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Design a life that really matters. I’m your host, Greg McKeown, author of New York Times bestsellers "Effortless" and "Essentialism" and I’m on mission to help you advocate and negotiate your way to remarkable results without burning out. Come with me on this journey every Tuesday and Thursday as we examine the most essential areas of our lives. Learn more about my books and courses at https://GregMcKeown.com.
 
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Have you ever wanted to be seen; to be heard? To be known? To feel that your life with its challenges, even its suffering – that all of it matters. Have you wanted to be able to understand your own story better and to be able to share that story with other people – even to have it last after you are no longer here. By the end of this episode with D…
 
Do you want to learn how to be better at conflict resolution? I guess we all do, don't we? What happens when you feel you are right and the other person is wrong? Are you completely convinced of your opinion? Do you feel that way about somebody right now? By the end of the episode, you will be able to escape the costly trap of trying to be right al…
 
Have you ever held onto a grudge against people who hurt you? Have you ever wasted precious mental energy being angry, hurt, annoyed, or even resentful? How long has the wound been festering weeks, months, years, decades? Today I've invited Chris Williams onto the show to share his story about resolving personal conflict, and what he has learned fr…
 
Have you ever experienced tension in your relationships at work or at home? Tensions that last for an extended period of time can lead to a strained relationship, frozen communication, or even estrangement. What if I told you that you could immediately dissolve that tension? You can unfreeze communication and have it flow openly and naturally again…
 
​Are there people in your life who create unhealthy friction for you? Are there people who raise your blood pressure even if they just cross your mind? Would you believe me if I told you that you can reverse this effect? Luckily, you can. By the end of this episode, my guest, Dr. Rangan Chatterjee, and I will teach you not only how to handle intera…
 
Have you ever been in a painful conflict with someone you cared deeply for? Have you ever wished that you could go back in time and change the way the conflict happened? Whether you were the victim of hurt or the cause of it, experiencing deep pain in a relationship can rob our ability to feel hope. In this episode, I'll share how the relationship …
 
Where did you learn how to handle conflict? What did you learn about how to handle conflict from your parents, classmates, books, or shows? What happens if, what you have learned didn't include how to handle conflict in a healthy way? By the end of this episode with my wife, Anna McKeown, you'll be better equipped to not only handle conflict but al…
 
Have you ever tried to make a relationship better only to have it stay the same? Have you ever made a relationship worse in your attempt to make it better? What if you could make your relationships much better by only doing the vital few things that have a great impact? By the end of this episode, you will be able to find out what's essential to ot…
 
What are the effects of words on your life and relationships? Where are your words helping you to get what you really want? By the end of this episode, you'll be able to frame your words in a way to increase the chance that other people will want to do what you want them to do. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my bo…
 
Have you ever been on a team where you felt truly misunderstood? How about being truly understood? In my recent studies, I've discovered how misunderstanding is the bottleneck of what you actually want. By the end of this episode, you'll be better equipped to understand others and be understood in return. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.co…
 
How do you achieve 10X results in your life, work or relationships without working harder? This is known as the 10X dilemma. What got you here, won't get you there. By the end of this episode, you'll learn 5 things you can do right now to be able to get that next level but without burning out. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn …
 
Have you ever found yourself stretched too thin? Have you ever been busy but not productive? Do you feel your time is constantly highjacked by other people's agenda for you? If you answered yes to any of these questions, the way out is the way of the essentialist. By the end of this episode, you'll be better able to eliminate the non-essentials in …
 
Have you ever found yourself between two conflicting groups at work or in your personal life? In this episode, I'll share with you a lesson I observed from Pope Francis on being a great mediator. You'll also learn the power of creating a high trust agreement to ensure all groups involved get exactly what they want. Resources Mentioned: Harvard's Wi…
 
When was the last time someone said or did something that triggered you? How did you feel – frustrated, angry, unsafe? What did you say? The chances are you reacted in one of two ways, either by shutting down, avoiding the conflict or by saying something defensive back because conflict begets conflict. In this episode, I share a story, things I am …
 
Have you ever wanted to increase your influence with someone who is really important to you? In this episode, I'll teach you a mindset shift to immediately 10x your influence with those who matter most to you. I'll also give you a tool to discover exactly what's most important and what's not significant to them. Learn more about my books and course…
 
Welcome to Season 2, and new version of my podcast! In this episode, I share my new and exciting mission to help you advocate and negotiate your way to remarkable results without burning out. Come with me on this journey every Tuesday and Thursday as we examine the most essential areas of our lives. Learn more about my books and courses at https://…
 
In this final episode of the What's Essential podcast, my wife, Anna, interviews me about what's next in our lives, the podcast, and we invite you to join us on a new and exciting journey. Credits: Hosted by Greg McKeown Produced by Greg McKeown and Scratch Audiohouse Executive Produced by Greg McKeown, Brent Montgomery, and Ed Simpson Learn more a…
 
