Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Gred Mckeown is not such a well-written book compared to the others on this list. However, this is the book that introduced me to the idea that “the undisciplined pursuit of more is a key reason for failure”, thus it is important to “distinguish the trivial many from the vital few”. I know, I know, I am sometimes proud of being a Renaissance woman, but after I read this book, I was able to free myself from a lot of unnecessary things that were bogging me down.
It also argues on “cutting out good opportunities” if they aren’t really for you. Instead of thinking, “How will I feel if I miss out on this opportunity?”, start asking yourself this: “If I did not have this opportunity, how much would I be willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it?” These are really great questions that I should be asking myself right now.
There are also practical things that it suggested such as allotting two hours everyday to do nothing but think. I used to do this during commutes, but now I have forgotten it. It also recommends spending one week for reading and thinking and to do this twice a year. I haven’t tried this so maybe I will.
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