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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Hardcover – April 1, 2013
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About the Author
Jay Papasan, a former editor at HarperCollins Publishers in New York, coauthors Gary’s books and is Vice President of Publishing at Keller Williams. He’s a frequent event speaker and corporate trainer.
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Have you stumbled upon books that changed your life around? Have you ever felt the Universe arranged everything for you to be at the right time on your computer, reading the right article that mentioned the perfect book you were meant to read at that specific point in your life? As if it was written specifically for you?
That's how it felt with this book. Now that I'm 2 chapters away from the end, I feel like I don't want it to. It now looks way thicker than when I got it, with almost every few pages dog eared. I've never read any book with so much actionable ideas after each sitting and this just might be the first book I'll consider re-reading. Not because it wasn't understood the first time around, but because I simply want to inundate myself with all its the ideas.
Below are some of the highlights that profoundly resonated with me but I invite you to grab a copy and read the whole book. Its simple, direct, honest and immediately actionable.
1. Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.
2. Achievers always work from a clear sense of priority. Instead of a to do list, you need a success list -- a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.
3. The majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do.
4. Success is actually a short race -- a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.
5. It takes an average of 66 days to acquire a new habit.
6. You make doing what matters most a priority when your willpower is at its highest. Do your most important work -- your ONE thing -- early.
7. How we phrase the questions we ask ourselves determines the answers that eventually become our lives.
8. Focusing question: What's the ONE thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
9. Our purpose sets our priority and our priority determines the productivity our actions produce.
10. Who we are and where we want to go determine what we do and what we accomplish.
I always wanted to be a writer and a designer. I have a blog and I wrote over 75 posts in the last year and a half but I started to feel like I didn't have a clear idea for my writing or my business period. I was starting to lose confidence in what I was doing. After reading this book not only do I have a clear vision for my writing I also created digital art memes for every article I write. I am having sooo much fun creating my blogs and my art. I have put each design up for sale online and I am making passive income from my designs. Soon I will be finished writing my book and I will be making even more passive income.
I did each step that was suggested in this book and it really helped me tremendously. I am having soo much fun right now. I feel like the weight of the world is off my shoulders and I have a life purpose because of this book. I have never been more confident about my future than I am right now. I highly recommend this book. Thank you, Gary and Jay, for writing this amazing book. It really changed my life.
You won't regret the things you do, it will be the things you chose not to do, that will result in regret. Don't let not buying this book become a regret. I personally regret not getting it sooner! It's one of those books you can reread over and over and get something new out of it every time. Don't hesitate! Buy it today and change how you think about life!
Top international reviews
The idea that you should focus on the area where you can have the biggest impact on performance makes a great deal of sense. It's the logic for the weakest link of the chain and the main idea behind the Theory of Constraints.
On the other hand, one is a number that scares me because it leaves you vulnerable. One person to love, one source of income, if you're a business owner, one product, one customer, or one way of finding customers. In these terms, it doesn't make sense.
The idea can be twisted too far. I felt that some readers would take the idea of concentrating on one literally.
I'm a fan of the 80/20 rule. Concentrate on the 20% of activities that brings 80% of rewards. That seems more balanced to me.
In the first section of the book, about the lies used to mislead us, I felt the author was setting up straw men, that is, false parodies of ideas to then debunk.
It seems ironic to me that's a book about the one thing is quite long and talks about many things to live this way.
I think part of my problem is that I refuse to accept the concept of the one thing. I prefer the idea of the critical few. Focus is great ask and you should ask yourself a version of the question so you keep a clear priority and work to it.
The book encourages you to plan backwards (an excellent idea) by continually focusing on the one thing that is needed previously.
Let's say but you decide the one thing you want to do is to be a great father. A very worthy objective.
And then you ask yourself what's the one thing you can do to be a great father and decide it's to prepare the children for a life of independence so they can stand on their own, if needs be.
And you decide the one thing to do that best is to make sure they have an excellent education and through it commit to a lifetime of learning.
The one thing to do that is to send them to an excellent private school so they have every advantage.
That means you need to earn a great deal of money, so either have to work extremely hard to become a successful employee who is regularly promoted or through your own business. And that means long hours away from home.
I feel this chain of logic makes sense until you recognise what it might cost you. It means missing out on your children growing up and all the pleasures and special memories that brings. It also probably means you're divorced because your wife hasn't been a priority. The sad result is that despite your best intentions, you'd look back on your life and realise that you hadn't been a great father.
Rather than focusing on the one thing, if you focus on the critical few, you can get a better result because you're able to find balance. True it never balances but you can see which bit is most out of kilter and focus on that one thing until something else comes the weakest link.
The book makes some excellent points but I also worry about where it can take you. I find I can't give it a strong recommendation but my three stars means that it is worth reading.
Paul Simister, business coach
Btw, if you are so eager to know the whole substance of the book in one sentence here it goes: If you want to be successful in your endeavor then don't scatter your mind and work into various direction but keep just one thing in your mind, have a focused and singular attention to your goal only, and that's it.
What an unique idea, right?
Thank you Amazon
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