Have you ever felt like it was too late for you? That life has passed you by – that your dream is gone? Or maybe too many awful things have happened to you or you’ve made too many mistakes? In this 100th episode of the podcast, I explore these questions and teach you how to have hope again. The most important thing is not what you have done. The mo…
 
Where do you want to be in 5 years? So many of us have a difficult time answering this question. And it’s not because we don’t know what we want to do. Often it’s because we lack the clarity to know where to begin. Join me for an impromptu coaching session with actor and author Matthew McConaughey. Together we explore Matthew’s big goals for his fu…
 
Have you ever pushed yourself past the point of exhaustion and woke up the next day completely burned out? In this episode, I explore how setting a sustainable pace allows you to reach peak performance, not for a day, a week, or a month but your entire life. You'll learn why rest is a critical component for performing at your best and why one of th…
 
In this episode, I am joined by my friend Stephen M.R. Covey to talk about his new book, Trust & Inspire. You'll learn how the right leadership produces effortless results and relationships. For fifty years we have heard that we need to move away from "command and control" leadership. But nobody has named what we should do instead. That's what Step…
 
Two weeks ago I shared some thoughts on "the genius of routines" and the response from listeners was off the charts. Questions poured in. In this Q&A episode, my wife Anna joins me to respond to these questions and share immediately applicable and realistic ways to apply routines in families. This podcast episode is not just for people in the c-sui…
 
Do you ever feel like you have so many important things to do that it’s impossible to prioritize them? Even knowing where to start can be challenging. In this week’s episode, I talk with prioritization expert Dr. Bjorn Lomborg. Through his think tank, The Copenhagen Consensus, Dr. Lomborg has prioritized the most significant challenges facing the w…
 
One of the most significant setbacks of the last few years has been the dismantling of many of our boundaries and routines. I think we have all felt this. Whether you are living out of your inbox, overwhelmed with texts and notifications, or have found yourself caught up in a zoom-eat-sleep-repeat lifestyle, it's an exhausting way to live. Join me …
 
Do you ever find that your mind always seems to drift from what you're doing now to something else no matter how hard you try? Well, I have some welcome news. According to Dr. Amishi Jha, Professor of Psychology at the University of Miami and author of the new book PEAK MiND, there is nothing wrong with your brain. It was built to be distractable. …
 
We live in a noisy world by any estimation. And while we need people, we also need solitude. This week I’m speaking with Adam Shoalts, who was named one of the “greatest living explorers” by Canadian Geographic. Adam is an author, speaker, and adventurer who has learned to tap into the rejuvenating power of solitude. In our conversation, Adam remin…
 
One of the biggest lessons I have learned over the last few years is that you can’t design a life that really matters without a community of people who support each other. Yet too often, we try to go it alone. In this week’s episode, Jennie Allen, author of the new book Find Your People, joins the show to discuss how you can find your people, begin…
 
If your life is anything like mine, you probably have far more problems than you can solve in one day. It’s easy to become overwhelmed. When this happens, it is often our most important relationships that suffer. But the good news is there is a solution. Taking just a few moments to celebrate small wins, especially with those that matter most, can …
 
Does saying no make you feel awkward? Are you worried about missing out on an opportunity? Or are you fearful of rocking the boat? In this episode, I’m talking about practical ways to make saying no easier and sharing simple strategies you can use to deliver a graceful no. Learning to say no takes practice. But once you’ve mastered it, you will fin…
 
How often have you heard someone say they want to live their life with no regrets? Our society often teaches us that a successful life is one lived without regrets. But in his new book The Power of Regret: How Looking Backward Moves Us Forward, best-selling author Dan Pink offers a different perspective. Regret, he suggests, is a valuable raw mater…
 
How well are you listening to your life? Truly listening is one of the greatest gifts you can give. And we can all get better at doing it. That’s why I invited Ximena Vengoechea, author of Listen Like You Mean It, to join me on this week’s episode of the What’s Essential podcast. In our conversation, we explore how becoming a better listener will m…
 
This week I’m talking with my friend, entrepreneur, and television star Rob Dyrdek. Every time I speak with Rob, I leave with a clearer view of what it takes to get to a completely different level in my life. The secret Rob has learned that allows him to be so successful is that not all effort is created equal. Rob has carefully designed his life a…
 
How clear are you on what’s essential in your life right now? Pretty clear? Really clear? Completely lost and overwhelmed? Regardless of where you fall on this spectrum, becoming clear on what’s most important will help you find purpose and direction in your life. In this episode, I discuss how you can gain greater clarity by creating an essential …
 
