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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 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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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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Have you ever felt frustrated by the endless pursuit of efficiency? Have you ever felt that there was more to life than the zero inbox? Well, today is part one of a two part interview with Oliver Burkeman, the author of Four Thousand Weeks: Time Management for Mortals. For many years he wrote a popular column on psychology for The Guardian called T…
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Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, What Would You Do With an Extra Day Each Week? 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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Today is part two of the conversation with Ron Johnson, formerly the Senior Vice President at Apple. He was the lead designer of the Apple retail stores, as well as the Genius Bar and many other things that we take for granted in the experience that Apple successfully created. If you've ever wanted to see behind the curtain about how the Apple tran…
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Have you ever wondered how America's wealthiest families manage their fortunes across generations? A lot of people think it's all about the initial success, the sheer magnitude of the wealth itself, but that is wrong. What we know now is that there is a single rule that makes the difference between intergenerational wealth and being broke. By the e…
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Have you ever met someone who made a disproportionate impression upon you? You didn't have conventional conversations with them. Instead, it was something more meaningful, even life-changing? Well, in today's episode, part one of a two-part interview with Ron Johnson, Ron describes specific moments and conversations that he had with Steve Jobs. Ron…
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Have you ever wondered why some people always seem to have a hunger for knowledge and new experiences? Many people believe that curiosity is just an inborn trait, but the truth is it's a powerful discipline that can be cultivated. In this episode, we'll delve into one of the most extraordinary relationships in Silicon Valley history to inspire us i…
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How do we connect with our inner voice amidst the noise of modern life? What is the relationship between inner peace and outward success? How can we harness the power of technology without becoming its servant? Today’s guest, Hitendra Wadhwa, and I explore these questions and the pursuit of success both inwardly and outwardly. By the end of this ep…
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What if you could design a personalized essentialist daily routine in seconds? This is part three of a multi-part series about how to use AI to make a more essentialist, effortless lifestyle. By the end of this episode, you will be able to make AI your servant rather than your master in setting up your daily routine. Join my weekly newsletter at Gr…
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Have you ever wanted to make sure that technology would be something that you mastered rather than it mastering you? This is part 2 of my discussion with Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft on how to make technology a tool, not a weapon. By the end of today's episode, you'll learn the one single strength Brad observed in all three CEOs of Micros…
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How are you doing at saying no gracefully? If this continues to be a struggle for you as it still is for me, then today's episode can help. By the end of today's episode, you will learn how to use AI tools including ChatGPT to make saying no more effortless and more graceful. This is part two of a multi-part series in how to use AI to make a more e…
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Have you ever wondered whether technology was a blessing or a curse? Have you ever wanted it to be more of a tool than a weapon? In today's conversation, I have invited Brad Smith, the president of Microsoft to the conversation on AI. He is among other things, the author of a book called Tools and Weapons, in which he articulates how technology can…
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What would you do with an extra hour in your day? Would you use it to be even busier or would you use it to create space to think? This isn’t a hypothetical question. We are all faced with this scenario now cause of the launch of a whole array of AI tools, including ChatGPT. This is part one of a multi-part series of solo episodes and interviews ab…
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This is part two of my conversation with Anna McKeown talking about transitions and how we can transition more gracefully. By the end of this episode, you will be able to more gracefully handle the transitions of your life. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Learn more about you…
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How does essentialism help us with life's big transitions? By the end of today's episode, you will have one clear essentialist strategy that you can use before, during, and after the great transitions, whether they're expected or unexpected. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at GregMcKeown.com Le…
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Have you ever struggled with a major transition in your life? Could be moving house, a new job, a death in the family, serious illness, the loss of a job, unexpectedly moving to a new state or country, a relationship shift that you weren't expecting, or many, many other small but still disruptive transitions. Well, today in part one of a two-part i…
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Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, It's Not Too Late. 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 the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, Perspective, Happiness & Social Friction with Dr. Rangan Chatterjee. Thanks for listening. Learn more about Dr. Chatterjee here: https://drchatterjee.com/ Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books and courses at Gre…
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Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, The Bottleneck to Everything You Want. 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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Today we are back with part two of my conversation with Tony Ulwick. By the end of today's episode, you will better be able to identify the real job to be done with the people you interact with. That will increase your influence tenfold, while significantly reducing the times that you put effort into creating a new product, or a new service for som…
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Welcome to the Greg McKeown podcast. Today's episode is a replay of one of his most popular episodes, 10X Your Results with Less Effort. 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 wondered why there are so many massive flops in business? How many products and services are launched and then almost immediately forgotten? How can companies spend millions and sometimes billions of dollars to produce something that customers ultimately say is not for them? Today I've invited Tony Ulwick, one of the fathers of the Jo…
