Book: The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan
Size: 240 pages
Publisher: Bard Press; 1 edition (April 1, 2013)
Category: Non-Fiction, Business, Management/Leadership
Summary: Do you want fewer distractions and a more productive life? The One Thing shows you how to have just that. By focusing on your one thing you are able to build momentum, have less stress and reach your goals without feeling overwhelmed.
My Review: Jay Papasan was one of the speakers at the Self Publishing Summit. I immediately connected with his message and was eager to read his book. As someone who is a big fan of goals, The One Thing doesn’t disappoint as it takes goals to the next level. I have pages and pages of take-aways from this book. I have already begun to apply some of the principles in the book in my life and I am noticing a difference in my ability to stick with a problem and follow it through to completion.
I listened to it on audible. I wish I would have had my own paper copy so I could underline and take notes in the margins. What I did like was the link to view all the diagrams in the book online. I intend to buy a paper copy and reread it next year.
“Make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most, everything makes sense. When you don’t know what matters most, anything makes sense.”
“Multitasking is a lie”
“Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.”
“It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.”
“If everyone has the same number of hours in the day, why do some people seem to get so much more done than others? How do they do more, achieve more, earn more, have more? If time is the currency of achievement, then why are some able to cash in their allotment for more chips than others?
The answer is they make getting to the heart of things the heart of their approach. They go small. Going small is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It’s a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It’s realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.”
“Tackling these tasks in the order we receive them is behaving as if the squeaky wheel immediately deserves the grease. But, as Australian prime minister Bob Hawke duly noted, “The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.”
I would recommend this book to: Anyone who wants to live life well with no regrets.
Sum it up: “What is the one thing that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”