Episodes
How do you navigate a journey where your true calling and highest contribution is distracted by a parallel yet necessary path? Elena Aguilar shares her passion and goals in writing and the challenges involved in that pursuit. She and Greg explore the vulnerability around courage, and discuss practical, actionable steps to move forward. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 01/18/21
Former Atlanta Falcons GM Thomas Dimitroff shares his lifelong history with football up to his most recent transition within the NFL. He and Greg discuss the importance of prioritizing what is truly essential, along with the value of controlling your time and creating space to be able to grow in mind, body, and soul. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 01/11/21
In this brand-new episode, we’re introduced to Caroline Achkar of Beirut, Lebanon. Caroline shares how discovering Essentialism has helped her in adopting a healthier lifestyle, and the enlightenment that followed in wanting to nurture younger generations as well. She and Greg discuss the challenges involved, and explore practical methods for problem solving and organization.  What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook:...
Published 01/04/21
(Holiday Rebroadcast) Greg's first guest is his wife, Anna – listen in as they go back in time to the start of Essentialism, on that day when Greg realized he got it all wrong. Greg and Anna discuss the importance of family, gratitude, and not over-extending yourself and your time in order to create a positive home environment.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive "Tim Ferris"...
Published 12/28/20
(Holiday Rebroadcast) Drew and Linda Scott go into detail on their vastly different upbringings, and how their parents and families have molded them into the people they are today. Greg, Drew and Linda discuss how the world can be changed for the better, and the individual steps it takes each person along the way to create an effective and lasting change.  Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access...
Published 12/21/20
First generation American-Latina Vanessa Guzman shares the challenge involved in transitioning to an essentialist lifestyle as a woman of color with cultural belief systems. She and Greg discuss the importance of self-prioritization, the necessity to move at a manageable pace, and the value of creating a support system around you in the journey Share the What’s Essential podcast with your co-workers & friends and earn rewards: https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access the exclusive...
Published 12/14/20
In this episode, Josh Shipp (Youth Expert and Author, The Grown-Up's Guide to Teenage Humans) shares his own history as a former at-risk foster child turned youth advocate. Greg, Anna McKeown (special co-host), and Josh discuss how to decode your children’s behavior, the necessity of time and consistency, feelings of inadequacy as a parent, and ultimately raising children to internalize the lessons they are being taught. Share this podcast at https://refer.fm/essential 1 Referral - Access...
Published 12/07/20
Nate Checketts (Co-Founder & CEO, Rhone) and Greg have a very candid conversation on family, dyslexia, modern education, and the realities of work and life during a pandemic. They talk about the necessity of self-exploration and embracing your uniqueness in order to find your own highest level of contribution. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 11/30/20
In this episode, Dana Biberston shares her deeply painful experience balancing health concerns, raising a large family, and maintaining life at home. She and Greg discuss the influence of spirituality in navigating the journey from emptiness to fulfillment, and the importance of Essentialism, perspective, and intergenerational awareness along the way. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg...
Published 11/23/20
Jay Papasan (author, The One Thing) and Greg discuss some of the compatible and parallel elements of their philosophies to reach your highest level of contribution. They go through the mechanism of identifying and prioritizing the most important action necessary to achieve optimal success, in all categories of life from family to business. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 11/16/20
This intervention episode introduces us to Anika – PhD student, traveler, and mother. Anika and Greg discuss her experience finding the essential path and making her dreams a priority. They expand on the fears and challenges involved in making adjustments along that journey, and maintaining clarity on what the underlying dream is. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 11/09/20
Banks Benitez (Co-Founder and CEO, Uncharted) tells us how his organization has transitioned from experiment to execution of a four-day workweek. He and Greg go into detail on the challenges involved, the advantages in prioritizing the larger context of life outside work, and the importance of Essentialism in navigating the ongoing journey. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 11/02/20
Gretchen Rubin (author, The Happiness Project) shares her insight and work on human nature. Her and Greg discuss some of their own creative motivations, understanding different types of personalities, and the importance of relationships and self-knowledge in leading a happier life. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn:...
