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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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Listen in as Leo Babauta, renowned author, blogger, and creator of Zen Habits, joins us to share his compelling journey from a life weighed down by debt and unhealthy habits to one of simplicity and mindfulness. His story is a powerful demonstration of how changing a single habit can drastically alter the course of our lives. We tackle the often da…
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Join me for a thought-provoking journey with the incredible Leo Babauta, a champion of mindfulness and minimalism, as we discuss the transformative practice of slowing down. Listen in as Leo sheds light on the often-overlooked power of simplicity in our hectic lives and how creating mental space within our daily tasks can lead to profound changes. …
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Join me on a thought-provoking journey where we explore the power of choice and the profound tranquility of inner solitude. Drawing from Anne Morrow Lindbergh's timeless reflections in "Gift from the Sea," we ponder the significance of cultivating a personal rhythm in life that allows for creative pauses and the nurturing of vibrant relationships w…
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Erik lost his wife, Aubrie, to cancer. It was a tragic loss that has left a hole in his life and the life of their young daughter as well. But in losing Aubrie, Erik gained something, too: incredible insight into love, connection, and what truly matters. Their love story, defined by deep connection and resilience through adversity, paints a vivid p…
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Join me as I continue my enriching conversation with Mo Gawdat, the former chief business officer at Google X and author of the international best-seller, "Solve for Happy." In this part 2 conversation, we unravel the complexities of human connections in our increasingly digital world. We question the true issues within our relationships, touch upo…
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Join me as I embark on a thoughtful journey with the remarkable Mo Gawdat, former Google X executive and the driving force behind 'Solve for Happy.' Together, we explore the intertwining paths of essentialism, the pursuit of happiness, and celebrating the concept of 'less but better.' Our conversation takes us through personal narratives of simplif…
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David Allen, author of Getting Things Done, discusses the practical ways and key specifics to immediately begin the journey of cutting out what is non-essential, both personally and professionally. We go back and forth on the deeper and visionary elements of why it’s beneficial to focus on doing what matters most. Follow David on LinkedIn Join my w…
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Join me for a captivating journey with Brian Murphy, the visionary behind ReliaQuest, as we unravel the transformation from a meticulous auditor to a bold IT consulting entrepreneur. Listen in as Brian shares the defining moments and crucial conversations that sparked his leap into the entrepreneurial realm. We explore the essence of foundational b…
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Join me as I uncover the surprising power of weak ties, a concept coined by sociologist Mark S. Granovetter, which plays a pivotal role in our lives more than we ever imagined. Listen in as I discuss Granovetter's groundbreaking findings on the importance of casual acquaintances in job searches and the immense influence of weak ties in the digital …
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Join me as I welcome the remarkable Brian Murphy, the founder and CEO of cybersecurity giant Reliaquest, to share his inspiring story of entrepreneurship. Listen in as Brian takes us back to his formative years, from his blue-collar roots to the pivotal moments that shaped his future. We laugh about his childhood mishaps and marvel at how a mobile …
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Join us for part 2 of my conversation with Jennie Allen as we unpack the complexities of our emotional responses and their surprising intensities. This conversation peels back the layers of our emotions, tracing them to their roots, and reveals how past experiences, like childhood fears and moments of crisis, can shape our present feelings. Listen …
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Join us on this enlightening journey with the remarkable Jennie Allen, a spiritual trailblazer and best-selling author who returns to share her insights on emotional intelligence, the power of connection, and the art of living with intention. Listen in as Jennie opens up about her first encounter with loss, the intertwining of emotions with life's …
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Join me as we ponder the turning of the calendar to 2024, a time for introspection and goal-setting. But this year, we're taking a different approach, asking not just 'what' but 'who' is important in our lives. I discuss the profound shift from a task-driven to a people-centric perspective, exploring how this reorientation affects leadership, team …
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Performance physiologist and wellness advocate Greg Wells, Ph.D. (author, Rest Refocus Recharge) shares his insights on the importance of proper rest to achieve optimal performance. Dr. Wells and Greg discuss finding the dynamic balance between work and relaxation, and the mindset shift that rest is both a skill and a responsibility. They explore p…
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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 …
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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…
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Have you ever wondered why we can't fix burnout culture with a wellness app? What if doing less was actually more effective than giving it 100%? Today I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive I've learned and provide some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to accomplish more by putting in less e…
