“If I didn’t have this opportunity, what would I be willing to do to acquire it?” - Greg McKeown

This question from Greg McKeown’s book Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less (one of the suggested readings in this month’s Curated Resources) has become a litmus test for us when deciding which opportunities, not already in our roadmap, to take on.

It’s only recently that we’ve gotten comfortable saying “no.”

We’re a small team, that thrives on going deep on select projects. Our natural inclination to jump into every incoming opportunity while helpful when starting out, has turned out to be less useful today as our goals and vision for Holstee become more clear.

While we’re still open to new opportunities, we’re far more discerning about the ones we’re willing to invest our team’s limited time and effort into.

A similar approach can be taken to declutter the physical items in our lives by asking “if I didn’t have this already, would I still choose to purchase it today?”

In this month’s Simplicity Guide we explore methods for bringing simplicity into our lives so we can focus on what really matters.

Mike Radparvar
Co-Founder, Holstee

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