Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less is our next choice for our virtual book club (The VBC). Doesn’t that sound wonderful? The pursuit of LESS? Let’s talk all about it!
Overall Pop Rating (1 to 5 stars, more stars the better we thought it popped!)
B: 4.5. There is just so much in this book that I hope will stick with me. The author is so honest that there were certain chapters were I felt he was calling me out individually on all the things I may tell myself, that are truly a nonessentialist way of thinking. His tone is support so he comes across as approachable and motivating. I likely will read this every few years.
T: 4.5. This was an easy read and I loved the concept. It describes how an essentialist approaches life compared to a non-essentialist. It’s all about how to focus on the things that matter and that will make the most impact for you. I love it so much that I have both the Kindle version and a hard copy!
Why were you drawn to read this book?
B: Tiffany recommended it, and then kept quoting different passages during our blog meetings. Now I can quote some back to her!
T: I think it originally popped up as a book that “other people who bought the same thing” bought. The graphic on the cover was intriguing and the summary seemed exactly in line with things I am interested in already.
What is one thing that you will take away from this book?
B: I love the idea of “protecting the asset”, where the asset is you! So much of what he talks about and how he describes leading an essentialist life comes back to this phrase – at the core it is about protecting you. Here is one of the many phrases where I felt he was speaking right to me — “If we let our type A instincts take over… we will burn out too early. We need to be as strategic with ourselves as we are with our careers and our businesses. We need to pace ourselves, nurture ourselves, and give ourselves fuel to explore, thrive and perform.”
T: Similar to 7 Habits, it resonated with me that I have to run my own schedule and priorities. That may mean saying no often which is uncomfortable for most of us (particularly to your boss!). It immediately made me evaluate how I was spending my time at work and think about if I really needed to attend that meeting, conference call, etc. or if I needed to be the one to respond to that email. It really put things into perspective and I hope I can be a more impactful employee and manager as a result.
Who would you recommend this book to?
B: To those who would describe themselves as “too busy” and want to spend more time on the things that matter, not the busywork.
T: Someone who really wants to have an impact at work and in your own life. Someone who is tired of being overwhelmed with all the things they “have to do.” Let’s do less and only focus on the things that matter!
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