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#719: Walk & Talk with Greg McKeown — How to Find Your Purpose and Master Essentialism in 2024

31 Jan 2024 • 108 min • EN
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Brought to you by AG1 all-in-one nutritional supplement, Helix Sleep premium mattresses, and Momentous high-quality supplements. Greg McKeown (@GregoryMcKeown) is the author of two New York Times bestsellers, Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less and Effortless: Make It Easier to Do What Matters Most. Together they have sold more than two million copies in 37 languages. He is also a speaker, host of The Greg McKeown Podcast and founder of The Essentialism Academy with students from 96 countries. More than 175,000 people have signed up to his 1-Minute Wednesday newsletter. He is currently doing a doctorate at The University of Cambridge, and he is easily one of my favorite thinkers on all things related to effectiveness, efficiency, and—at the end of the day—quality of life.  Greg is originally from London, England, and he and his wife Anna are parents to four children. Please enjoy! 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I’ve been using their magnesium threonate, apigenin, and L-theanine daily, all of which have helped me improve the onset, quality, and duration of my sleep. I’ve also been using Momentous creatine, and while it certainly helps physical performance, including poundage or wattage in sports, I use it primarily for mental performance (short-term memory, etc.). Their products are third-party tested (Informed-Sport and/or NSF certified), so you can trust that what is on the label is in the bottle and nothing else. If you want to try Momentous for yourself, you can use code Tim for 20% off your one-time purchase at LiveMomentous.com/Tim. And not to worry, my non-US friends, Momentous ships internationally and has you covered.  * [10:02] How 2023 informed 2024’s highest priorities. [16:09] Greg’s system for effortless execution of daily tasks. [27:42] Directional documents, shameless repentance, and shifting success. [36:53] Poetic mysticism and matchmaking introspection. [41:51] What compass guides you toward purpose? [45:10] The truth as a path to your best possible future. [50:34] Maslow’s forgotten pinnacle of self-transcendence. [54:28] Why self-actualization is an insufficient foundation for meaningful relationships. [1:03:09] Recommended reading for relationship cultivation. [1:07:43] A true, bittersweet tale of progressively deepening love. [1:13:28] The benefits of treating social media as an option rather than an obligation. [1:16:12] AI: good servant, poor master. [1:17:23] Blocking time for a top priority. [1:27:55] “It’s the tools, stupid.” [1:30:56] Embracing the constraints that stack the decks in your favor. [1:35:41] How to sign up for Greg’s free “Less, But Better” 30-day email program. [1:37:09] Employing the George Costanza opposite life hack. [1:40:53] Parting thoughts. * For show notes and past guests on The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast. For deals from sponsors of The Tim Ferriss Show, please visit tim.blog/podcast-sponsors Sign up for Tim’s email newsletter (5-Bullet Friday) at tim.blog/friday. For transcripts of episodes, go to tim.blog/transcripts. Discover Tim’s books: tim.blog/books. 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