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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: 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
Join me as we welcome the exceptional Jeff Karp, a Harvard Medical School professor and MIT bioengineer, to share his profound insights on harnessing the power of questioning and interdisciplinary thinking. Jeff takes us on a journey through his book "LIT," a manifesto for personal growth and intellectual curiosity, born from his own experiences with learning differences and ADHD. His story is a testament to the life-altering power of a single question and how it sparked a relentless pursuit of knowledge through intentional inquiry.  This conversation is a heartfelt reflection on the relentless quest for self-improvement and the courage to align our actions with our deepest values, despite the distractions and pressures of daily life. Jeff tackles the complex evolution of self-identity, the journey towards moral maturity, and the importance of adapting to life's constant changes, drawing parallels between the universe's expansion and our own personal growth. Tune in for an enlightening discussion that promises to ignite your mind and inspire a lifelong commitment to learning and self-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
Join me as I continue my fascinating dialogue with Jeff Wetzler, author of "Ask," where we unravel the art of inquiry and its potential to unlock wisdom from those around us. We venture into the 'ask approach,' a transformative five-step journey that begins with choosing curiosity. Listen in as we tackle the complexities of media influence and the critical need for quality questioning amidst a climate of sensationalism and partisanship. We'll explore how CEOs create spaces for honest dialogue within their companies, and I'll share personal anecdotes that illuminate the power of adjusting our approaches for more meaningful exchanges. You'll learn strategies for full-spectrum listening that goes beyond words to emotions and actions, setting the stage for profound connection and understanding. The conversation culminates with the 'sift and turn' method for feedback reflection, a process for discerning valuable insights from critique. We'll discuss how results and relationships are the dual pillars of success in both personal and professional realms, and Jeff's expertise shines as we pinpoint the moments when everything aligns, bringing us to those 'exactly moments' where true progress is made. Don't miss out on these invaluable insights that will surely enhance your communication skills and enrich your life. 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
Join me on a journey through the landscape of communication, as we explore the transformative power of asking the right questions with Jeff Wetzler, author of "Ask: Tap into the Hidden Wisdom of People Around You." Listen in as we uncover why so many crucial insights and feedback go unheard in both professional and personal spheres, with a staggering 85% of employees keeping silent on important matters. This silence can cripple an organization's collective intelligence, leading to poor decision-making and stunted growth. Jeff shares from his experience, revealing how leaders can create an environment that encourages open dialogue and taps into the wisdom of those around them. By acknowledging and understanding communication barriers, we can pave the way for more meaningful connections. Reflect on these insights and more, as we unpack the complexities of human interaction and the art of asking essential questions.. 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
Join me as we continue to embrace the concept of 'less but better' with my guest Leidy Klotz, an adept professor and the author of "Subtraction." Together, we tackle the transformative power of subtraction and simplification in leading a more meaningful and efficient lifestyle. Discover the significance of questioning the necessity of additions and the pervasive 'more is better' culture. This conversation illuminates the need for open communication and collaboration to let go of non-essential tasks and embrace a culture that values simplicity. We'll reflect on the iconic partnership of Jony Ive and Steve Jobs and the power of saying no to maintain focus on our true priorities. By the end of our discussion, you'll be inspired to consider how subtraction can be integrated into your organizational culture and personal life, fostering continuous growth and a higher point of contribution. Buy Leidy's book. Visit Leidy''s website. Follow Leidy in 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 and behavioral science pioneer Leidy Klotz as we uncover the untapped potential of subtraction in our everyday lives. Listen in as we share personal anecdotes and research that reveal our innate tendency to add rather than remove, despite the clear benefits of simplicity. We tackle the intricacies of simplification, not just in our personal habits but extending into complex systems like legislation and workplace practices. We discuss the challenges of recognizing and celebrating the often invisible work of subtraction, despite its crucial role in achieving elegance and efficiency. The power of simplicity shines through as we examine how master innovators like Anna Keichline and tech titans such as Elon Musk and Steve Jobs have used the art of subtraction to revolutionize industries. From one-click purchasing to hollowed-out bricks, the stories shared in this episode underscore the impact of starting with a 'zero step' mentality. So, if you're looking to refine your approach to problem-solving and innovation, this is your cue to strip away the excess and embrace the elegance of less. Tune in and be inspired to identify areas in your life ripe for simplification and join us on this journey toward clarity and efficiency. Buy Leidy's book. Visit Leidy''s website. Follow Leidy in 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