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Join me as I continue my fascinating conversation with Yale professor Samuel Wilkinson, author of the thought-provoking book "Purpose: What Evolution and Human Nature Imply About the Meaning of Our Existence." Listen in as we tackle the intriguing topic of altruism in the evolutionary narrative, debunking the myth that survival hinges solely on sel…
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Join me as I explore the transformative power of building deep, meaningful connections in our lives, especially poignant in an age where superficial online interactions are often mistaken for genuine relationships. I reflect on Erik Newton's heartfelt Twitter story about the profound love he shared with his late wife, revealing the timeless truth t…
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When medical student turned author, Samuel Wilkinson, challenged the common misconception of evolution suggesting a purposeless existence, it sparked a profound conversation that I am thrilled to share with you. This episode takes us through the riveting terrain of evolutionary biology. We delve into the phenomenon of convergent evolution, our conv…
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Join me on the journey to enrich your relationships, focusing on quality rather than quantity. In this episode I explore the significance of cultivating deep, meaningful relationships in a world dominated by superficial connections. Drawing on an analogy from the Hubble Space Telescope, I demonstrate how minor adjustments in perspective can bring c…
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In Part 2 of our conversation with Shane Parrish, founder of Farnam Street and author of "Clear Thinking," you'll discover techniques that will help you think clearly and make better decisions. Shane walks us through his inspiring journey, from his initial days working for an intelligence agency to his exploration into the power of clear thinking. …
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Have you ever stopped to consider the depth of your connections in a world where the number of friends you have on social media platforms seems to have taken precedence? Join me as we navigate the waters of meaningful relationships, stressing the importance of quality over quantity. Our journey takes us through the paradox of loneliness and time sp…
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Join me for an enriching conversation with Shane Parrish, the brain behind Farnam Street and author of "Clear Thinking". Hear his remarkable story of resilience and continuous learning, inspired by the true crime book "The Stopwatch Gang", and how he challenges us to think deeper, question biases, and embrace the complexities of the world through. …
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Welcome back to part two of my conversation with Dr. Shah. Dr. Shah is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation. Previously to that he was responsible for USAID, including being on the very front lines of the response to the ebola crisis. Now, you may never have heard of Dr. Shah before. You may not have followed the story especially closely, bu…
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In this episode, I explore the hidden trap of negative leverage and how it silently drains our resources and energy. I promise that you'll walk away from this episode with a deeper understanding of negative leverage and equipped with the tools to eliminate its presence in your life. By taking immediate action and avoiding unnecessary trade-offs, yo…
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Have you ever wanted to make a higher contribution, a big impact in the world, but felt perhaps a little hopeless about it all? In today's episode, which is part one of a two-part interview, we're welcoming Dr. Rajiv Shah, who is the president of the Rockefeller Foundation. This is a global institution that has a mission to promote the wellbeing of…
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Many of us have been told that if we are good at making decisions, we're good at everything, but this is wrong. What we know now is that making the right one-time decisions is the real game changer. In part four of this series on 10X leverage, you will learn why and then how to be able to make one-time decisions that can change your life. Join my w…
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Welcome to part two of my conversation with Eduardo Briceño. Eduardo is among other things, the author of The Performance Paradox. It's all about turning the power of mindset into action. If you've ever heard of or been impacted by the growth mindset from Carol Dweck, then this book from Eduardo is about how you can take those ideas and really impl…
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Many of us have heard that knowledge is power, but I think that's wrong. What has the most value is unique knowledge. The key is knowing what no one else knows. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to understand not just why, but how to create the unique knowledge that can produce extraordinary residual results for you in your life. Join my w…
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Over the years one of the things I have learned is that if we only focus on performing, our performance suffers. That idea is not new to me, but that precise language is from Eduardo Briceño. He's our guest today in part one of a two part interview. Before Eduardo became an author, a TED speaker, a thought leader in his own rights, his life was tot…
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Have you ever wanted to make a higher contribution in your life to be able to get better results, even 10X results, but at the same time you already feel like you're running out of space, stretched too thin, a little exhausted, or more than a little exhausted? Well, that's what this series is. This is part two in a series about how to use leverage …
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In this part two of my interview with Rich Horwath, we dig into how Rich spent years providing strategic planning, coaching, advising, running sessions with corporations and executive teams. But as he was providing executive coaching to one of his clients, they said, "Well, listen, my bosses said I need to be more strategic, but what does it mean?"…
