion dives deep into the concepts of Chung, a Korean principle embodying connection, harmony, and communication, and how it ties into broader societal issues and business practices. McKeown and Rhee explore the symbolic importance of The Blue House in Korea and its reflections on cultural sentiment. Rhee shares his personal journey of reconciling financial capital with social capital. He critiques traditional accounting methods, emphasizing the importance of measuring intangible assets and understanding true value beyond just financial metrics. The conversation als Key Takeaways: Cultural Significance of Chung: Understanding Chung's role in fostering communication and harmony in both personal and professional contexts. Rethinking Success: Evaluating modern metrics of success that go beyond financial capital to include social well-being and long-term sustainability. Accounting for Intangibles: The importance of integrating measurements of intangible assets like employee turnover and social capital into traditional accounting practices. Balance of Joy and Money: Leveraging financial capital as a support system for achieving a fulfilling and joyful life. Redefining Freedom: The paradox of freedom, which includes meaningful relationships and not just the absence of obligations. Notable Quotes: Greg McKeown: "The comfortable life is not an attainable place. That doesn't mean you can't find a sweet spot. But that sweet spot's more like adventure than it is comfort and freedom from all obligation." James Rhee: "Your balance sheet will show me exactly how you've actually lived your life." James Rhee: "Having freedom, paradoxically, means you have to have really good relationships to share that freedom with people that time with." Greg McKeown: "Ever-deepening relationships with those few people that matter most is the only thing in life.” Resources: James Rhee's Book: Red Helicopter: A Parable for Our Times Greg McKeown's Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less TED Talk by James Rhee: "The Value of Kindness at Work" Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guest: James Rhee is the CEO, educator, and acclaimed author of "Red Helicopter: A Parable for Our Times." He holds the Johnson Chair of Entrepreneurship at Howard University and serves as a senior lecturer at both MIT and Duke Law School. Influenced by the caregiver values of his first-generation Korean immigrant parents, James has played a transformative role in business and education, notably reviving Ashley Stewart from the brink of liquidation while advocating for leadership rooted in kindness and numerical acuity. Episode Summary: Greg McKeown hosts James Rhee, an accomplished CEO, educator, and author of the transformative book, "Red Helicopter: A Parable for Our Times." Throughout the conversation, James Rhee uncovers his journey from a young Korean immigrant sharing his lunch in kindergarten to leading a monumental turnaround at Ashley Stewart. His story is rich with lessons on resilience, transformation, and the undeniable power of kindness in leadership and everyday actions. James and Greg delve into the themes of chaos and intuition, discussing how modern life’s overwhelming noise can obscure our innate wisdom and kindness. James eloquently shares how the metaphor of the "red helicopter" symbolizes pure acts of kindness and navigates us towards simplicity amidst chaos. The episode also explores how the pursuit of success can sometimes stifle curiosity and diminish one's true self, with James reflecting on the years he spent following societal norms of success that ultimately left him unfulfilled. He challenges listeners to rediscover joy, connectedness, and meaningful human interactions in a world increasingly driven by digital distractions. Key Takeaways: The Power of Simple Acts: Small, intuitive acts of kindness, like sharing a meal, can have profound impacts and serve as a guiding principle throughout life. Navigating Chaos with Intuition: In a world filled with information overload, trusting one's intuition can help navigate the noise and make meaningful decisions. Distinction Between Intelligence and Wisdom: Being smart and being wise are distinct, with wisdom requiring lived experiences and the ability to ask deeper questions. Rediscovering Curiosity and Joy: Success shouldn't come at the cost of losing one's curiosity and joy in life. James encourages engaging in meaningful hobbies and reading for pleasure to enrich life. Human Connectedness: Emphasizing the Korean concept of Chung, James highlights the importance of genuine human connections that transcend time and space, vital for a fulfilling life. Notable Quotes: "The problem was very simple. There was a boy. I liked him. He made me laugh. He didn’t have food. I had some. I solved the problem and I gave it to him." — James Rhee "I felt myself becoming less interesting, you know, like lost hobbies. I have a big passion for music. Stopped playing music, stopped taking lessons." — James Rhee "Most of the books that get written these days, they profit off of you being