One of my goals for 2022 is to be more centered. With all that is going on, being centered feels like a bit of a challenge right now. Perhaps you feel this way too? That's why I invited Chip Conley to be my first guest of the new year. Chip is a strategic advisor for Airbnb and helped them not only survive the pandemic but thrive as they focused on…
 
How happy are you on a scale of 1-10? Regardless of what number you answered, the more important question is, what would it take to make that number a 10? In this special replay of one of 2021's most popular episodes, I speak with Harvard happiness professor Arthur Brooks about living a better and happier life. You’ll learn: The three ingredients o…
 
Have you ever sacrificed your time, energy, and sanity simply because you believed the only way to accomplish something worthwhile was through great effort? What if you could find a way to make essential things easier? Join me as I share an excerpt from my latest book, Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most. In this episode, you’ll lear…
 
Discernment is at the core of what it means to be an Essentialist. It helps us sort through the trivial many and identify the essential few. It allows us to see things as they really are. It guides our intuition, helping us make decisions and take actions that really matter. Join me and my wife Anna as we discuss how we can become better at discern…
 
Are there high-stakes conversations in your life that you need to have but are putting off? This week I welcome special guest Joseph Grenny, one of the authors of the bestselling book, Crucial Conversations. In this episode, we talk about: Why silence is the most significant communication error we make The cost of not speaking up How to make it saf…
 
On this Part 2 episode, Greg conducts a solo Q&A for listeners most requested questions from his best selling books Efforless and Essentialism! Some of the topics include: How to reinvent your intent, Strategies to be the best person you can be and the 12 steps to identifying What's Essential? What's Essential Podcast Twitter Facebook Greg McKeown …
 
In this week's episode, I answer questions I was recently asked during an interview by a newspaper in Brazil. Tune in to discover: How you can avoid burnout in a culture that glorifies busyness. How to protect your mental health by learning to work more effortlessly, How to work more effortlessly in an organization that values heroic effort.. Join …
 
Do you ever feel like you want to make a more meaningful contribution but you’re not sure how? Or maybe you know what you would like to do but get hung up on the fear of the unknown? Join me as I talk with Ken Coleman, Ken is a successful author and host of The Ken Coleman Show where he helps people define their purpose and discover the steps they …
 
When was the last time you felt like you didn't have a choice? Life is full of difficult situations where it feels like the only answer is simply, "I have to". But this answer removes our power of choice. Join my wife Anna and me as we explore why it is so important to nurture the power of choice in yourself and those you love. Learn how to: Take c…
 
It’s not only important to identify what’s essential in your life, but you must also know why it matters. Join me as I speak with Simon Sinek, Inspirational Speaker and Global "Best Selling" Author (Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better, Find Your Why and The Infinite Game) , In this episode, Simon shares: The importance of finding your "why" How to…
 
Do you want to achieve better results? Even 10X results? Can you work 10X harder? Almost everyone I know says yes to the first question and no to the second. This is what I call the 10X Dilemma. Trying to solve this dilemma can lead you to the edge of burnout. In this episode, I share 5 strategies to help you achieve breakthrough results without bu…
 
When the unexpected happens, the world we once knew becomes unfamiliar. Every step can feel unsteady. We wonder how we will ever navigate our new reality. But we can find hope knowing that these challenges often help us grow and lead us to become who we were meant to be. This week I am speaking with my friend Dave Hollis, a speaker, best-selling au…
 
This week I am welcoming Dorie Clark, leadership consultant and author of the book The Long Game: How to be a long-term thinker in a short-term world to the What's Essential podcast. Dorie offers her insight into how we can stop making short-term choices that lead us away from who we want to be and start making long-term choices that give us space …
 
When you get clear on what really matters in your life, everything else starts to fall into place. You make decisions differently. Your perspective changes. You begin to seek purpose over achievement. This week I am joined by Molly Fletcher. Molly is a former sports agent turned speaker, author, and consultant. As someone who has represented some o…
 
One of the most basic human needs is to be understood. When we are misunderstood, we feel alone, unvalued, and betrayed. None of us wishes to feel this way, and no one wants to make others feel this way. So why is there so much misunderstanding in our relationships? Join me for an important discussion on how to improve every relationship, personal …
 
Leadership expert and pastor Carey Nieuwhof (author, At Your Best) joins Greg to talk about leadership and designing a life today that will help you thrive tomorrow. They discuss the need to relinquish control, automation, and building a team that can help you grow. They explore how to recognize burnout and the framework for creating a sustainable …
 
TV Show Creator and Executive Producer Dave Noll (Co-Creator, Chopped) joins Greg to talk about the challenges involved to reach sustainable success in the entertainment industry. They discuss the shift in perspective that failure is a necessary part of any process, as well as believing in yourself and teaching that mindset to the next generation. …
 
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