Published 10/26/20
On this second inaugural episode of the all-new What’s Essential podcast, Anna McKeown and Greg discuss the importance of escape. They talk about the value of relaxation, disconnecting from productivity, and deliberately creating space in order to find focus and insight. What's Essential Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn:...
Published 10/19/20
Wall Street attorney turned podcaster, Jordan Harbinger, gives us a detailed perspective on elite time management and higher value relationship building. Jordan and Greg discuss the importance of intentional structure over reaction, and explore efficient systems to apply these methods practically in our own lives. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 10/12/20
In this intervention episode, Joanna Davey shares how Essentialism has been a catalyst to positive, life changing decisions. Joanna and Greg explore familiar domestic challenges, and discuss the importance of creating time, prioritization, and practice in crafting a meaningful life along an essentialist path. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 10/05/20
In this intervention episode, Grigory and Elizaveta Kharitidis share the uncertainty they have faced in choosing the best path for their family, while encountering challenges to find a community they can call home. The Kharitidis’ and Greg discuss the importance of establishing roots, nurturing opportunity for our children, and creating a culture of values that can be intergenerationally shared. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook:...
Published 09/28/20
Former monk turned purpose coach Jay Shetty (author, Think Like a Monk) shares how his life's calling has taken many profoundly insightful forms, as well as his experience following an Essential Intervention. He and Greg discuss the kind of fulfillment only found through compassion and service to the world. They explore ways we can find alignment within ourselves to create authentic, transcendent happiness.   Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook:...
Published 09/21/20
In this week’s episode, Derrick Johnson (NAACP President and CEO) shares his perspective and experience as a black man in America. Derrick and Greg have a candid dialogue about the current climate and the differences in how they have had to interface with the world. Together, they explore the importance of embracing that which makes you unique and discuss ways we can all be a part of the often uncomfortable, but necessary change. Essentialism Podcast Twitter:...
Published 09/14/20
Former Ironman triathlete turned CrossFit competitor and coach Ben Bergeron (author, Chasing Excellence) shares his perspective on what it takes to obtain ultimate fulfillment and personal success. Ben and Greg discuss the core values and actionable guidelines in creating a winning mindset through an Essentialist path. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 09/07/20
Robert Glazer (author of Elevate, and founder of Acceleration Partners) and Greg discuss the all too common problem of overworking our physical capacity and the obstacles to prioritizing self-care.  They expand on practical solutions to ensuring a balance between elevated productivity and essential well-being. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 08/31/20
This intervention episode introduces us to Danielle LaGrone — college professor, wife, and full-time mom. Danielle and Greg discuss the struggle in choosing between outward accomplishments in the corporate domain and the type of fulfillment that comes from a life centered around family. They ponder the influence of society and family on creating this false dichotomy and the empowering clarity to determine what is truly essential. Essentialism Podcast Twitter:...
Published 08/24/20
How exactly does everything from parenting style to ancient literature influence our accomplishments and constant pursuit of more? Ryan Holiday (The Daily Stoic and Stillness Is the Key) and Greg explore the impact of elite-level motivation, discipline, and introspection on finding essential fulfillment in our personal success.  Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter:...
Published 08/17/20
Cal Newport, author of both Digital Minimalism and Deep Work, shares his research about the inevitable noise of technology and social media in our minds. He and Greg explore practical methods to unplug digitally and cover essential strategies to find deep focus. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg McKeown Twitter: https://twitter.com/gregorymckeown LinkedIn:...
Published 08/10/20
This intervention episode explores the mind of BJ Fogg, author of Tiny Habits, and founder of Stanford's Behavior Design Lab. BJ and Greg discuss the challenges of balancing the demand of an ever-busy work schedule and cultivating optimal quality of life. They discuss how the resolution can be achieved by simply applying small changes with an Essentialism approach. Essentialism Podcast Twitter: https://twitter.com/essentialismpod Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/essentialismpodcast Greg...
Published 08/03/20