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Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Felt busy but not productive? Or like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas?

I'm Greg McKeown, and welcome to the What's Essential podcast. Through my best-selling book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, I've been fortunate to help many people deliberately distinguish the vital few from the trivial many and then remove these obstacles to create a clear path to accomplishing what matters. The Way of the Essentialist is not about trying to fit it all in - it's about fitting in only what matters.

Aspiring essentialists are always asking me for how they can apply these principles to their own lives. They want real examples from real people. This What's Essential podcast is my answer. Every week, we have conversations - sometimes with thought leaders, sometimes with celebrities, and often with people like you and me - to understand what they want to prioritize and help them apply Essentialism to achieve their goals in real life. I answer listener questions and talk about my own experiences as well, as I too am an aspiring Essentialist! You're invited to join us and take an hour or two a week to focus on learning how to put what matters to you first.

After all, if you don’t prioritize your life, someone else will.
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In this episode, Dana Biberston shares her deeply painful experience balancing health concerns, raising a large family, and maintaining life at home. She and Greg discuss the influence of spirituality in navigating the journey from emptiness to fulfillment, and the importance of Essentialism, perspective, and intergenerational awareness along the way. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Jay Papasan (author, The One Thing) and Greg discuss some of the compatible and parallel elements of their philosophies to reach your highest level of contribution. They demonstrate that with a deliberate and efficient mechanism in place to prioritize actions, one can achieve optimal success in all categories of life from family to business.  What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This intervention episode introduces us to Anika – PhD student, traveler, and mother. Anika and Greg discuss her experience finding the essential path and making her dreams a priority. They expand on the fears and challenges involved in making adjustments along that journey, and maintaining clarity on what the underlying dream is. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Banks Benitez (Co-Founder and CEO, Uncharted) tells us how his organization has transitioned from experiment to execution of a four-day workweek. He and Greg go into detail on the challenges involved, the advantages in prioritizing the larger context of life outside work, and the importance of Essentialism in navigating the ongoing journey. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Gretchen Rubin (author, The Happiness Project) shares her insight and work on human nature. Her and Greg discuss some of their own creative motivations, understanding different types of personalities, and the importance of relationships and self-knowledge in leading a happier life. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
On this second inaugural episode of the all-new What’s Essential podcast, Anna McKeown and Greg discuss the importance of escape. They talk about the value of relaxation, disconnecting from productivity, and deliberately creating space in order to find focus and insight. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Wall Street attorney turned podcaster, Jordan Harbinger, gives us a detailed perspective on elite time management and higher value relationship building. Jordan and Greg discuss the importance of intentional structure over reaction, and explore efficient systems to apply these methods practically in our own lives. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this intervention episode, Joanna Davey shares how Essentialism has been a catalyst to positive, life changing decisions. Joanna and Greg explore familiar domestic challenges, and discuss the importance of creating time, prioritization, and practice in crafting a meaningful life along an essentialist path. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this intervention episode, Grigory and Elizaveta Kharitidis share the uncertainty they have faced in choosing the best path for their family, while encountering challenges to find a community they can call home. The Kharitidis’ and Greg discuss the importance of establishing roots, nurturing opportunity for our children, and creating a culture of values that can be intergenerationally shared. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Former monk turned purpose coach Jay Shetty (author, Think Like a Monk) shares how his life's calling has taken many profoundly insightful forms, as well as his experience following an Essential Intervention. He and Greg discuss the kind of fulfillment only found through compassion and service to the world. They explore ways we can find alignment within ourselves to create authentic, transcendent happiness.   Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
In this week’s episode, Derrick Johnson (NAACP President and CEO) shares his perspective and experience as a black man in America. Derrick and Greg have a candid dialogue about the current climate and the differences in how they have had to interface with the world. Together, they explore the importance of embracing that which makes you unique and discuss ways we can all be a part of the often uncomfortable, but necessary change. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Former Ironman triathlete turned CrossFit competitor and coach Ben Bergeron (author, Chasing Excellence) shares his perspective on what it takes to obtain ultimate fulfillment and personal success. Ben and Greg discuss the core values and actionable guidelines in creating a winning mindset through an Essentialist path. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Robert Glazer (author of Elevate, and founder of Acceleration Partners) and Greg discuss the all too common problem of overworking our physical capacity and the obstacles to prioritizing self-care.  They expand on practical solutions to ensuring a balance between elevated productivity and essential well-being. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This intervention episode introduces us to Danielle LaGrone — college professor, wife, and full-time mom. Danielle and Greg discuss the struggle in choosing between outward accomplishments in the corporate domain and the type of fulfillment that comes from a life centered around family. They ponder the influence of society and family on creating this false dichotomy and the empowering clarity to determine what is truly essential. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
How exactly does everything from parenting style to ancient literature influence our accomplishments and constant pursuit of more? Ryan Holiday (The Daily Stoic and Stillness Is the Key) and Greg explore the impact of elite-level motivation, discipline, and introspection on finding essential fulfillment in our personal success.  Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Cal Newport, author of both Digital Minimalism and Deep Work, shares his research about the inevitable noise of technology and social media in our minds. He and Greg explore practical methods to unplug digitally and cover essential strategies to find deep focus. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This intervention episode explores the mind of BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, and founder of Stanford's Behavior Design Lab. BJ and Greg discuss the challenges of balancing the demand of an ever-busy work schedule and cultivating optimal quality of life. They discuss how the resolution can be achieved by simply applying small changes with an Essentialism approach. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Eve Rodsky, author of Fairplay, and Greg discuss the age-old universal problem of gender imbalance when it comes to allocating domestic responsibilities. They dive into the toll this has on couples and families, and explore real, essential solutions to rebalance life at home through organizational and time management strategies. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Patrick McGinnis, creator of the term FOMO, and Greg discuss the anxiety we all sometimes feel, globally known as the fear of missing out. From its roots as a biological response to a term amplified in culture through social media, this episode helps us to understand how to combat this feeling through practical decision making, prioritizing what is essential, and turning FOMO into a positive mindset. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
This special intervention episode takes you through the eyes of a frontline nurse working through a global pandemic. Emily Stewart (National Health Service) and Greg discuss that authentic struggle we can all relate to. Finding the balance between work and family, putting it all on the table, and having something left at the end of the day. They identify real-life, actionable steps we can all take to begin the Essentialist path. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gregmckeown Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/gregorymckeown/ Scratch Audiohouse Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/wheelhousegroup/ LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/company/wheelhouse-group-llc/ Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Avi Gandhi, Brent Montgomery, Eric Wattenberg, and Ed Simpson Co-Produced by Emma Gladstone and Paul Dizon See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
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Anna Dickens

Thank you Greg and Anna for sharing your thoughts and wisdom , in what we can think about as essential for longevity of clear communication and understanding within relationships . The way you come across as so conscientious of each other’s perspectives and wanting to understand each other in a way that elevates each other to the best they can be is so inspiring , and empowering. For myself to have hope that this kind of relationship is totally possible and not just a dream has been essential . Thank you again Anna

Nov 4th
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Sean Reid

Fabulous podcast/coaching session!

Aug 4th
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