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Essentialism by Greg McKeown

 Susan May Warren suggested Esentialism (Amazon affliate link) in one of her recent newsletters. It was available as an audiobook from Libby and my local library so I took a listen at 1.25 -2 speed because Brits just talk so slow sometimes.

First, it’s a well thought out book, plenty of examples and stories to ponder. There are some overarching questions that have been plaguing humanity for quite some time and they basically boil down to what is my purpose and how do I express it in community. McKeown works through how to get answers to those questions.

At the end of the book, my lasting thought was he’s encouraging the Oregon Trail victory life. You take your time, pick your path well, take only the necessities, plan on things taking longer than expected, and watch out for dysentery. I also told my friend it’s like minimalism for your worklife. And I do mean worklife. Even though many of the ideas shared in McKeown’s book can bleed into your personal life, these principles apply to your work, especially work with and for others.

This review was of a library book, I was not compensated for it any way by the author or publisher. I’m never required to say good things about books but I’m always thankful when I can.


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