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Print Kindle Audiobook. The ONE Thing is the best approach to getting what you want. Where Keller has had huge success, he had narrowed his concentration to one thing, and where his success varied, his focus had too. When you want the absolute best chance to succeed at anything you want, your approach should always be the same. Go small. You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.
Its concept is obviously simple and yet very important. Its easy to apply immediately and it can product dramatic results fast. One of my favorite ideas from the book is the idea that we must time block our one thing. That means putting it on our schedule and protecting that time. If we lose some of that time which is inevitable from distractions or emergencies we must replace it. The questions are stacked and this of course implies that we all have a lot of ONE things but at any given time or moment we really do only have one thing.
I also love the chapter about will power. And in case you are wondering why writing this blog post right now is my ONE thing… the answer is this. My ONE thing is to bring out the inner producer in all of us, and right now the ONE thing I can do is to share this book with the greatest number of people within my circle of influence as possible. Enjoy the book. Jan 20, Manoj Arora rated it it was amazing. My learnings from the book 1 If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either 2 Go narrow and deep.
Ignore all the things that you could do, and do only the things that you should do 3 Not all things matter equally.
Find those that matter the most. When you spread yourself out, you end up being thin. No one succeeds alone.
No one. There are many people, wishes and hundreds of situations that must fall in place for you to suc My learnings from the book 1 If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either 2 Go narrow and deep. There are many people, wishes and hundreds of situations that must fall in place for you to succeed.
Passion leads to disproprotionate practise leding to higher skills leading to better results, which feeds passion further. This chain reaction spirals to extraordinary results. So are the ants. A human mind can focus on one task a time. Only involuntary tasks or automated tasks can happen in parallel.
It is automated in your brain. It keeps getting diminished through the day as you use it. The reason why we should not pursue balance is that magic happens, not in the middle, but in the extremes. This requires getting extremely out of balance in relation to other work issues. You may infrequently counterbalance to address them. Giving it a shot is the only way to get an idea. Achieving big requires growth, and by the time you arrive, you are big too!
If a cluttered desk is an indicator of a cluttered mind, what, then represents an empty desk? Your actions may be stupid, but it is your inaction that will cause you the regret. The best lives aren't lead this way.
View all 5 comments. Apr 06, Zoubir rated it it was amazing Shelves: Honestly, I hated to love this book. But, love it I did. Another page business book about a concept that can be summed up in 1 sentence?
Another one. In a world with an ever increasing number of options and distractions, the scarcity is attention and focus and the ones that will reap the rewards are the ones that acknowledge and build their lives not around novelty and breadth, but meaning and depth. If you sort of believe that but would like to have Gary Keller and Jay Papasan drill it into your head, read the book.
View 2 comments. Jan 27, Jorge Fonseca rated it it was ok. I disliked the book, it's a meshed up version other self help books, like "How to win friends and influence people" from Dale Carnegie; "Think and grow rich" from Napoleon Hill and others alike.
It's a boring read, you get the message 20 pages into the book, and the rest of the book is repetitive. The reason I give it 2 starts is that at least the main message is interesting, focus in accomplish one thing at a time, forget everything else. That's it, I just gave you the whole book and saved you so I disliked the book, it's a meshed up version other self help books, like "How to win friends and influence people" from Dale Carnegie; "Think and grow rich" from Napoleon Hill and others alike.
That's it, I just gave you the whole book and saved you some money. View 1 comment. Sep 13, Amir Tesla rated it really liked it Shelves: It was a really nice book, very well-written and scientifically backed Gary Keller argues that you must always focus on one and only one thing, regarding the goal you have that by accomplishing it, next steps towards the same goal becomes easier.
I think this book has a tremendous potential to increase one's productivity and effectiveness if the given pieces of advice are applied. I really liked the book and would definitely recommend it to those who seek success. Often, motivational books take a few key points, which could be summarized on an index card, and with varying degrees of agony stretch them to fill a book.
In a word: That said, let me give Gary Keller some credit for taking one simple concept, and doing a consistently good job elaborating on it and keeping his book relevant and interesting all the way through. The co Often, motivational books take a few key points, which could be summarized on an index card, and with varying degrees of agony stretch them to fill a book.
The concept: He augments this one concept with lots of actionable tips that are very practical, and easy to understand and implement. If you'd like to find ideas and pointers for prioritizing the things in life that matter to you the most, and getting them done, this is a book from which you will certainly benefit.
The key, of course, for any of us, in reading motivational books, is to then put the ideas into action -- by actually doing the "one thing"! A worthwhile read. Dec 26, Loy Machedo rated it really liked it.