confused." — James Rhee "Intelligence is about information and skills, but wisdom is about the lived experience and connecting with the deeper aspects of life." — Greg McKeown "Chung is like a connectedness between people. It’s a feeling of just... it’s a feeling that transcends linearity. It transcends. It bends time." — James Rhee Resources: James Rhee's Book: Red Helicopter: A Parable for Our Times Greg McKeown's Book: Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less TED Talk by James Rhee: "The Value of Kindness at Work" Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guest: Matt Gutman is the ABC News Chief National Correspondent whose career and personal journey have captivated millions. With a coverage history spanning nearly 50 countries, Matt has reported from the battlefields of the Middle East and Eastern Europe to natural disasters and key events in the US. He is the author of "No Time to Panic: How I Curbed My Anxiety and Conquered a Lifetime of Panic Attacks," a candid memoir about his battle with panic attacks. He also authored "The Boys in the Cave," detailing the rescue of the Thai soccer team from a flooded cave. Matt currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Episode Summary: Greg engages with renowned journalist Matt Gutman to explore the profound impacts of panic attacks and the journey of self-discovery that follows. Matt candidly discusses a critical error in his reporting on Kobe Bryant and its aftermath, highlighting the pressures of being first in the news media versus the importance of accuracy. This enlightening conversation delves into the mental health challenges faced by those in high-pressure roles and the transformative journey Matt undertook to address these issues. The discussion reveals Matt's struggle with panic attacks, triggered by the demanding environment of TV journalism, and his subsequent journey towards mental well-being. Matt shares his experiences with various forms of therapy, including breath work and altered states induced by psychedelics, which played crucial roles in helping him access and process deeply buried emotions. This episode is a deep dive into the vulnerabilities we all face and the continuous effort required to confront and overcome them. Key Takeaways: The dilemma of accuracy versus being the first to report in journalism can have significant personal and professional consequences. Panic attacks in high-stress professions are common and often require unconventional methods to address. "Wellness is work" - the journey to mental well-being is ongoing and requires constant effort. Holistic and alternative therapies, such as breath work and psychedelics, can be instrumental in accessing and processing deep-seated emotions. The support of loved ones, exemplified by Matt's wife's unwavering support, is crucial during times of personal crisis. Notable Quotes: "In the trust fall of life, I'll be caught. It's gonna be okay." "Conventional therapy couldn't get there for me because I'm the gold Olympic medalist in compartmentalization." "Humans are among the most cooperative species on the planet. Social rejection is essentially a fear of death." Resources: Books: "No Time to Panic: How I Curbed My Anxiety and Conquered a Lifetime of Panic Attacks" by Matt Gutman "The Boys in the Cave" by Matt Gutman Contact: Matt Gutman Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guest: Matt Gutman is the ABC News Chief National Correspondent whose career and personal journey have captivated millions. With a coverage history spanning nearly 50 countries, Matt has reported from the battlefields of the Middle East and Eastern Europe to natural disasters and key events in the US. He is the author of "No Time to Panic: How I Curbed My Anxiety and Conquered a Lifetime of Panic Attacks," a candid memoir about his battle with panic attacks. He also authored "The Boys in the Cave," detailing the rescue of the Thai soccer team from a flooded cave. Matt currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and two children. Episode Summary: Greg dives deep with ABC News Chief National Correspondent Matt Gutman. Matt shares his enthralling journey reporting from hotspots around the globe and delves into his struggle with anxiety and panic attacks, revealing a facet of his life seldom seen on TV. With a career spanning wars, natural disasters, and pivotal events, Matt's life and career are marked by resilience and remarkable bravery. Matt discloses the profound impact of early traumas, including the loss of his father in a plane crash and his mother's battle with Hodgkin's disease, on his career choices. He also speaks about his tenure at the Jerusalem Post, the burden of perfectionism, and the eventual on-air panic attack that drastically altered his path. The discussion intricately weaves through themes of mental health, high-stakes journalism, and personal growth, making it a compelling listen for anyone interested in human resilience and storytelling. Key Takeaways: The Effect of Early Trauma: Matt shares how the loss of his father and his mother's