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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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Another aspect of business books is their audience. Are they written for a specific group or a general public? Are they preaching to an already converted choir to confirm their preconceived notions or are they offering fresh insights and trying to broaden the horizons of readers?
This book is authored by the very successful founder of one of the nation's great realtors, Keller-Williams. Gary Keller is targeting those business folks who want to find single minded success - the kinds of self-sacrificing, dedicated, and single-minded people he wants to hire and who will make themselves (and him) a great deal of money. "The One Thing" is based on the statement by Curly in "City Slickers". Of course, Keller adapts it to his purposes. Keller believes in focus, utter dedication to your one thing, and driving to breakthrough barriers to get to your one big purpose. Some might call it obsession. He is not a big believer work life balance - he actually rejects it and calls it a lie.
The book has a couple of interesting printing twists to it as well. For example, the key ideas are printed in red inserts. But the coolest thing is that he has pre-marked the book for you. In other words, the key ideas are underlined in what looks like pencil - as if a previous reader had done it for you. But the pencil marks are printed in. But they don't look like printed underlines, they look like pencil.
I am positive this book can and will work well for its target audience.Read more ›
Simplicity recognizes the important thing while ignoring the trivial things. Simplicity makes you more efficient and more effective simultaneously.
The One Thing by Gary Keller is a quick overview of simplicity. Keller is the founder of one of the largest real estate companies in the world and the author of several successful books. Keller draws on his profitable experience and shares his simple secret to success.
The One Thing has an inspiring message, but as a whole the book feels like a long speech by a motivational speaker. The book lacks interesting anecdotes that could really bolster Keller's message. The pages contain curious graphs however none are based on any real numbers just ideas. And it gets a little annoying that the author has pre-underlined parts of the book, that doesn't really give me the opportunity to have the book speak to me.
Keller has a good message: focus on the one thing and everything else falls into place. I am not sure if a whole book was necessary, but the message can definitely perk you up. It's sort of like soda, it tastes really sweet, it gets you caffeinated and pumped up but the feeling doesn't last long because there was no real nutrition to sustain you.
In an information overload and multi-tasking world their message is clear and single-minded. You have to FOCUS on ONE thing. Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus. Of course for most of us that is really hard to do. Distractions and popular philosophies are often the reasons why we think we can't or didn't succeed.
Well, early in this book the authors challenge six widely popular beliefs and confront them as lies.
1. 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. Big is Bad
They thoroughly discuss each point, although I am sure one could write a book about each of these topics. But that's not what this book is about. This is about ONE thing, and that's FOCUS. Being successful, according to the authors, requires less discipline than you think. It's about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. So if you wish to thrive, prosper and flourish...decide what things you're not going to do!
Bottom line... this is a self-help book and I have read hundreds of self-help books, even written some. I can vouch that it's always way harder to create, write and compile your many thoughts into a string of words that deliver a powerful message. Gary and Jay have done a great job! The book is an easy read with good structure, commonsense illustrations and a singularity of message. I would most certainly recommend reading the book.Read more ›
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"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.
The way to get the most out of your work and your life is to go as small as possible...
When you go as small as possible, you'll be staring at one thing. And that's the point." ~ Gary Keller from The ONE Thing
This book is phenomenal.
It's a really (!) well written, incredibly simple, concise, practical analysis of the whys and hows of discovering and executing our ONE Thing.
It's packed with Big Ideas.
1. The Domino Effect - Is bigger than you may think.
2. Success Lists - Are better than to-do lists.
3. Extreme Pareto - 80/20 to the max!
4. Habit Formation = Using finite discipline wisely.
5. The Focusing Question - Helps us arrive at The ONE Thing
"When everything feels urgent and important, everything seems equal. We become active and busy, but this doesn't actually move us any closer to success. Activity is often unrelated to productivity, and busyness rarely takes care of business." ~ Gary Keller
I highly recommend it!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very informative. Getting myself back on track and focusing on the ONE THING that's most important to mePublished 2 days ago by Amazon Customer
Awesome! Highly recommended. I've gotten more done since reading this book than I have in the past 45 years. No joke.Published 2 days ago by Jeff
Lots of great tips to get you more productive and boost your learning curvePublished 3 days ago by George Lucas
I stumbled across this book while killing time looking at the book rack in a package delivery store. Read morePublished 4 days ago by DiamondJag
This was a very solid book which helps one focus on what matters. Very good for those of us who are scattered and have too much going on at once.Published 4 days ago by L Squared
I really like this. I thought the book did a great job of explaining that it's not about doing more it's about doing the right thing. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Financial Guru
Great advise on how to know what's important and how to work on it!Published 5 days ago by Amazon Customer
It's like the 80/20 principle on steroids! Its changed how I look at my business and the world. A must read for anyone who wants to accomplish anything!Published 7 days ago by Nicholas Snapp