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Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Felt busy but not productive? Or like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? I'm Greg McKeown, and welcome to the What's Essential podcast. Through my best-selling book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, I've been fortunate to help many people deliberately distinguish the vital few from the trivial many and then remove these obstacles to create a clear path to accomplishing what matters. The Way of the Es ...
 
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On this Part 2 episode, Greg conducts a solo Q&A for listeners most requested questions from his best selling books Efforless and Essentialism! Some of the topics include: How to reinvent your intent, Strategies to be the best person you can be and the 12 steps to identifying What's Essential? For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-D…
 
On this episode (Part 1), Greg conducts a Q&A for listeners most requested questions! For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown…
 
Author Ken Coleman talks the importance of growth, defining your purpose and conquering the fear of the unknown! For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown Twitter LinkedIn Instagram Scratch Audiohouse Instagram LinkedIn Cred…
 
Anna McKeown joins Greg for a candid conversation on the importance to nurture the power of choice in your family. They discuss the significance of knowing the "why" of how we make decisions, the mind set of Essentialism and making the right plan for your family with a purpose. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (an…
 
Simon Sinek, Inspirational Speaker and Global "Best Selling" Author (Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better, Find Your Why and The Infinite Game) joins Greg to talk about the power of finding your "why". They discuss the importance of being clear on what you want, developing the courage to re-invent yourself and creating specific steps to improve you…
 
In this direct to audience episode, Greg discusses the realization that the method of achieving something important is just as vital as the goal itself. He explores five specific things we can do right now to achieve breakthrough results in a way that does not burn us out. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and dow…
 
Leadership and mindset speaker Dave Hollis (author, Built Through Courage) joins Greg for a conversation on navigating life when you find yourself in the unimaginable. They talk about facing your fears and following the path you were meant to follow. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effo…
 
Communication coach and strategy consultant Dorie Clark (author, The Long Game) joins Greg to talk about the importance of long-term strategy in order to achieve our biggest goals. For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown T…
 
On this episode, Molly Fletcher entrepreneur, motivational speaker, former sports agent and author of "The Energy Clock" talks to Greg about the importance of balancing your energy to do the priority work of our lives! For a limited time purchase Effortless and get the 21-Day Challenge (and download Chapter 1 of Effortless) FREE! What's Essential P…
 
On this first ever direct to audience episode, Greg discusses the subject of misunderstanding and how being understood is one of the most important needs for greater clarity in our lives. He talks about the disproportionately powerful skill of deep, skillful listening in any interaction or conversation and how it can be applied to work, family, and…
 
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 …
 
TV Show Creator and Executive Producer Dave Noll (Co-Creator, Chopped) joins Greg to talk about the challenges involved to reach sustainable success in the entertainment industry. They discuss the shift in perspective that failure is a necessary part of any process, as well as believing in yourself and teaching that mindset to the next generation. …
 
Effortless: Chapter Nine It all starts with a simple principle: not everything has to be so hard. This special episode is an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Greg. It explains the importance of embracing the rubbish in order to learn, grow, and make progress on what's essential. Effortless is available for purchase, as a book or audiobook. (…
 
Entrepreneur and former candidate for Governor of Utah Jeff Burningham (Co-Founder & Chairman, Peak Capital Partners) joins Greg for a conversation on defining and achieving sustainable success. They discuss the importance of relationships versus results in making a greater impact, and explore growth mindset and the ability to reorient when a visio…
 
Longevity investor and visionary Sergey Young (Author, The Science and Technology of Growing Young) shares his insights as the founder of Longevity Vision Fund. He and Greg discuss the inevitability of life extension, and the importance of creating a better world that’s equally accessible for all. They explore five practical steps we can all take t…
 
Anna McKeown joins Greg for a candid conversation on identifying your unique strengths and recognizing innate impulses as gifts meant to be awakened and developed. They discuss embracing what can be perceived as weakness, as well as creating a culture of resilience and the courage to allow for failure. They talk about the value and importance of ap…
 
Entrepreneur and influencer Shannon Doherty (Founder, At Home With Shannon) shares her experience with life hacks, going viral, and the power of social media. She and Greg talk about the importance of self-understanding and doing what fulfills you while staying true to your values. They discuss family, togetherness, and genuinely being in service o…
 
Improv expert and educator Clay Drinko (author, Play Your Way Sane) shares his insights on the power of improvisation. He and Greg explore practical applications in everyday life and its ability to help focus, ideation, and divergent thinking. They discuss the importance of listening and comprehension in order to truly unlock the next level of coll…
 