illness shaped his life and career. Journalism Adventures: His time at the Jerusalem Post and the intense experiences that characterized his early journalism years. The Burden of Titles: How the prestigious title of ABC's Chief National Correspondent brought an unexpected pressure that contributed to his panic attacks. Panic Attack Live on Air: Details of the on-air panic attack during the reporting of Kobe Bryant's helicopter crash and its aftermath. Mental Health Journey: Insights into how Matt confronted and managed his anxiety and panic attacks through various means, including writing his book. Notable Quotes: "With great negligence comes great opportunity." "My greatest characteristic was grit and pluck. It was chutzpah." "I felt like I had to achieve to a higher standard, and that put more pressure on me." Resources: Books: "No Time to Panic: How I Curbed My Anxiety and Conquered a Lifetime of Panic Attacks" by Matt Gutman "The Boys in the Cave" by Matt Gutman Contact: Matt Gutman Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Do you ever feel like you want to make a more meaningful contribution but you’re not sure how? Or maybe you know what you would like to do but get hung up on the fear of the unknown? Join me as I talk with Ken Coleman, Ken is a successful author and host of The Ken Coleman Show where he helps people define their purpose and discover the steps they need to take to pursue it.  Join us as we discuss:  How to clearly discover your purpose. How to overcome fear and other obstacles that keep you from pursuing your purpose. What leaders can do to make work more meaningful for employees. You’ll love Ken’s simple, actionable ideas on how to live a more meaningful life. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
When you get clear on what really matters in your life, everything else starts to fall into place.  You make decisions differently. Your perspective changes. You begin to seek purpose over achievement.   This week I am joined by Molly Fletcher. Molly is a former sports agent turned speaker, author, and consultant. As someone who has represented some of the world's most notable athletes, she offers a unique perspective on success.  In this episode, we discuss: Why purpose is more important than achievement. How to manage your energy, so you are at your peak performance when it really matters. Strategies to help you be a better negotiator. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
One of the most significant setbacks of the last few years has been the dismantling of many of our boundaries and routines. I think we have all felt this. Whether you are living out of your inbox, overwhelmed with texts and notifications, or have found yourself caught up in a zoom-eat-sleep-repeat lifestyle, it's an exhausting way to live. Join me this week to learn how you can reestablish boundaries and routines that will allow you to take back control of your calendar - and your life - making it easier to accomplish what’s most important. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Leadership expert and pastor Carey Nieuwhof (author, At Your Best) joins Greg to talk about leadership and designing a life today that will help you thrive tomorrow. They discuss the need to relinquish control, automation, and building a team that can help you grow. They explore how to recognize burnout and the framework for creating a sustainable pace for success in the long run. This episode's book recommendation: At Your Best by Carey Nieuwhof Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Have you ever been so busy addressing peripheral issues but have that sinking feeling that the real core of the issue is not being addressed? This is part one of a four-part solo series on that subject, and upcoming guest episodes will also be providing more insight on the same subject. By the end of today's episode, you will understand that the seminal research was produced on the distinctive difference between problem finding and problem solving, and you'll begin your journey of improving skill in this essential area. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guest: Ryan Kugler is an embodiment of passion turned into a successful career. Starting his journey with a stark fascination for filmmaking and Hollywood magic, Ryan was networking and producing his own film assignments by the age of 13. His early interest in film set the stage for his entrepreneurial journey. A seasoned entrepreneur, Ryan has forged a path that spans film, entrepreneurship, strategic business development, and more. Known for his tenacity to make things happen, he approaches challenges with a mindset where anything is achievable. Today, he stands as a testimony to effective communication, kindness, and an unyielding drive, with a portfolio that includes running a wholesale business and organizing large-scale events through his event company. Episode Summary: In this episode, Greg McKeown and Ryan Kugler discuss the importance of execution and how to become an executionist. They explore the qualities and skills