The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown

Interesting reading on essentializing, decluttering, and saying no to perfectly good things.  Interesting quotes follow:

  • Curiously, and overstating the point in order to make it, success is a catalyst for failure
  • If we ask, “Do I absolutely love this?” then we will be able to eliminate the clutter and have space for something better. 
  • Tom Stafford describes a cure for this that we can apply to career clarity: Instead of asking, “How much do I value this item?” we should ask “If I did not own this item, how much would I pay to obtain it?” And the same goes for career opportunities. We shouldn’t ask, “How much do I value this opportunity?” but “If I did not have this opportunity, how much would I be willing to sacrifice in order to obtain it?”