I interview Dr. Dean Helen Williams, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology. In an upfront and candid conversation, we explore the difference in our experiences as academics, leaders, and human beings. Dean Williams' perspective as a black woman, academic, and leader on everything going on in America, and how to most effectively move forward and make change, is a conversation you will not want to miss. 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
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.  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
This week I’m talking with my friend, entrepreneur, and television star Rob Dyrdek. Every time I speak with Rob, I leave with a clearer view of what it takes to get to a completely different level in my life.  The secret Rob has learned that allows him to be so successful is that not all effort is created equal. Rob has carefully designed his life around systems that deliver effortless results today, tomorrow, and forever.  Join us as Rob shares how you can build systems in your life that will allow you to reap residual results.  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
Listen in as we explore the essence of secure attachment, discussing how it transcends mere communication skills and reduces defensiveness during conflicts. Our dialogue also touches on the societal pressures that shape men's fear of failure and women's fear of isolation, illuminating the strength that comes from sharing our innermost fears and embracing the universality of our emotional needs. With perspectives from tech leaders to Gandhi, we question the cost of our dependence on technology and stress the importance of prioritizing human connections to nurture the very fabric of our society. While our time is limited, the insights gained from our discussion are vast, offering listeners a path to deeper self-discovery and the assertion of personal beliefs and values. Join us as we navigate these complex yet essential facets of our lives, fostering environments that promote self-trust and validation. Buy Sue's book Hold Me Tight. Visit Sue's website. Follow her on Instagram, and YouTube. 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 unravel the mysteries of love and attachment with the extraordinary Dr. Sue Johnson, a beacon in the field of psychology and the architect of Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT). In our enlightening conversation, Dr. Johnson shares her insights on the crucial role of emotional connections and secure attachments for our well-being, taking us on a journey through the pivotal ideas of Dr. John Bowlby and the evolution of the science of love. Dr. Johnson's work shines a light on the misconception that attachment is a weakness, revealing it as the essence of our strength and resilience. We tackle the often misunderstood nature of relationship conflicts, revealing that the heart of many disputes is not the disagreement itself but the underlying emotional disconnection between partners. This episode promises to offer profound insights into how we can enhance our personal health, fortify our relationships, and embrace the untapped potential within our most cherished connections. Buy Sue's book Hold Me Tight. Visit Sue's website. Follow her on Instagram, and YouTube. 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
Listen in as we unpack the complex fabric of leadership, where the line between being a genius and a genius maker is explored through the prism of Steve Jobs' iconic tenure. In this Part 2 conversation, we reveal that true innovation lies in substance over style, and that fostering genius is about more than just a harsh leadership style or a signature look. We also shine a light on the accountability of corporate governance, using Theranos' board as a stark example of oversight gone awry. We also take a critical look at technology's double-edged sword, from the transformative power of smartphones to the ethical quandaries presented by AI and potential biases. Join us as we navigate the balance between technological progress and the imperative of maintaining a human touch. Buy Guy's book Think Remarkable. Visit Guy's website. Follow him on Instagram, and 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 for an exhilarating journey with the iconic Guy Kawasaki, whose storied career takes us from the early days at Apple to his influential role at Canva, and as an author who continues to shape the business world. Listen in as we explore the concept of a growth mindset through Guy's eyes, drawing on personal stories from his time with Apple and the opportunities he's seized—or missed—throughout his career. Guy reflects on pivotal moments, like candidly challenging Steve Jobs and the subsequent twists his career took, including the lucrative roles he turned down. The discussion reveals how embracing a growth mindset, as advocated by Carol Dweck, has influenced Guy's decisions and permeates the message of his latest book. It's a revealing look at the balance between seizing chances and the wisdom gleaned from the roads not taken. Tune in for an inspiring conversation that might just change your perspective on success and the potential for growth in every one of us.. Buy Guy's book Think Remarkable. Visit Guy's website. Follow him on Instagram, and 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 for an enlightening conversation with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author, Charles Duhigg, as we unravel the mysteries of supercommunicators and their impact on both personal and professional spheres. Listen in as we consider the innate abilities some individuals possess to connect, persuade, and influence through the power of effective communication, and how the decline in interpersonal communication education has affected our society. The episode brings to light different types of interactions we engage in daily, categorized as helping, hugging, or hearing. We explore research that lays out the traits of a supercommunicator and how simple techniques like using micro questions and matching emotional tones can significantly enhance connection. We delve into the importance of vulnerability and reciprocal sharing in fostering closeness, illustrating how super communicators naturally encourage others to open up, ultimately improving the quality of interactions without making their skills the center of attention. Tune in as we share the belief that anyone can become a supercommunicator by mastering a set of learnable skills, fostering connections that enhance understanding in all facets of life. Buy Charles' books Supercommunicators and The Power of Habit. Visit Charles' website. Follow him on Instagram, and 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