required to be an effective executor, including the ability to make quick decisions, take initiative, and prioritize tasks. They also share insights on how to identify and hire executionists, as well as strategies for motivating and empowering employees to become more execution-oriented. The conversation highlights the significance of purpose and context in driving execution and offers practical tips for improving execution skills in various professional settings. Key Takeaways: Executionists are individuals who excel at getting things done quickly and efficiently. They possess the ability to make quick decisions, take initiative, and prioritize tasks effectively. Hiring executionists involves assessing their decision-making speed and ability to take immediate action. Indecisiveness and overthinking are red flags that indicate a lack of execution-oriented mindset. Providing purpose and context is crucial in motivating individuals to become executionists. By explaining the reasons behind tasks and projects, leaders can help employees understand the importance and urgency of their actions. The one-three-one method is a decision-making tool that can help individuals transition from non-executionists to executionists. It involves naming one problem, generating three possible solutions, and making one recommendation based on research and analysis. Compatibility between leaders and employees is essential for effective execution. Leaders should seek individuals who align with their execution-oriented mindset and can work well within the organization's execution-focused culture. Notable Quotes: "Someone who can make a decision quickly will make a decision 90% of the time correctly. And if it's not correct, they will fix it and make it 100% correct within five minutes." - Ryan Kugler "The ability to make things happen is surely one of the primary skills in all of life." - Greg McKeown Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guest: Ryan Kugler is an embodiment of passion turned into a successful career. Starting his journey with a stark fascination for filmmaking and Hollywood magic, Ryan was networking and producing his own film assignments by the age of 13. His early interest in film set the stage for his entrepreneurial journey. A seasoned entrepreneur, Ryan has forged a path that spans film, entrepreneurship, strategic business development, and more. Known for his tenacity to make things happen, he approaches challenges with a mindset where anything is achievable. Today, he stands as a testimony to effective communication, kindness, and an unyielding drive, with a portfolio that includes running a wholesale business and organizing large-scale events through his event company. Episode Summary: In this episode I dive into the captivating life story of Ryan Kugler, whose early days on the set of iconic productions shaped his future in entrepreneurship and event organization. As an enigmatic figure who believes in the essence of persistence, Ryan's journey from mingling with film stars as a teenager to masterminding large-scale events is nothing short of inspirational. The conversation uncovers Ryan's innate ability to execute with precision, his transition from the creative aspirations of a director to the orchestration skills of a producer, and the relentless pursuit of bringing visions to life. Discussing the mechanics of networking and action, Greg McKeown and Ryan Kugler explore how a mix of curiosity and chutzpah can overcome challenges and create exceptional outcomes. With a tone that's both aspirational and grounded, the episode is a treasure trove for aspiring entrepreneurs and creators alike. Key Takeaways: Ryan Kugler's early exposure to film and sets led to a pivotal encounter with Ted Danson, resulting in an opportunity to direct a short film at the age of 13. Ryan's talents lean more toward production and getting things done, showcasing an ability to handle logistics and persevere through challenges. The value of face-to-face networking and bold initiative is vital in Ryan's success, breaking through conventional barriers and accessing opportunities. The episode highlights the concept of holding '5000 things in your head' and the notion of instant productions, where Ryan excels in his event planning business, creating temporary, intricate setups for diverse events. Execution as an art form is underscored by the interview, demonstrating that bringing a great idea to life involves seamless collaboration, perseverance, and constant learning. Notable Quotes: "If you just keep persisting in your goal and your passion... you're going to get what you want." - Ryan Kugler "Everyone has a passion for something... you just have to persist and just keep going after it." - Ryan Kugler "Execution... it's about bringing all this talent together... and they knock off all the edges... and eventually you've got something that's polished and it's beautiful." - Greg McKeown Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dr. Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine and a clinical nutritionist. He is passionate about helping people use food, lifestyle, and mindset to heal and prevent illness. Dr. Axe graduated from Johns Hopkins University and earned a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. He founded a functional medicine center in Nashville, which grew to become one of the most renowned clinics in the world. Dr. Axe is the founder of the website draxe.com, one of the top natural health websites globally. He also hosts a fast-growing show and podcast, "The Dr. Axe Show," where he covers topics related to health, mindset, personal growth, and spiritual growth. Dr. Axe has interviewed notable guests such as Carrie Underwood, Dave Ramsey, and Jamie Kern Lima. He recently authored a book titled "Think This, Not That," which explores mindsets that can lead to breakthroughs in life. Episode Summary: Greg welcomes Dr. Josh Axe for part two of a profound discourse on personal growth, fulfilling one's potential, and the overarching importance of adopting the right mindset. This episode promises to unravel the enigmatic threads connecting beliefs, accomplishments, and the essence of a life well-lived, instilled with purpose and meaningful relationships. Josh delves into the concept of 'telos,' a Greek term for ultimate purpose, while sharing a touching narrative about his grandfather's life. Through this poignant story, he imparts the crucial distinction between achieving success through material accomplishments versus fostering robust, impactful relationships. Greg and Josh converge on the notion that at the core of truly transformative mind shifts lies the relentless pursuit of truth, emphasizing that uncovering falsehoods can unlock barriers to personal growth. Key Takeaways: Relationships should be prioritized over achievements, with a focus not just on their importance but also discerning which relationships matter most. True success is not measured by what one accumulates or achieves, but by who they become and the relationships they foster. The single most potent mindset shift is the commitment to relentlessly uncovering truth, unearthing deeper realities beneath surface appearances. Essentialism teaches the elimination of non-essentials to reveal what's fundamentally important: relationships. The courage to seek, speak, and act upon truth paves the way for significant life upgrades and authentic self-realization. Notable Quotes: "Success is not what I accomplish. It's who I become." "The best way to find truth is by looking at who has the best results towards the good of the world.” “If you just try and accomplish something for the sake of accomplishing it, you could hurt feelings. You could ruin relationships." Resources: Website: draxe.com Book: "Think This, Not That" by Dr. Josh Axe Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Dr. Josh Axe is a certified doctor of natural medicine and a clinical nutritionist. He is passionate about helping people use food, lifestyle, and mindset to heal and prevent illness. Dr. Axe graduated from Johns Hopkins University and earned a Master of Science in Organizational Leadership. He founded a functional medicine center in Nashville, which grew to become one of the most renowned clinics in the world. Dr. Axe is the founder of the website draxe.com, one of the top natural health websites globally. He also hosts a fast-growing show and podcast, "The Dr. Axe Show," where he covers topics related to health, mindset, personal growth, and spiritual growth. Dr. Axe has interviewed notable guests such as Carrie Underwood, Dave Ramsey, and Jamie Kern Lima. He recently authored a book titled "Think This, Not That," which explores mindsets that can lead to breakthroughs in life. Episode Summary: In this episode, Greg interviews Josh Axe about the power of mindsets and mind shifts in achieving personal growth and making a significant impact in the world. Josh shares two personal stories of mind shifts that transformed his life—one involving a life-threatening medical condition and another related to his academic abilities. He emphasizes the importance of adopting growth mindsets and seeking inspiration from individuals who have achieved greatness in various fields. The conversation delves into the role of limiting beliefs, the impact of the medical profession's fixed mindset, and the need to challenge societal narratives. Josh also discusses the significance of character development and the pursuit of one's unique gifts and talents to maximize personal growth and make a positive difference in the world. Key Takeaways: Mindsets and mind shifts are crucial for personal growth and making quantum leaps in life. Limiting beliefs can hinder individuals from fulfilling their potential and achieving their goals. Seeking inspiration from individuals who have achieved greatness can help shape positive mindsets. Combining character development with the pursuit of one's unique gifts and talents leads to maximum personal growth and impact. Creating space for silence and reflection is essential for hearing one's conscience and calling. Notable Quotes: "If we sit here and