“Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

516TXpkm6+L._SX332_BO1,204,203,200_“The way of the Essentialist means living by design, not by default. Instead of making choices reactively, the Essentialist deliberately distinguishes the vital few from the trivial many, eliminates the nonessentials, and then removes obstacles so the essential things have clear, smooth passage. In other words, Essentialism is a disciplined, systematic approach for determining where our highest point of contribution lies, then making execution of those things almost effortless.” Greg Mckeown

OK folks, I have to announce that I have been turned on to a new way of thinking from a book I found on Amazon by Greg Mckeown call “Essentialism. Although I am just starting to get into the book I did a lot of research of the whole world that lives behind the title of essentialism and I have to say that I am pretty excited about it.

I can imagine by selecting those area’s of my life that I really love and applying a concentrated effort to them, like writing for example, and eliminating all the other crap, like trying to bring a computer back to life, I could become extremely good at it. This blended with the lifestyle of a minimalist or one who chooses to live a “Simple Life”, could bring about incredible positive changes. When one becomes an expert in just one thing rather than good at a lot of things he/she becomes valuable in that one area of interest. I will be spending some quiet time over the next week or so read this book and give you a good review based on my own life.

Right now I have about a half dozen books that I have purchased and are waiting for me to crack open in Kindle, but it was this book “Essentialism”, that I opened immediately and started reading. I dove into it with an open mind and noticed how excited I was to do so. This alone is a sign of exactly where my interest really lies. I went through all of the Minimalist books with the same fervent fever and I will learn all there is to learn about this way of life also. I don’t believe that essentialism is even new to my life as I remember teachers telling to pick just one that that I really love and become the best you can be at it. I did this many years ago with computers and it wasn’t long before I was building them, repairing them and earning some pretty good money and it was something that I loved doing. Here is the link to the book: Essentialism

Now for this mornings numbers. My blood sugar this morning is a result of a day of eating a nice sandwich on a roll for lunch yesterday and pizza for dinner. Without a regular work day I had the freedom to eat out of character and I took advantage of it. No salad, no vegetables and I drank very little water. Tonight I will be picking our guests up from PDX in Portland and we will start the whole wedding celebration. I had the day off yesterday to make it to the rehearsal on time and that seemed to go extremely well. I had time to put some last touches on making the house comfortable for our guests, and ran to the store to pick up some last minute items. I will be making a pot roast today in the crockpot and will pick up 6 racks of ribs that I will slow cook tomorrow morning and let them marinate in BBQ sauce in the fridge to go on the grill at the house on the Oregon Coast Monday. I will be mindful of my eating today and my number will be better in the morning.

Blood Sugar- 114, Weight- 177.2

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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14 Responses to “Essentialism” by Greg McKeown

  1. hippyish says:

    Cool! I’ve heard about Essentialism, but haven’t dove in yet – but I really want to, because it seems a perfect fit to what I’m trying to do with my life. Can’t wait to hear your review!

  2. Congrats on the book and the day off to prepare. You seem so focused these days. I wish I were so well prepared when I rise to face each day. I’m working on it. The book sounds interesting. Enjoy your weekend!

  3. Faye Williams says:

    Just off to add this to my wishlist πŸ™‚

  4. New Journey says:

    Essentialism sounds worth the read….my son in law lives this…he finds something, ie: bike riding and delves into heart and soul, he learns everything about it inside and out, outside and it…keeps that in his life then moves onto the next subject…I find him one of the most dedicated people to his life that I know of…..maybe I have it wrong but without knowing anymore than what I read on your post..but it sounds most interesting…maybe you can recommend a book name??? I can feel the weeding excitement through your words….sounds like a magnificent week you have ahead of you and your family….enjoy…weddings are a magical time for sure…take care and pictures please of happiness going on this week….kat

  5. Essentialism! I’m gonna try it. Thanks!

  6. Looking forward to your review and what you make of it.

  7. James says:

    Write a full review once you’ve finished the book. Also, you could copy that review to the book’s page on Amazon. I’m sure the author would appreciate it.

  8. BookWriteHer says:

    In dedicating September to a Kondofest of simplifying and keeping what brings joy I heard a YouTuber mention this book.
    It feels like you need to assess – am I doing what I want and like and getting the other stuff just done. Look forward to your review.
    Up your water intake to balance out any not so good stuff.

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