Listen in as Leo Babauta, renowned author, blogger, and creator of Zen Habits, joins us to share his compelling journey from a life weighed down by debt and unhealthy habits to one of simplicity and mindfulness. His story is a powerful demonstration of how changing a single habit can drastically alter the course of our lives. We tackle the often daunting task of breaking and changing habits, examine the captivating design of smartphones and their role as one of today's most addictive objects, and underscore the importance of commitment, emotional investment, and readiness for change. We also delve into the concept of 'urge surfing' and its effectiveness in managing temptations and negative thought patterns, particularly during stressful moments when it's all too easy to revert to old habits. Leo and I discuss practical steps for habit change, from choosing a single focus to understanding the cues that precede unwanted behaviors. Tune in for an enriching dialogue that not only promises personal growth but also empowers you with the confidence to face life's various challenges and design a life of significant value and contribution. Buy Leo's book Essential Zen Habits. Subscribe to his podcast. Visit Leo's website. Follow him on Instagram, and 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 for a thought-provoking journey with the incredible Leo Babauta, a champion of mindfulness and minimalism, as we discuss the transformative practice of slowing down. Listen in as Leo sheds light on the often-overlooked power of simplicity in our hectic lives and how creating mental space within our daily tasks can lead to profound changes. His Zen Habits principles and actionable strategies for habit formation are not only insightful but also equip us with the tools to live more intentionally and find joy in less. Buy Leo's book Essential Zen Habits. Subscribe to his podcast. Visit Leo's website. Follow him on Instagram, and 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 on a thought-provoking journey where we explore the power of choice and the profound tranquility of inner solitude. Drawing from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's timeless reflections in "Gift from the Sea," we ponder the significance of cultivating a personal rhythm in life that allows for creative pauses and the nurturing of vibrant relationships with ourselves and others. Listen in as we discuss the wisdom of finding a peaceful inner space amidst the hectic pace of modern existence. We also reflect on a transformative moment from Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People," emphasizing the space between stimulus and response where our freedom to choose lies. I share actionable strategies for enhancing mindfulness and making deliberate choices, from keeping a choice journal to employing decision delay techniques. Together, we aim to empower you to take control of your life's narrative, ensuring your decisions resonate with your deepest values and aspirations. Let's engage in this reflective episode to inspire personal growth and the intentional living of our highest contribution. 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
Erik lost his wife, Aubrie, to cancer. It was a tragic loss that has left a hole in his life and the life of their young daughter as well. But in losing Aubrie, Erik gained something, too: incredible insight into love, connection, and what truly matters. Their love story, defined by deep connection and resilience through adversity, paints a vivid picture of life's most meaningful treasures. Erik details the inspiring spirit of his late wife, a woman who fought through a traumatic childhood and battled cancer with a combative spirit that turned conflicts into intimacy. We delve into their family life, the impact of Aubrey's illness on their relationship, and the powerful lessons learned about love, mortality, and the importance of cherishing every moment. This episode is a heartfelt testament to living a life focused on love, meaningful connections, and the pursuit of joy, leaving you with a renewed perspective on the significance of the paths we choose. Read Erik's powerful and authentic thread on X. Follow Erik on 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
Join me as I continue my enriching conversation with Mo Gawdat, the former chief business officer at Google X and author of the international best-seller, "Solve for Happy." In this part 2 conversation, we unravel the complexities of human connections in our increasingly digital world. We question the true issues within our relationships, touch upon the concept of essentialism, and dissect the current epidemic of loneliness and the fallacy that online connections can suffice for the authenticity of in-person bonds. We also explore the concept of residual results in endeavors like podcasting, where persistence is key to long-term success. I share insights into the rewarding nature of creating content that resonates and helps others. We conclude by emphasizing the '1000X' approach, aiming to amplify our message through the power of our followers rather than chasing financial gain. Our conversation serves as a reminder of the exponential impact we can achieve by focusing on what truly matters and building systems that provide continuous benefits. Follow Mo on YouTube, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, and X. Visit Mo's website. 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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Feb 5th
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Elizabeth Benvin

"We have created technology to extend our lives. But we haven't created a life that we want to extend." 👍♥️

Oct 29th
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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!

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