believe that we can only get as good as what others tell us, we won't experience breakthroughs or miracles." - Dr. Josh Axe "We constantly have people in our lives telling us we're not smart enough, not good enough, not worthy. If we believe it, it can put a cap on our potential." - Dr. Josh Axe "The people who do the most in this life are the ones who think most about the next life." - Dr. Josh Axe "Busyness and noise can drown out our conscience and calling. Creating space for silence and reflection is crucial." - Dr. Josh Axe Resources: Website: draxe.com Book: "Think This, Not That" by Dr. Josh Axe Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guest: Laura Martin is the Executive Productivity Advisor at Google and the author of the book, Uptime: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing. She started her career at Google, where she taught people how to manage their inbox effectively. This passion grew into a full-time role, and she now works with executives one-on-one and runs the productivity program at Google. Laura is the author of the book. Episode Summary: In this episode, I interview Laura Mae Martin, a productivity expert and author, about the importance of setting boundaries with technology and creating systems to enhance productivity. Laura shares her personal experience of implementing a tech-free evening once a week and the positive impact it has had on her overall well-being. She also discusses the various systems she has put in place to minimize distractions and maximize focus, such as setting up email labels and notifications, using wearable devices, and customizing her digital environment. The conversation delves into the challenges of technology addiction and the need for intentional use of devices to align with personal priorities. Key Takeaways: Implementing a tech-free evening once a week can provide a much-needed break from constant connectivity and allow for quality time with loved ones. Creating systems and setting boundaries with technology can help minimize distractions and increase focus on essential tasks. Customizing email labels and notifications can help prioritize important messages and reduce the overwhelm of a cluttered inbox. Using wearable devices can provide a way to stay connected without getting caught up in the distractions of a smartphone. Taking control of personal intention and being intentional about technology use can empower individuals to make conscious choices and maintain a healthy work-life balance. Notable Quotes: "Your intention is your only power that you carry. If you are applying intention to the way you use that device, to the way that you use your time, all of those things become your control." - Laura Martin "No tool is going to solve all your problems. People are looking for the hottest new productivity tool. No device is going to be your biggest problem. It's always about how you are using your own intention, your own systems within all of those things, that makes the biggest difference in your overall well-being and your productivity." - Laura Martin Resources: Laura Martin's website Laura Martin on LinkedIn Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guest: Laura Martin is the Executive Productivity Advisor at Google and the author of the book, Uptime: A Practical Guide to Personal Productivity and Wellbeing. She started her career at Google, where she taught people how to manage their inbox effectively. This passion grew into a full-time role, and she now works with executives one-on-one and runs the productivity program at Google. Laura is the author of the book. Episode Summary: In this episode, Greg McKeown interviews Laura Martin, a productivity expert at Google. They discuss the importance of aligning your current self with your future self and making decisions that your future self will thank you for. Laura shares practical tips on how to apply this concept in your daily life, such as reviewing your schedule and making adjustments to prioritize what truly matters. They also delve into the power of defining your top three priorities and aligning your calendar with those priorities. Laura shares insights from her work with executives, including the CEO of Warner Music Group, who successfully implemented this system. The episode concludes with a discussion on the courage to be rubbish and the importance of making strategic trade-offs to focus on what truly matters. Key Takeaways: Aligning your current self with your future self is crucial for living a fulfilling life. Ask yourself, "What will future me wish I had done right now?" to make decisions that prioritize what truly matters. Defining your top three priorities and aligning your calendar with those priorities helps you focus on what truly matters. Communicate these priorities to your team and delegate tasks accordingly. Use the rule of three to remember and prioritize information. Our brains seek patterns and grouping things in threes helps with memory and focus. Saying no is essential to protect your time and energy. Ask yourself, "What is the worst thing that