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Summary of Essentialism: Includes Key Takeaways and Analysis

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PLEASE This is a summary, analysis and review of the book and not the original book.

Greg McKeown’s bestselling book, Essentialism offers actionable, life-changing advice on how to separate the few things that matter in your work and life from the noise that constantly surrounds you.

This FastReads Summary & Analysis offers supplementary material to Essentialism to help you distill the key takeaways, review the book's content, and further understand the writing style and overall themes from an editorial perspective. Whether you'd like to deepen your understanding, refresh your memory, or simply decide whether or not this book is for you, FastReads Summary & Analysis is here to help. Absorb everything you need to know in under 20 minutes!

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Original Book Summary Overview
Greg McKeown cuts through the jargon of productivity literature to remind his readers the one thing they are losing sight of in the face of increasing no one can have it all. He builds on the personal philosophy of Mahatma Gandhi, Steve Jobs, and other iconic personalities to offer insightful, research-backed, and practical tips for taking back control of your life by embracing the power of less. Any team leader, parent, or individual feeling strained by the weight of a schedule spiraling out of control will find this book invaluable.

BEFORE YOU The purpose of this FastReads Summary & Analysis is to help you decide if it’s worth the time, money and effort reading the original book (if you haven’t already). FastReads has pulled out the essence—but only to help you ascertain the value of the book for yourself. This analysis is meant as a supplement to, and not a replacement for, Essentialism .

31 pages, Kindle Edition

Published April 2, 2017

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November 21, 2017
Well written summary of McKeowns book

FastReads’ Summary of Essentialism by Greg McKeown Is a well written run down of the essential takeaways from McKeowns book. I liked that the book offers ideas and insights into how one can sort through and decide what is truly essential to us. What seems essential to others really just may not make the cut with someone else which can be disappointing to those who thought it was essential, but they will realize that you’re doing your best work by properly prioritizing your load! I recommend this book to anyone struggling with prioritizing and making the best of the essentials. It’s a super short read and packed full of helpful advice and information on how to become an essentialist! I’ll probably go back through and read it again myself a couple times.
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111 reviews1 follower
November 29, 2017
Here is a quick read to give you the basics of Essentialism and provide insight into the book. I found that it was very easy to follow along and understand. The author does a great job of providing the necessary details but still leaving a need to read the full book. I found the information provided thought worthy and found that it gave me a bit to think about. It does give me that knowledge I needed as to if I wanted to purchase the full book and read it. I would definitely be buying the book in the future to clear up some more facts and details mentioned in this summary. I did find that the information provided were more suited for my working life than my personal life. So all in all the summary was both enlightening and educational in regards to what information was in the actual book.
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33 reviews
July 10, 2022
Great job of summarizing. It leans into essentialism itself by reducing the time to understand the topic in a proactive way.
I liked that the chapters were short and included key takeaways at the end with bullets to revisit quickly. I may use this format for more nonfiction how-to books in the future to engage with essentialism tenets.
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3 reviews
July 24, 2023
Quick but missing key Qs

Overall, this is a great way to get the idea
for someone who hates reading but wants to change things up. However, it does miss many of the key Qs to apply these concepts.
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29 reviews1 follower
January 21, 2022
Succinct summary

This is a succinct summary of the essential takeaways from Essentialism. It was a quick read yet conveyed the important guidance and strategies.
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Author 418 books140 followers
November 23, 2016
FastReads’ Summary of Essentialism by Greg McKeown is an in depth look at McKeown’s self-help book for people who want to change their lives by pursuing less but better, and who want to learn to say no to things that waste time and energy.
This chapter-by-chapter summary discusses each chapter in some detail with the main points highlighted. In a book market that is saturated with new self-help books, this brief summary, which can be read in less than 20 minutes, is an invaluable asset. It gives a thorough look inside the book, enabling you to determine if it’s worth the purchase price.
December 17, 2016
Short and sweet

This short of takeaways was a fun way to get a quick read in - perfect for that hour at the airport.
I especially liked the emphasis on investing in oneself. This is a nice gift idea for anyone who appreciates self improvement goals but doesn't want to invest the time in a long book.
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