ENG Immersion | Essentialism 1 | A2 | Pronouns
PART 1 Why essentialism is important?
Have you ever felt like you're working too much and yet you're achieving too little? It is tempting to do work that makes you feel busy, however that work might not necessarily be productive. Over their lives, many people have learned that saying “Yes” to opportunities is what will bring them success. Saying “No” will take away those opportunities and will damage their relationships with their friends, families, and co-workers. Greg McKeown says the opposite. He says that 80% of the things that we do, bring us only 20% of our success. On the other hand, the best 20% of the things we do brings us 80% of our success. This is called the “The Pareto Principle”. Knowing this he says that saying “Yes” too much, and too carelessly will bring us little success. This is because, by saying “Yes” in this way we give up our very important time, which we could have used for something more important. Greg McKeown suggests learning to say “No” more often. He says that saying “No” if it is said politely, will not damage our relationships and will earn us respect from other people.
Now listen to the story told again by Mike.
I felt that I was working so much, but I was still not effective. I was tempted to do a lot of work and that work made me busy, but I was not productive. Over my life, I learned that saying “Yes” to opportunities is what will bring me success. I thought that saying “No” will take away those opportunities and will hurt my relationships with my co-workers, my friends, and my family. After reading the book, I realized that 80% of the things I do, bring me only 20% of my results. On the other hand, 20% of the top things that I do bring me 80% of my results. This is known as the “The Pareto Principle”. Having this information, I realized that saying “Yes” too much and without thinking will not bring me much of my results. I understood that by saying “Yes” in this way I was giving up my time for something unimportant. This means that in the future my I will not be able to say yes to something that might be much more important.
To damage - to hurt To damage means to hurt. The word hurt is more used with people and emotions, while the word damage is more used for things. Success - results A successful person will show results. Success in life is Knowing this and having this information is the same. this is called - this is known as carelessly - without thinking too much
Listen to the questions, think about the answer if you like, or just listen to the answers that are given:
Question 1. Mike felt that he was working all the time. Was Mike working a lot? Yes, Mike was working a lot, he was working all the time.
Question 2. Mike was still not working effectively. Was Mike's work effective? No, Mike's work was not effective, he was working a lot but not effectively.
Question 3. Mike was tempted to a lot of work that made him busy, which is not the same as productive. Was Mike's work making him busy or productive? Mike's work was making him busy, which is not the same as productive.