The Book starts off with a beautiful Russian Quote — If you chase two rabbits, you will not catch either one. The First Part address the 6 most popular beliefs and breaks them down to ground reality as to why they are lies and misleading: Everything Matters Equally 2. Multitasking is Good 3. Success Requires a Disciplined Life 4. Willpower is Always on Will-Call 5. A Balanced Life is Required 6. The Focusing Question — How asking the right questions does wonder for you 2.
Live with Purpose — Live a life of Fulfillment 2. Live by Priority — Break Down your Goals 3. I liked the book very much and I would recommend it to others. Overall Rating 8 out of 10 Loy Machedo loymachedo dot com whoisloymachedo dot com Jul 14, Ahmad hosseini rated it it was amazing Shelves: Aug 28, Trever rated it liked it.
I find it hard on how to rate this book. I go back and forth on if I should rate it 2 or 4 stars, so I settled in the middle with 3. It could be worth 4 stars, because it is a great anthology of what motivates us and keeps going towards our ONE thing. It could be worth 2 stars, because it is really redundant and doesn't really show any great resources or research behind each figure. Apr 29, Oleksandr Golovatyi rated it it was amazing.
A great book on time management and productivity. The main purpose of the book is to tell that people can not effectively perform several things at the same time.
By nature, people are not multitasking. They can only quickly switch from one task to another, while consuming a lot of time and effort to refocus. Although outwardly it looks like multitasking, it's just a false idea.
Also, set yourself up really high tasks that will be complex and learn to say "NO" to tasks that do not fit your "the one thing. After reading the book, I made over 40 underlined markers. This book will be a vivid example in your home library. Jan 13, Rrrrrron rated it did not like it Shelves: Bad writing.
Don't waste your time. The author takes a superficial deluded, even take in his case studies to make his point about the "One Thing". He uses Apple, Microsoft and Google for companies that do one thing and does it very well. For anyone who knows the history of these companies knows this is simplistic or outright misleading. There is repeated use of case studies in which the author is obviously ignorant of the industry and the relevant market and technological forces at play These Bad writing.
There is repeated use of case studies in which the author is obviously ignorant of the industry and the relevant market and technological forces at play These further compound the author's lack of credibility and makes me wonder how this book was so highly rated in the site and Audible Uk stores for business books. The author's "One Thing" is a simplistic exaggeration of focus but there are many good books on focus and getting organized.
They also provide more useful advice on how to get focused rather than exhortations to just do so. Feb 22, Mario Tomic rated it it was amazing.
Very powerful book on the topic of productivity and setting yourself up for big goals. My favorite part of "The One Thing" was goal setting, the way Gary Keller is breaking down big goals into small chunks is just genius.
This books is a must read for anyone who feels overwhelmed by too many things to do on their daily schedule. At about one third through, I ended up listening to the rest on Audible, so I could listen at 1. It was kind of a drag. The author is energetic and successful, having started Keller Williams Realty, which I believe is now national across the US.
Apr 18, Ties rated it it was ok. Quite often the writer repeats others and doesn't own up to it. His repetition of the books title quickly grows annoying and I feel a lack of 'density' throughout the book. Even though the writing is rather boring and he presents nothing new, the book inspired me think about priorities and choices in my own life. This made me award an extra star. Mar 25, Arshia rated it it was amazing Shelves: You know those rare and special times when you pick up a book that changes your life?
This is one of those books. What a fantastic book! I wish I had this book entering University or my first job.
I highly recommend it to everyone. I'd give it more stars if I could. The key message is work hard by focusing on one thing. That one thing should inspire and get you out of bed in the morning. As self help books go it was not bad with some insightful strategies and examples. Jul 17, Amirography rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Shayan Kh. This book was amazing! Though it's language is the language of cheap self-help books, but the content is of best qualities.
Those who know me, know how skeptical I am. But this book satisfied my skepticism. The author has done his research. And has done it well. He used major psychology studies and used them just right. His conclusion of these studies has been perfectly right. Even better than some psychology professors at major universities!
He offers really great minimalistic tools and methods f This book was amazing! He offers really great minimalistic tools and methods for practicing the lessons of the book. My major concern was that he may fall on the extreme of over-specialization and 1 dimensional living.
But as I progressed through the book, he delicately covered other dimensions of life. I would recommend this book strongly. But please be sure to read it thoroughly and completely. Mis-understanding his methods may cause harm. View all 3 comments. Jul 29, Anyta Sunday added it. I am re-reading. Actually listening over Audible. For me, this feels like good advice for tackling the feeling of being overwhelmed.
Let's see. Feb 03, Asta rated it really liked it. I'm not a reader of self-help books. I came across a recommendation by a columnist in a business magazine, so I thought I'll give it a go. I liked the book. It brought together many well-known ideas: I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 I'm not a reader of self-help books.
