The Retirement Resource 015 – Essentialism In Retirement with Certified Coach Joe Schum


In this episode, Beau and I talk about the Essentialist philosophy. This is an idea that comes from the bestselling book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less, written by friend of the show Greg McKeown.

Essentialism rejects the idea that “we can have it all,” instead suggesting that we should focus on “the pursuit of ‘the right thing, in the right way, at the right time.’”

It may seem like a common sense philosophy – to focus only on what you value most, saying no to everything else – but it’s not common practice.


  • What essentialism is.
  • The essentialist’s idea of work and play.
  • Boundaries in retirement
  • The power of saying no.
  • Paying attention to tradeoffs
  • How you can start implementing essentialism in your life today.

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