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Towards the end of 2018, I was miserable, depressed, and hopeless.

  • A good friend of mine had drowned in Mexico.
  • The woman I was seeing broke up with me two weeks before my 40th birthday and my business partner and I parted ways.
  • The Launch of An Audience of One had failed to live up to my expectations. Ironically, letting go of your expectations was one of the primary messages of the book.

Every single time I got back up after falling, it felt like life punched me in the face and knocked me back down. By every criterion for success I had set for myself, I was failing. I found myself in tears at the dinner table at my parents’ house, unable to explain to my dad why my life was falling apart while my sister was happily engaged and planning a wedding. …

In this interview, Greg Mckeown discusses essentialism and The Disciplined Pursuit Of Less

  • Greg’s thoughts of “Anything is possible for anybody”
  • Finding his Purpose after Law School
  • Greg’s views on situations like the COVID-19 pandemic
  • Undoing Operating Systems in organizations
  • Greg’s Rule — Essentialism
  • Keeping boundaries in relationships

The first step in finding your purpose and passion is to ask yourself, “Do I want all of the downsides that go with the particular upsides?” This is a liberating place to begin and pushes past the unhelpful thinking.

Instead, you should say, “What was I born to do?” According to Greg McKeown, this is the essential path, and what it means to be an Essentialist. …

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Religious scholars, philosophers, psychologists, and humans have been searching for answers to their questions for thousands of years. They’ve searched churches and bars, books, and seminars. They’ve asked Google, Siri, Alexa, and God.

There’s one universal question in every human’s search for answers: how do you live a good life?


If you’re someone like me who has read enough self-help books to start a side hustle as a therapist, you might be asking yourself, “Then why the hell am I reading this?

Notice that you never ask that question about the book that promises you more sex, more money, and more of whatever it is that you think is missing from your life. …


Srinivas Rao

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