Venture capitalist and Silicon Valley pioneer Barry Eggers (Founding Partner, Lightspeed Venture Partners) joins Greg for a conversation on the power of leverage. They explore how to discern between creating value versus overhead, as well as the distinction between feeling and being useful. They discuss the need for empathy and building trust in or…
 
Professor and entrepreneur Luke Burgis (author, Wanting) shares his insights on why we want what we want and how to feel more in control of those desires. He and Greg discuss how to discern between the essential and non-essential wants, in order to identify what is truly meaningful and enduring. They explore the effect of human nature, and practica…
 
Investment and private equity executive Ann Berry (Chief Investment Officer & Managing Partner, Wheelhouse) joins Greg for a conversation on leadership in today’s landscape, discovering new passion, and doing what you love. They discuss pandemic challenges faced at different levels as well as what the learnings can teach us to best navigate moving …
 
Effortless: Chapter Fourteen It all starts with a simple principle: not everything has to be so hard. This special episode is an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Greg. It explains the importance of building a foundation of trust in high-performance teams Effortless is available for purchase, as a book or audiobook. (Audio excerpted courtesy …
 
Trained futurist and leadership authority Jacob Morgan (author, The Future Leader) shares his data on what it takes to be an effective leader over the next decade. He and Greg discuss the evolving landscape and the need for organizations and leaders to embrace new skills and mindsets. They explore the importance of clearly defining leadership and t…
 
Behavioral social scientist and Harvard professor Arthur Brooks (author, Love Your Enemies) shares his insights and research as a happiness scholar. He and Greg discuss the importance of understanding and embracing our unique genetic temperaments, as well as the ability to manage negative emotions and satisfaction. They explore the mindset shift th…
 
CEO coach Kim Scott (author, Just Work) joins Greg to talk about the importance of creating an environment optimized for respect and collaboration, in the workplace and in life. As the co-founder of Radical Candor, she and Greg discuss the need for discourse, compassion, and embracing differences. They explore methods to identify and approach workp…
 
Sports Executive Scott O’Neil (author, Be Where Your Feet Are) shares his insights on life as a husband, father, and CEO of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment, a global company that owns the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers. He and Greg discuss his passion for developing the next generation of leaders, as well as the importance of being present and ment…
 
Leadership speaker and organizational consultant Rachel Cooke (Founder, Lead Above Noise) joins Greg to discuss the burnout being felt universally, both personally and professionally. They talk about the importance of acknowledgement and thoughtfulness from leadership, and explore specific steps leaders can take to navigate carefully as the world c…
 
Performance physiologist and wellness advocate Greg Wells, Ph.D. (author, Rest Refocus Recharge) shares his insights on the importance of proper rest to achieve optimal performance. Dr. Wells and Greg discuss finding the dynamic balance between work and relaxation, and the mindset shift that rest is both a skill and a responsibility. They explore p…
 
Effortless: Chapter Four It all starts with a simple principle: Not everything has to be so hard. This special episode is an excerpt from the audiobook, narrated by Greg. It explains the importance of rest and how the ability to take a pause in our busy lives is a necessary life skill. Effortless is available for purchase, as a book or audiobook. (…
 
In this milestone 50th episode, Greg is joined by Anna to talk about the meaning behind Effortless. Originally broadcast on Greg’s Instagram Live, this conversation explores how to make the most essential activities more enjoyable ones. They answer audience questions and discuss how to practically apply Effortless in our own lives, along with the v…
 
Academy Award winner and best-selling author Matthew McConaughey joins Greg for a candid conversation about life. In this special two-part episode, they discuss successes and failures, formative experiences, and the importance of investing in yourself. They explore unity in diversity, how to inspire for the greater good, and the parallels between E…
 
Academy Award winner and best-selling author Matthew McConaughey joins Greg for a candid conversation about life. In this special two-part episode, they discuss successes and failures, formative experiences, and the importance of investing in yourself. They explore unity in diversity, how to inspire for the greater good, and the parallels between E…
 
Leadership speaker Jon Acuff (author, Soundtracks) shares his strategy on how to turn overthinking into productivity. Jon and Greg discuss the importance of perspective, pushing through fear, and the power of action to propel forward. They explore how to build positive thoughts and repetition into your physical environment, schedule, and relationsh…
 
In this episode, Phil Randazzo (Founder, American Dream U) and Matthew Griffin (Veteran, Army Rangers) join Greg in a discussion on transitioning out of the military and into civilian life. They talk about the physical, mental, and financial challenges involved then go on to explore practical habits and manageable processes for a more effortless tr…
 
