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New York Times Article: “Why You Start Things You’ll Never Finish

Every Monday, S.L. editor Tim Herrera of the New York Times emails readers with tips and advice for living a better, more fulfilling life. He recently published an article titled “Why You Start Things You’ll Never Finish”. In this article [...]

Wall Street Journal: How to Disconnect From ‘Always On’ Work Culture

Greg was featured in a Wall Street Journal article titled “How to Disconnect From ‘Always On’ Work Culture”. Here’s a snippet of the article: “Always-on culture is weird. It’s not how humans thrive. It’s not how productive people break through [...]

New York Times: Rory McIlroy Is the Golfer Who Juggles. Or Is it Vice Versa?

At age 29, McIlroy is trying hard to make his life more than just an extension of the golf course. He seems to be succeeding. He mentioned Essentialism is what helped him learn to say “no”. Here’s the quote from [...]

Why Monk Mode is the Secret to Insane Productivity – Fast Company

By Drake Baer (based on a LinkedIn post by Greg McKeown) The most productive people structure solitude into their working lives: Marie Curie experimenting deep into Parisian nights, Friedrich Nietzsche tramping around Alpine lakes, Henry Thoreau camping and contemplating in a Massachusetts forest.   That was [...]

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The 30 Second Habit With A Lifelong Impact

What follows is a beautiful Essentialist practice in a gorgeous piece written by my friend Robyn Scott (one of WIRED’s 50 People About to Change the World). Enjoy.   There are no quick fixes. I know this as a social science junkie, [...]

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The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

Why don’t successful people and organizations automatically become very successful? One important explanation is due to what I call “the clarity paradox,” which can be summed up in four predictable phases: Phase 1: When we really have clarity of purpose, it leads to success. Phase 2: [...]

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How Your Nice Boss May Be Killing Your Career

Chris spent years working for a supportive, encouraging manager at a major technology company headquartered in Silicon Valley. In fact, his boss raved about him. His manager gave him top ratings in the performance evaluations, gave him space to do [...]

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Next Time You Don’t Want To Go To A Meeting, Do This

The good news was I was at the World Economic Forum for Latin America in Mexico with an amazing array of speakers, panels and participants. The bad news was I felt pulled to attendeverything and meet everyone. When I was involved in one activity [...]

Two Phrases That can Change Your Life

To develop meaningful and mature relationships at work or at home we need to develop two filters. The first filter protects you from other people. The second filter protects other people from you. Mistake 1: Not protecting yourself from others. I once worked [...]

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How To Design Your Life’s Mission Into Your Career

When web designer Ben Blumenfeld was working for a major TV network, he was responsible for creating websites for mainstream shows. One day, he made a breakthrough that led to a significant uptake on a show, but the success struck [...]