would happen if I never do this?" and consider if there are alternative ways to accomplish the task or if it can be half-done and moved on from. Embrace the courage to be rubbish and make strategic trade-offs. Not everything needs to be perfect or optimized. Focus on what truly matters and let go of non-essential tasks. Notable Quotes: "What will future me wish I had done right now?" - Laura Martin "Don't tell me your priorities, show me your calendar." - Laura Martin Resources: Laura Martin's website Laura Martin on LinkedIn Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Join me as I continue my enriching dialogue with Emmy Award-winning creator Topaz Adizes. Together, we explore the profound art of meaningful conversation through the lens of Topaz's compelling questions from his card game and book. Discover how to craft questions that not only initiate dialogue but also create a narrative journey, leading to intimacy and understanding in our most significant relationships. Hone your conversational skills with us as we examine the subtleties of question formulation. I share strategies for asking more impactful questions and offer a framework that can transform the way you approach dialogues. The episode culminates with a heartfelt invitation to reflect on the essence of love and connection by considering the profound questions posed in Topaz's "12 Questions for Love." Tune in to this thought-provoking episode and equip yourself with the tools for fostering deeper relationships and conversations that truly matter. Visit Topaz's website. Buy Topaz's book and card game. Follow Topaz on LinkedIn. Follow Skin Deep on YouTube and Instagram. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Join me and the visionary Topaz Adizes, as we explore the profound influence of intentionality in crafting sacred spaces within our lives. Topaz, an Emmy award-winning expert in experience design, shares his insights on how the spaces we inhabit and the questions we pose can shape our relationships and deepen our connections. Together, we uncover the essence of creating meaningful interactions, emphasizing the necessity of being present and mindful with those who matter most. In our enlightening discussion, we illuminate the space between individuals through the art of asking transformative questions. By sharing the methodology behind curating these questions, we invite listeners to grasp the power of shared understanding and the lasting change it can bring to our relationships. Tune in to this heartening dialogue, and be inspired to take immediate action, applying the insights gained to enrich your life and the lives of those around you. Visit Topaz's website. Follow Topaz on LinkedIn. Follow Skin Deep on YouTube and Instagram. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guests: Noah Kagan is an accomplished entrepreneur, the founder, and CEO of AppSumo, a company aimed at enabling entrepreneurs by providing them with tools and resources to grow their businesses. He's a recognized leader in the field, renowned for his innovative approach to business and entrepreneurship. Noah is the author of the book "Million Dollar Weekend," where he shares insights on launching a successful business promptly. Taylor Wallace is an employee at AppSumo who brings a unique perspective to the entrepreneurial landscape. Rather than helming his own venture, he thrives within the structure of an established company, contributing his expertise and enjoying the security and dynamics that come with being part of a team. Episode Summary: In this "Restate Debate", we unpack the intricate dynamics between entrepreneurship and employment with guests Noah Kagan and Taylor Wallace. The dialogue delves into the compelling narrative of Noah's book "Million Dollar Weekend," an exploration of the initial steps to creating a thriving business and the exhilarating potential of a founding weekend. However, the conversation takes a fascinating twist, questioning not only how to launch a successful business but also the less-often considered – should you? In a candid and introspective exchange, Noah and Taylor navigate the dichotomies of their experiences within the workforce. They engage in a dialogue format that emphasizes empathy and understanding by having participants articulate each other's viewpoints before defending their own. With Noah advocating for the nuanced benefits of entrepreneurship and Taylor reflecting on the stability and growth opportunities found in employment, the discussion illuminates a spectrum of work and business ideologies. Key Takeaways: Starting a business carries unique creative gratification in manifesting an idea into existence and impacting lives. The stability, structure, and outlined expectations in an employee role can be as satisfying as the control and flexibility entrepreneurship affords. Personal seasons of life, risk tolerance, and lifestyle preferences play critical roles in one's choice between entrepreneurship and employment. Restate debates can foster deeper understanding and empathy by challenging individuals to fully comprehend and articulate opposing viewpoints. Entrepreneurship and employment are not binary options but rather points on a continuum of professional fulfillment and personal life choices. Notable Quotes: "The hardest part about starting a business is doing the work and starting." - Taylor "I like the structure of being an employee... They only owe me mentally till 05:00 p.m." - Noah "If you offered me Noah's salary, I would say yes. But if you offered me Noah's job, I would say no, thank you." - Taylor Resources: "Million Dollar Weekend" book by Noah Kagan AppSumo.com - Noah Kagan's platform for entrepreneurs Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