Business coach and growth strategist Tanya Dalton (author, The Joy of Missing Out) shares her perspective on making it easier to do what matters most. Her and Greg discuss the importance of prioritization, discernment, and what it means to be overwhelmed. They explore practical steps to create a productivity framework custom tailored to your own st…
 
Philanthropist and thought leader John Hope Bryant (CEO, Operation HOPE) shares his mission to empower underserved communities with financial literacy and economic opportunity. From his roots as a young entrepreneur to founder and chairman of the for-purpose nonprofit, he and Greg discuss the importance of selflessness, spirituality, and finding re…
 
In this special episode, Greg and Maria Shriver (Founder, Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement) have a conversation about what it means to be an Essentialist. Originally broadcasted on Maria’s Instagram Live, they talk about everything from the importance of boundaries and discernment to regaining control of our own choices and time. This is a conversation…
 
Addiction psychiatrist Judson Brewer, M.D. (author, Unwinding Anxiety) explains the surprising connection between bad habits and anxiety. Dr. Jud and Greg discuss how fear, worry, and evolutionary origins contribute to addictive behaviors and cycles. They explore specific techniques and a step-by-step process to effectively reduce anxiety. Share th…
 
Near-death experience expert Bruce Greyson, M.D. (author, After) shares how his mindset evolved from a scientific background rooted only in the physical world to rethinking his perspective of life after death. He and Greg explore examples of consciousness beyond this existence and the lessons learned when faced with this realization. Through an inc…
 
In this episode, Michael Hyatt (author, Win at Work and Succeed at Life) talks about how success can only truly be defined as holistic. He and Greg discuss the importance of creating a clear vision as well as the power of constraint, non-achievement, and rest. They explore practical tools and techniques to help plan for long-term, comprehensive suc…
 
Nir Eyal (author, Indistractable) gives us a deep look into his guide on how to control your attention and stay focused. He and Greg discuss effective time management, prioritization, and decision making as well as practical techniques to effectively harness our emotions for better productivity in all domains of our life. Share the What’s Essential…
 
Sheri Salata (author, The Beautiful No) shares the evolution of her experience prior to and after her time as the Executive Producer of The Oprah Winfrey Show. She and Greg discuss spiritual understanding, mood management, and the true energy of effortlessness. They go on to talk about the power of allowing for manifestation and synchronicities to …
 
Organizational psychologist Benjamin Hardy, Ph.D. (author, Who Not How) shares his insights on how shifting your mindset can lead to both happiness and better results. He and Greg discuss the importance of gratitude and confidence when measuring yourself, the need for clearly defined goals, and the value of others in navigating for success. Share t…
 
In this intervention episode, Matheus Moura of Porto Velho, Brazil shares his experience with us before and after discovering Essentialism. He and Greg discuss personal tragedy, opportunity costs, and the familiar wrestle between work and life. They go on to explore the changes when you prioritize being present and investing in what is truly import…
 
Ethan Kross, Ph.D. (author, Chatter) shares his insights on the hidden power of our inner voice, as well as the debilitating effect it can alternatively have. He and Greg discuss how to best navigate this internal conversation by exploring real strategies using the tools around us for a happier, more productive perspective. Share the What’s Essenti…
 
How do you navigate a journey where your true calling and highest contribution is distracted by a parallel yet necessary path? Elena Aguilar shares her passion and goals in writing and the challenges involved in that pursuit. She and Greg explore the vulnerability around courage, and discuss practical, actionable steps to move forward. Share the Wh…
 
Former Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff shares his lifelong history with football up to his most recent transition within the NFL. He and Greg discuss the importance of prioritizing what is truly essential, along with the value of controlling your time and creating space to be able to grow in mind, body, and soul. Share the What’s Essential podc…
 
In this brand-new episode, we’re introduced to Caroline Achkar of Beirut, Lebanon. Caroline shares how discovering Essentialism has helped her in adopting a healthier lifestyle, and the enlightenment that followed in wanting to nurture younger generations as well. She and Greg discuss the challenges involved, and explore practical methods for probl…
 
(Holiday Rebroadcast) Greg's first guest is his wife, Anna – listen in as they go back in time to the start of Essentialism, on that day when Greg realized he got it all wrong. Greg and Anna discuss the importance of family, gratitude, and not over-extending yourself and your time in order to create a positive home environment. Share the What’s Ess…
 
(Holiday Rebroadcast) 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 …
 
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