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It has long been thought that understanding others is the key to great relationships, but this may be false. What we know now is that helping people feel understood is the key to connection. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to better distinguish the difference and therefore shift from understanding others to helping other people feel unde…
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Today I've invited Matt Abraham's to the show. Matt is a lecturer at Stanford, he specializes in the essentials of strategic communication, and is the host of the Think Fast Talk Smart podcast. I reached out to Matt to issue a friendly challenge, by way of an invitation, to think fast and talk smart on this podcast. By the end of this episode, you …
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Have you ever felt frustrated by the gap between what you feel is essential and your ability to actually execute it? Have you perhaps had that desire for a long time? Maybe it's years now, but still your life is busier and less fulfilling than you wish it was. Today I'm going to share with you a story that I think can really help you if you are str…
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This is part three of a four part solo series on solving the right problem in the life of business and in the business of life. It matters because nothing is more irrelevant or even dangerous as solving the wrong problem. In today's episode, I'm going to go deeper in how to implement the Jobs to Be Done framework. By the end of today's episode, you…
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Today we have part two of my conversation with Philippa Langley. Philippa describes herself as an ordinary person, and maybe she is, but she has achieved an extraordinary mission. She found, against all possible odds, where King Richard III was buried. Nobody else believed her. Nobody in the academies took her seriously, but she had a conviction, a…
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Have you ever worked to launch a product or a service only to see it go flat in the market? Have you ever developed an initiative internally at work only to see the launch fall completely flat? Have you ever put time and energy, and resources into a relationship only to see it go south? Today I will share a powerful failure story, something counter…
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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 Philippa Langley. You might not know that name, but perhaps you've heard of a movie that came out recently.…
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Have you ever been so busy addressing peripheral issues but have that sinking feeling that the real core of the issue is not being addressed? This is part one of a four-part solo series on that subject, and upcoming guest episodes will also be providing more insight on the same subject. By the end of today's episode, you will understand that the se…
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Today is part two of my interview with Bruce Feiler. Bruce is the author of six consecutive New York Times bestselling books. He's a deep thinker and he's interviewed thousands of people to try to understand what really leads to a higher contribution. His research shows that thinking of work as a single linear career where your job is to go higher …
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Have you ever felt working with people in the workplace is harder than it needs to be? It's long been thought that it's faster and easier to just do things yourself, but this can be such a false economy. What we know now is that the right person makes everything faster, easier, and better than if you try to do it yourself. By the end of this, part …
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Have you ever felt that your life could be more than a simple career? Today I've invited Bruce Feiler to be here. He's the author of six consecutive New York Times bestsellers, and by the end of this episode, you'll be able to escape the suffocating idea that all there is to a career is to go higher and higher on a single linear ladder of success. …
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Have you ever wished that you could accomplish more by doing less at work? This is part three of a four part series on how to apply Effortless thinking to the sometimes exhausting world of work. By the end of this episode, you will be able to trade off some of the exhausting meetings and replace them with high yield low maintenance delegation. Join…
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Are you facing a really big decision in your life right now? Or is someone you know facing an important crossroads? How do you process that? How do you make the best possible decision? Well, this is part two of my conversation with Abby Davisson. She's the author, along with Myra Strober, of a book called Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for …
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Welcome part two of a four part series on how to apply Effortless thinking to the world of work. Have you ever felt that email was harder than it needs to be? By the end of this episode, you will have practical suggestions you can immediately apply to take one of the most frustrating and exhausting elements of modern work life and make it easier. J…
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Have you ever had a decision of consequence to make in your life? Something that really made a difference if you go left versus going right? Should I marry this person? Should I take this job? Should I move to this place? Today I have invited Abby Davisson here. She's the co-author of Money and Love: An Intelligent Roadmap for Life’s Biggest Decisi…
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Do you dread attending meetings because they seem like a waste of time and energy? Are you tired of spending your days in back-to-back meetings with little time left to focus on your actual work? If so, this episode is for you. Meetings can be a drain on our time and energy, but they don't have to be. In this episode, the first of a series of four …
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We're back here for part two of my interview with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg. He spent years studying the problem of problems and particularly the skill of reframing problems in order to make sure that before we rush into solutions, we are actually addressing the best possible problem. By the end of this episode, you will have practical tools to uti…
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Welcome to episode four of four about my adventures at the University of Cambridge. How important are friendships in your life? At the end of this episode, you'll be able to cultivate deeper connections with your friends by creating a safe space for open heart conversation. Join my weekly newsletter at GregMcKeown.com/1mw Learn more about my books …
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How much time, money, and energy do you waste solving the wrong problems? That's a question posed by my guest today. This is part one of a two-part interview with Thomas Wedell-Wedellsborg. I became aware of his work after reading an article that he wrote in Harvard Business Review. By the end of this episode, you'll be able to reframe problems in …
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