I give this book 4 stars instead of 5 because some parts around mid-way through it seemed like page fillers - such as a lengthy retelling of "The Christmas Carol" by Charles Dickens. I like the no-nonsense approach of this book, and the power of the one idea it suggests the importance of focusing on the ONE Thing if you want to achieve extraordinary results , together with a helpful discussion of the main do's and don'ts while implementing it.
A couple of quotes I highlighted much more on my Kindle as I read it: You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects. Don't focus on being busy; focus on being productive. Allow what matters most to drive your day.
Multitasking is neither efficient nor effective. In the world of results, it will fail you every time. Seen as something we ultimately attain, balance is actually something we constantly do. Your work life is divided into two distinct areas - what matters most and everything else. You will have to take what matters to the extremes and be okay with what happens to the rest. Professional success requires it. Time blocking is a very results-oriented way of viewing and using time.
It's a way of making sure that what has to be done gets done. Take time off. Block out long weekends and long vacations, then take them. You'll be more rested, more relaxed, and more productive afterward. Be a maker in the morning and a manager in the afternoon.
The way to protect what you've said yes to and stay productive is to say no to anyone or anything that could derail you. When you say yes to something, it's imperative that you understand what you're saying no to. Anyone you know who gets little sleep and appears to be doing great is either a freak of nature or hiding its effects from you.
Either way, they aren't your role model. Apr 15, Marcus Solberg rated it liked it. Quite interesting book about how we need to set aside time to focus on the one most important thing for our success: The author challenges the following six "myths" about work. Big is Bad The book is ok, but I found that a lot of it's content is rehashed material from other books on similar topics.
The books is also heavy on Quite interesting book about how we need to set aside time to focus on the one most important thing for our success: If you like me read a lot of non-fiction books, chances are that you've already read a lot of this stuff a hundred times elsewhere. Take home point: Identify the one thing that, if you spent a lot of your time on energy on it, has the biggest potential when it comes to having a positive impact on your work and career. Set aside a block of at least four consecutive yes, no long breaks or chopping it up!
Schedule and protect this time as if it were an important meeting it kind of is, but with yourself! No cellphone, internet, or other distractions during this time. If for some reason you can't make your four hours one day, make sure to make up for it. You don't have to work more than 40 hours per week and you shouldn't sacrifice time with friends and family such sacrifices can many times cause irreparable damage to your relationships.
Most people don't have the discipline to spend nearly as long time as they should on the one thing that has the biggest impact. If you do however, you will soon be well ahead in your game. Feb 03, Wendy Papasan rated it it was amazing.
Even though I read many iterations of this book, the final edition was a powerful read. If you are like me and lack focus in this chaotic world and long for a break from the distractions at work and home, this book is a lifesaver. Sep 06, Goktug Yilmaz rated it really liked it Shelves: Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list—a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.
The 1 thing: Figure out what matters most in the moment and give it your undivided attention. Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. At home or at work, distractions lead to poor choices, painful mistakes, and unnecessary stress. It is trying to carry too many baskets that breaks most eggs in this country.
Go small. Domino Effect: What starts out linear becomes geometric. You do the right thing and then you do the next right thing. Over time it adds up, and the geometric potential of success is unleashed. That time spent eventually translates to skill, and when skill improves, results improve. Better results generally lead to more enjoyment, and more passion and more time is invested. It can be a virtuous cycle all the way to extraordinary results. In order of most favorable times: Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right.
Willpower is like a fast-twitch muscle that gets tired and needs rest. Implementing new behaviors 2. Filtering distractions 3. Resisting temptation 4. Suppressing emotion 5. Restraining aggression 6. Suppressing impulses 7. Taking tests 8.
Trying to impress others 9. Coping with fear Purpose, meaning, significance—these are what make a successful life. When you focus on the truly important, something will always be underserved. No matter how hard you try, there will always be things left undone at the end of your day, week, month, year, and life. Trying to get them all done is folly. Leaving some things undone is a necessary tradeoff for extraordinary results.
You're juggling 5 balls called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And, it worked.
It was the ONE Thing. Of course, we never said it was only ONE Thing. Success is sequential, not simultaneous. ONE Thing at a time. You want to line things up with the end in mind. Your ONE Thing is always tied to your destination. At any given moment it is your most levered action — your first domino — that starts it all and gets you the most bang for your buck.
Over time, a pattern can emerge around your career, skills and passion. For me, my ONE Thing always comes back to teaching in one form or another. What are your top three career tips based on your book? Make yourself indispensable.
The employees who attempt to be good at everything but master nothing are ultimately replaceable. Dan Schawbel Under 30 I'm a partner and research director at Future Workplace, an executive development firm dedicated to rethinking and reimagining the workplace.
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