About the Guest: Noah Kagan is the trailblazing entrepreneur and marketing guru best known as the Chief Sumo at AppSumo.com, a platform championing the empowerment of entrepreneurs. His professional journey saw humble beginnings as a "cubicle monkey" at Intel before he became employee number 30 at Facebook and number four at Mint. These early career milestones equipped him with deep insights into business startups, marketing, and personal development. He's also the author of "Million Dollar Weekend," a guide aimed at revolutionizing entrepreneurial thinking and successful business launches. Episode Summary: In the latest episode of the Greg McKeown podcast, we're gifted with the presence of Noah Kagan, unveiling the fabric of successful entrepreneurship in a discussion soaked with wisdom and practical advice. The episode transcends the traditional entrepreneurial dialogue, exploring the significance of starting small, embracing failures, and adopting continuous learning as a cornerstone of personal and professional growth. Noah unpacks his journey through the landscape of high-impact businesses, reflecting on the monumental effects of his formative experiences at Facebook and Mint. The conversation delves into the motivations behind his new book "Million Dollar Weekend," a crystallization of his entrepreneurial philosophy. The pair examine the psychological barriers that aspiring entrepreneurs face and how to overcome them to create businesses capable of reaching the million-dollar mark, emphasizing the importance of taking initial actionable steps. Embracing the ethos of essentialism, they unravel how the courage to start, despite the fear of being subpar, is often the defining trait between successful entrepreneurs and mere dreamers. Resources: "Million Dollar Weekend" book by Noah Kagan AppSumo.com - Noah Kogan's platform for entrepreneurs Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
Join us as we explore the transformative journey of lifelong learning, where the pursuit of knowledge reshapes our very being. As we discuss, learning is not static; it's an ever-evolving process that requires us to reassess the foundations of our understanding and embrace the idea that our knowledge and beliefs are as malleable as astronauts defining 'down' in space. In this episode, we dissect the art of inquiry, emphasizing the potency of asking the right questions, whether in scientific seminars or everyday conversations. By understanding the importance of well-crafted questions, we can transform superficial interactions into meaningful exchanges, uncovering the strategic narratives of those around us. Jeff shares how inspiration from nature led to groundbreaking medical products, exemplifying the importance of maintaining a keen observational eye. Further, we examine how mindfulness and observation can rekindle our innate curiosity, deepen our connection with the environment, and reveal the miraculous in everyday life. So, take a moment to pause, listen, and let yourself be inspired by the wonders that surround us and the infinite possibilities of continued growth and discovery. Buy Jeff's book. Follow Jeff on LinkedIn, and X. Join my weekly newsletter. Learn more about my books and courses. Join The Essentialism Academy. Follow me on LinkedIn, Instagram, X, Facebook, and YouTube. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Elizabeth Benvin

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Lynne Allard

What an amazing exercise! I'd love to see the 6-page summary of Essialism that Banks so kindly offered to share; is it accessible? Thankyou again for an incredible interview!

Jan 26th
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Anna Blacklock

Thank you Greg and Anna for sharing your thoughts and wisdom , in what we can think about as essential for longevity of clear communication and understanding within relationships . The way you come across as so conscientious of each other’s perspectives and wanting to understand each other in a way that elevates each other to the best they can be is so inspiring , and empowering. For myself to have hope that this kind of relationship is totally possible and not just a dream has been essential . Thank you again Anna

Nov 4th
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Sean Reid

Fabulous podcast/coaching session!

Aug 4th
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