The take of one of the Top 10 MBA colleges in Hyderabad
“Essentialism is not about how to get more things done; it’s about how to get the right things done. It doesn’t mean just doing less for the sake of less either. It is about making the wisest possible investment of your time and energy in order to operate at our highest point of contribution by doing only what is essential.” ― Greg McKeown
While teaching in one of the Top 10 MBA Colleges in Hyderabad, we recommend students to read many books. One such book is Essentialism – The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. Once out of the MBA college in Hyderabad, you will be faced with a lot of challenges and this book has important lessons that would help you some with some of the hurdles of life at the same time setting you on the path to success. Below are three lessons you must learn from this book and adapt in your life:
Lesson 1 – The Power Of NO
“…either we can say no and regret it for a few minutes, or we can say yes and regret it for days, weeks, months, or even years.”
All our life, we struggle to say this small yet powerful two letter word. What is it that refrains you from saying NO? For many people, their caution to not hurt anybody makes them unable to say no to people but doing this can have dire consequences. “If the answer isn’t a definite yes, then it should be a no.” You may end up hurting yourself by putting yourself off your own priorities and thus suffering eventually or you may end up hurting that person by refraining him from being independent and tackle with his challenges himself.
Lesson 2 – You Are The Major Asset You Have
“The best asset we have for making a contribution to the world is ourselves. If we underinvest in ourselves, and by that I mean our minds, our bodies, our spirits, we damage the very tool we need to make our highest contribution.”
This may sound selfish but this is a fact. Investing in oneself over others is your duty. How can you expect others to be any good to you if you are not good to yourself. Remember the old school quote, “God helps those, who helps themselves.” This does not mean, you should not help others, but you should do so only if you can. You are no good at all to others if you are sleep deprived and drained of energy. You might end up messing the work for others even more. So treat yourself as an asset and invest in it.
Lesson 3 – Routine Is A Powerful Tool
Have you read about Stanford Prison Experiment or watched the movie? It was conducted by Dr. Phil Zimbardo who took a bunch of students and created a prison like situation with half of them as guards and other half as inmates. In few days, prisoners started suffering from depression and stress and guards started showing some unusually cruel character traits. The experiment got escalated to such level that it had to be shut in the middle only.
Greg McKeown says on this experiment, “If simply being treated in a different way conditioned these Stanford students to gradually adopt these negative behaviors, could the same kind of conditioning work for more positive behaviors?” In simpler words, “Treat others the way you want to be treated.” It is totally up to us where we decide to channel our energies. If we focus on good things, everything positive would start flowing towards us automatically.