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Have you ever been trapped by reactively doing things that just get results one time today? That just get you through the immediate, urgent needs of your life and don't seem to be able to get you ahead? I know I have, and for a lot of people, they really feel that this is the best that they can do, but we have learned by experience that there's a m…
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Have you ever felt an intuitive insight pull you towards a particular direction? Have you ever had an experience that you knew was right even though you didn't yet have evidence to support it? Well, today is part one in a two part series with Rich Horwath. Rich is the founder and CEO of the Strategic Thinking Institute where he serves leadership te…
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This is part four in a multi-part series about the relentless elimination of noise. Have you noticed that the noise is increasing everywhere? Have you felt that ridiculous increase of volume, the number of voices telling you what to do, what to worry about, what your life should be, could be, has to be, shouldn't have been? Have you noticed that th…
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This episode is part two of my conversation with Dr. Mauro Guillén, a Spanish-American sociologist, political economist, and management educator. I know him because he is the former dean of the Cambridge Business School. He's also a fellow at Queens College, so we share that in common too. He has built a series of research helping us look at those …
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This is part three in a multi-part series about the relentless elimination of noise. Have you noticed the change in the level of noise in your life? Do you feel that you might be drowning in it because it's everywhere around you? Is it possible that it has affected, and perhaps quite a serious way, the quality of the most important relationships in…
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This episode is part one of my conversation with Dr. Mauro Guillén, a Spanish-American sociologist, political economist, and management educator. I know him because he is the former dean of the Cambridge Business School. He's also a fellow at Queens College, so we share that in common too. He has built a series of research helping us look at those …
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When was the last time that you were having a conversation with someone only to look up and find that they weren't listening at all? Instead, they've been pulled into one of their devices. What did you feel in that moment? Was it mildly irritating or did it trigger something deeper, something beyond mere frustration? Many of us think of this moment…
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Have you ever wondered what kind of communication is necessary in order to be able to break through to the next level to have real innovation? What does it take? Well, today's guest is the absolutely perfect person to answer that question. I'm not sure there's anyone who could answer it better who's alive today. This is Ed Catmull. He's the co-foun…
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Have you ever felt bombarded by the amount of noise there is in the world today? I don't mean literal noise, but all of the digital noise, all of the internal mental noise, all of the noise between people that makes it hard to even understand what somebody else is thinking. Well, this is part one of a multi-part series on the relentless elimination…
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In today's episode, I have the absolute honor of having a conversation with Ed Catmull. He's the co-founder of Pixar. All of the hits that you think of when you think of Pixar's Studio and how it also went on to revolutionize Disney's Studio is the work of Ed Catmull and his immediate team. He's marking the 10th anniversary of a book he wrote calle…
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Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, The Disciplined Pursuit of Doing Nothing. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Have you discovered the ultimate superpower in every context for unlocking human potential? That is what we're going to be talking about today in part two of my conversation with Nate Walkingshaw. He's used this superpower to become a passionate inventor and a serial and successful entrepreneur. By the end of today's episode, you are going to feel …
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Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, The Most Important Question in Any Language. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Have you ever had an experience where you were able to get out of your head and into the head of another person and discover the richness that is possible, the relationship that follows, and the depth of connection? In today's episode, we have part one of a two-part conversation with Nate Walkingshaw. He's a passionate investor and a serial entrepr…
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Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, The Vasa – Define Your Done. Thanks for listening. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices…
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Welcome to part two of my conversation with Oliver Burkeman. He wrote a great, big successful column for The Guardian for years and more recently as attained some notoriety for the book called Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. By the end of today's episode, you will have rewired a certain part of your brain that keeps you caught str…
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Do you ever feel that your life is becoming more and more reactive? Even where you get good things done in a day, you still feel like your life is living you rather than you intentionally living your life? Well, in today's episode, I'm going to share with you the 1-2-3 Method. It's simple, it's clear, and it's something that you can utilize today a…
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