What is the way of the Essentialist

Insights from Essentialism by Greg Mckeown

What is the way of the Essentialist?

“Half of the troubles we face in life can be traced to saying “yes” too quickly and not saying “no” soon enough. Josh Billings

Don’t slater me on this, It’s Josh word not mine. Even if I agree with me.

I was a victim myself, too many times I realized I was too quick to volunteer at a cause, too quick to help, too quick to want to be involved and I really became overwhelmed with too much to do.

Warren Buffet, one of the most successful investors of our time says No to about 99 investment opportunities he gets out of 100.

The ability to say no is really underrated. Every opportunity is a good opportunity, but the question really is, is this a good opportunity for you?

A non-essentialist always thinks everything is essential, while an Essentialist thinks almost everything is non-important.

For every potential YES you say to an opportunity, you have also said no to another opportunity

Create rules for yourself; this guides your actions and inactions. Black and white rules to live by, this should be easy for ladies, I’ve heard a lot say “he’s not my type” and they never lower their standards. Yes, people will question your boundaries but at last they’ll be fine by it. So far you’re good. Or like my cousin will say “last last we go dey alright”

Develop the courage to say “no” by remembering what you’re saying “yes” to. And learn to say “no” in a friendly manner

Take time out to reflect on actions and inaction, they will guide your next steps of actions

“Our highest priority is to protect our ability to prioritize.” – Greg McKeown

As an individual I’d always take time at the end of the day to watch my actions and inactions to help me make better decisions

we should set some boundaries and rules to live by

Author: Victor Adeyemo

Victor Adeyemo is a Leadership and high performance coach, an Event decorator and MC. He is the team leader of Leaders Digest

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