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Essentialism: Mastering The Art of Saying No and Focusing on What Truly Matters #055

Welcome to The Present Professional, where we navigate the delicate balance between personal fulfillment and professional success. John and Tony embark on a thought-provoking journey into the realm of essentialism, inspired by Greg McKeown’s groundbreaking book. Buckle up and get ready to explore the art of living intentionally, one step at a time.


In this episode of The Present Professional, hosts John and Tony delve into the concept of essentialism, drawing from Greg McKeown’s book “Essentialism.” In today’s fast-paced world, distinguishing between necessary and unnecessary work is crucial. Saying no and setting boundaries allow us to focus on what truly matters and pursue excellence in our endeavors. It’s essential to align daily actions with our larger life vision while prioritizing play, fun, and rest to maintain balance and well-being. Throughout the conversation, they encourage listeners to zoom out to see the bigger picture, zoom in to focus on excellence, and ultimately find harmony between work and play.

Hosts Bio

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John Marshall

The Founder of Humessence, International Coaching Federation Professional Certified Coach (ICF-PCC), National Board Certified Health and Wellness Coach (NBC-HWC), co-host of The Present Professional Podcast, and experienced Yoga and meditation teacher with a highly developed business acumen. John’s ex-corporate career of nearly a decade with ExxonMobil and brief experiences with three other Fortune 100 companies enable him to combine transformational coaching practice with his global enterprise background. He has 5+ years of experience teaching Yoga and meditation and continues to teach weekly, fueling his passion for and commitment to nurturing the mind-body connection.

Tony Holmes

Tony Holmes is a leadership development and diversity professional from Houston, TX. He has managed change and scaled impact across multiple sectors as a consultant, coach, and leader. At the United Way of Greater
Houston, he designs talent programming and leads the organization’s strategy to center equity across all operations and programs. Tony is an Intellectual Contributor and Guest Facilitator for Humessence in the space of Diversity and Inclusion, and a co-host of the Present Professional Podcast. 


In this episode, John and Tony discuss essentialism and its relevance in navigating the complexities of modern life. They advocate for discerning between essential and non-essential tasks, emphasizing the need to prioritize what truly matters. Through anecdotes and reflections, they underscore the importance of saying no, setting boundaries, and aligning daily actions with long-term goals. They also stress the value of incorporating play, fun, and rest into one’s life to maintain balance and well-being. Overall, they encourage listeners to strive for excellence, find harmony between work and play, and cultivate a sense of purpose in their daily endeavors.

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