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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 underinvested in your personal development? Have you ever been too busy living to think about life today? I'm going to share an inspiring story, something counterintuitive that I've learned, and some actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will be able to take advantage of what might be the highest leverage activity on eart…
 
What can we learn from the world's greatest public servant and most experienced diplomat? In this episode, we're diving deep into the practices that will help you create space to understand others, no matter the differences that stand between you. This is one of the rarest abilities to possess, but by the end of the episode, you will have everythin…
 
Have you ever had the sense that you had greater potential than your current life requires or even allows you to produce? Do you ever feel like there's a lot more inside of you, but you are already so busy, you can't possibly get to any of it. By the end of this part 2 episode with Rob Dyrdek, you will have a vision of what you have to create in or…
 
400 years ago, the King of Sweden, Gustav II, commissioned the building of a grand ship, The Vasa. The ship quickly became the most expensive naval project in Swedish history only to meet a heartbreaking demise on its maiden voyage. In this episode, we explore the reasons the project was doomed from the start and how we can avoid making the same mi…
 
Robert Stanley Dyrdek is many things. He's an entrepreneur, actor, producer, reality TV personality, and former professional skateboarder. He's possibly best known for his reality shows 'Rob and Big', 'Rob Dyrdek's Fantasy Factory', and 'Ridiculousness', but none of that does it justice. Every time I talk to Rob Dyrdek, I feel like I'm seeing a pow…
 
Have you ever felt like you have the ability to make a greater contribution to your work, your family, or society, but you've run out of space in your life? Or maybe you've noticed that the busier you get, the less time you have for personal growth? Feeling like you have untapped potential is an epidemic in today's fast-paced culture. That's why I …
 
Do you have a relationship or a project that you need to turn around? What if you could immediately increase your influence on this project or with that relationship? In this episode, I will share a story, something I am learning, and actionable advice. By the end of this episode, you will have a code for turning relationships and project around a …
 
Have you ever struggled with making a transition? Whether in your personal or professional life, transitions can be stressful to navigate, but what if there was a way to make them easier? In this episode, I've invited the wisest person I know, my wife Anna, back to the podcast to talk about making transitions as effortless as possible. By the end o…
 
In this episode, I have a simple question for you: What would you do with an extra day each week? Would you use it to spend time with your family or work on an important project? Or would you simply rest and enjoy the things you don't normally have time for? Whatever it is, by the end of this episode, you'll know how to increase your productivity b…
 
Have you ever felt stuck in a personal or professional relationship? Have you felt like the harder you try to improve the relationship, the worse it gets, or the more you try to escape, the harder it is to actually make progress? In our last episode, I introduced you to my guest and genius behind the Arbinger Institute, Professor C Terry Warner. In…
 
Have you ever felt seriously stuck in a relationship where the harder you tried, the worse it got? I am thrilled to have one of the wisest people I have ever had the fortune of knowing to be joining us – Professor C Terry Warner. His book Bonds That Make Us Free, changed my life more than once and I return to it regularly. This is part one of two, …
 
Can you think of a problem that irritates you repeatedly? What has the total cost of managing that been to you over several years today? I have invited the New York Times best-selling author Dan Heath to help answer the 10 X dilemma. By the end of this episode, you will be able to solve problems before they happen. Join my weekly newsletter at Greg…
 
A critical key to understanding yourself is discovering the residual results you're getting in your life. These are the things you get by default as a result of the systems and habits in your life. This could look like too many meetings, too many emails, too many calories, too much procrastination, or a myriad of other things. Luckily, there's a wa…
 
Have you ever had someone come to you with a dilemma, but when you start to share your advice, they resist your every suggestion? The relationship gets more strained. You leave feeling frustrated, but when you open up, you immediately get advice and feel more alone and more confused than you were before. For this episode, I continue the conversatio…
 
Have you ever had someone come to you with a dilemma, but when you start to share your advice, they resist your every suggestion? The relationship gets more strained. You leave feeling frustrated, but when you open up you immediately get advice and feel more alone and more confused than you were before. For this episode, I have invited one of my he…
 
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 …
 
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