essentialism

Why did I pick this book ?

Like I said earlier, anything that reaffirms by belief, I go blindly and pick up.  I think this is called as confirmation bias or something like that. I have believed ‘Less is More’ and when I see a title like this , it is natural for me to pick this .

What do I like about the book ?

Gives a neat summary about ‘Non Essentialists’ and ‘Essentialists’ and a neat classification between them with respect to the choices they make in life. It also highlights the consequences of being a non-essentialist and how we can make the transformation towards being an essentialist.

I could identify myself with the sunk cost bias that non-essentialist tend to have.

“Sunk cost bias is the tendency to continue to invest time, money, or energy into something we know is a losing proposition simply because we have already incurred, or sunk, a cost that cannot be recouped. But of course this can easily become a vicious cycle: the more we invest, the more determined we become to see it through and see our investment pay off.”

In both professional and start-up avatars, I have held on to projects hoping a miracle will happen.

“Over the period of a week they also spent an average of 2.8 hours napping in the afternoon: about two hours longer than the average. Sleep, the authors of the study concluded, allowed these top performers to regenerate so that they could practise with greater concentration. So yes, while they practised more, they also got more out of those hours of practise because they were better rested.”

I do not claim to be a top performer in most aspects, but in hours of sleep I match the top-performer.

What is one interesting idea that I learnt ?

“We need to learn the slow ‘yes’ and the quick ‘no.’ ”

Paras or Quotes that I liked

Will you choose to live a life of purpose and meaning, or will you look back on your one single life with twinges of regret? If you take one thing away from this book, I hope you will remember this: whatever decision or challenge or crossroads you face in your life, simply ask yourself, “What is essential?” Eliminate everything else.

How long it would take ?

It would take around 12 to 14 hours and you can safely complete it in a week’s time.

Parting Words

WITHOUT GREAT SOLITUDE NO SERIOUS WORK IS POSSIBLE. —Pablo Picasso

I think we go to many parties , events , meetings just because of the FOMO (Fear of Missing Out) factor. This book would be very helpful to you in helping you deal with FOMO.

Enjoy Maadi (Have Fun)

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