May 5, 2021
If you’ve ever wished you could sit down
and have a quick chat with the genius man who wrote the New York
Times best-selling book Essentialism and now Effortless too, then
you’re in for a real treat. Today Greg McKeown humors me with a few
extra minutes of his time to share answers to YOUR questions
submitted on Instagram, and a few random questions of mine too.
If you’ve read the book
Essentialism, there’s a good chance it changed your life as it did
mine. You probably went through your life and started eliminating
everything that was not essential, and found freedom and joy in
living your new life as an essentialist!
But what happens when everything
left is actually still really important? What now? This is the
question Greg McKeown asked himself after writing, speaking on, and
teaching Essentialism for several years which led him to write his
newest book, Effortless.
If you’re wondering how to get
yourself out of a rut, how to move onto the next most important
thing when it feels like everything is the most important thing, or
how to not drown in all of the responsibilities life demands of
you, Effortless is going to provide breakthrough clarity for
I’ve read this book and devoured
its contents, and I am so very excited to share with you today my
interview with my friend and mentor Greg McKeown on Effortless, a
new way to live once you start asking yourself, “what if this could
In this episode, you will hear:
- Essentialism is related to the big rocks theory
where you put in the big rocks in a container first before putting
in the small rocks and the sand so that they would all fit. But if
you put in the sand and the small rocks first, before the big
rocks, then nothing fits.
- The big rocks theory is a metaphor of putting
your most important relationships first and the projects you feel
most pulled towards doing.
- But what if you have too many big rocks in your
life? You can either give up on something essential, or look for an
alternative, easier path. Not because you're lazy, but it's a
matter of necessity to find a different way to do
- The book, Effortless, is for high performers
who feel on the edge of exhaustion.
- The 3 principles in living an effortless life:
being in effortless state, creating effortless action, and
- One way of being effortless is by taking
something you already enjoy doing, and linking it with something
essential to you (ex. dinner with family). Make things easier so
you have much more energy to just be together and not have that
extra exhaustion on you.
- When you deal with something important, the
challenge is simply asking – what's the effortless way to do
- Everybody is suffering in some way almost all
the time. That's why the principles, questions, and practices in
Effortless are so essential. There's no situation so hard that a
certain way of thinking and operating won't make them
- Reading the book Effortless allows for
emotional unlocking, mental unlocking, and mental paradigm shifts.
It doesn’t mean you're not going to put in any effort anymore, but
you're doing a whole different way of utilizing that precious
- We often have a grudge to fulfill an emotional
need that is not currently being met. But grudges don't deliver a
satisfying return on our investment.
- What percentage of your emotional energy and
mental energy do you feel has been absorbed by your grudges and
your anger? Think of the productivity loss and the opportunity
- Forgiveness is the ultimate productivity hack.
Removing grudges will have a tremendous rebate.
- Keeping the commandments is a shortcut to
happiness and so many things – results and fulfilling your mission
in life. Life is full of struggles. But primary among the tests of
life is whether we will trust Him.
- We need to unlearn all the ways we overthink,
over exert, over complicate, overburden, over judge, over criticize
– all of that too much.
“Effortless: Make it Easier to
Do What Matters Most” by Greg McKeown https://amzn.to/32ILx2o
Greg McKeown’s website
Greg McKeown’s Podcast “What’s
“Essentialism: The Disciplined
Pursuit of Less” by Greg McKeown https://amzn.to/2QQMwL8
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