53 | Essentialism Book Discussion (Paul Stine)

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Paul Stine joins dadAWESOME for part 3 of Father Family Rhythms. This conversation focusses on critical take-away points from the book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown. Here’s a summary from the book along with a few discussed quotes:

Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Do you simultaneously feel overworked and underutilized? Are you often busy but not productive? Do you feel like your time is constantly being hijacked by other people’s agendas? If you answered yes to any of these, the way out is the Way of the Essentialist. The Way of the Essentialist isn’t about getting more done in less time. It’s about getting only the right things done. It is not a time management strategy, or a productivity technique. It is a systematic discipline for discerning what is absolutely essential, then eliminating everything that is not, so we can make the highest possible contribution towards the things that really matter.

  • “When we don’t purposely and deliberately choose where to focus our energies and time, other people – our bosses, our colleagues, our clients, and even our families – will choose for us, and before long we’ll have lost sight of everything that is meaningful and important.”
  • “There is an unspoken hierarchy in our society about what is valuable; higher on that hierarchy are career success, fame, and wealth. Lower on the list is family, health, wisdom, and personal fulfillment.”

Long Form Podcast Resources with Greg McKeown:

More Info on Paul Stine:

https://www.closesimple.com/

Resources Mentioned:

MIOS (Marriage Internal Operating System) from the ministry Imagine Beautiful

Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less Greg McKeown

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