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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Hardcover – Apr 1 2013
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About the Author
Gary Keller is chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., which holds the #1 position as the largest real estate company in the world. His New York Times bestselling books have sold more than 2,000,000 copies.
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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However, semantics aside, with assistance from Jay Papasan, Gary Keller rigorously examines a very important insight: The sharper the focus of our attention and effort, the bettter the result will be: answering the ONE question, solving the ONE problem, achieving the ONE objective...producing the ONE result... that is MOST IMPORTANT.
When Keller first began to time block, the most effective t**** he did was to put up a sheet of paper that said, "Until My ONE T**** Is Done - Everything Else Is a Distraction!Read more ›
The title tells the book's key message: concentrate, concentrate, concentrate!
Yet most people probably find doing so to be harder now than ever before, as they fend off interruptions, multiple responsibilities, and being more easily bored. This book is a timely reminder that we do better by focusing our minds and efforts to do just what is most important until it's accomplished. That's because we are limited ... as well as the way that the right results accomplish far more than achieving lots more of other results.
Reminded of this lesson, I resolved to focus my students more in what they learn at one time. I am so glad that I did. Their rate of learning zoomed!
I had learned this teaching concept as "chunking down," an expression I have never liked and that doesn't clarify my thinking very much as a teacher.
The metaphors in the book's early chapters moved me. I especially liked the one about how a falling domino can tip over a much larger one, such that the effects of pushing the first one over quickly multiply to creating enormous results.
Once past these exciting, powerful lessons, I was disappointed to find that the detailed advice for choosing what to concentrate on is far more pedestrian. I also felt that not enough was done to explain how to pick the most valuable improvements, nor the methods to use for accomplishing them. The advice is pretty much same-old, same-old linear thinking that doesn't fulfill the potential of the domino metaphor.
But if you have never read anything about the importance of concentration and what to apply your concentration to, you will find this to be an excellent book to get you started. If you think you know what to do, I believe you will at least gain some new encouragement to follow more often what you know.
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This book will help you to focus one the right thing in your life. No matter what. A sort of mentor. A guide to reach one's goal quite easily!Published 2 months ago by Gilles
Great book with lots of actionable steps on becoming more productive with your goals and how to concentrate on the most important tasks that move the needle forwardPublished 5 months ago by Fawaz S
Easy to follow and implement. Very helpful to analyze oneself purpose and goals. And to decide to do great, amazing, extraordinary thingsPublished 6 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is one of the greatest book I have ever read! Best advice for time managing and how to focus on the purpose of our life. A must-read!Published 6 months ago by Jean-Philippe Coutu