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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results Hardcover – Apr 1 2013

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Bard Press; 1 edition (April 1 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885167776
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885167774
  • Product Dimensions: 15.3 x 2 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 38 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #2,866 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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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Up front, I want to acknowledge that I think the word "thing" is worthless. Because it can refer to everything (NOT every thing), it refers to nothing. Think about it: "no thing refers to no thing"? Nonetheless, it remains one of the popular words in the English language. This book and its title offer a case in point.

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!
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I loved this book, I'm planning on reading it again this year as I don't want to forget all the amazing information, and Jay liked my picture of the book on Instagram, which I thought was awesome, I would recommend this book to anyone who might be in a rut in their life or wanting to give up on their dreams.
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Gary really breaks it down in an informative and practical way, on how to get focused and work on the most important things first in order to achieve our big goals. This book also debunks a lot of myths about multitasking and the human potential. Great read.
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"Then Jesus said to them, 'I will ask you one thing: Is it lawful on the Sabbath to do good or to do evil, to save life or to destroy?'" -- Luke 6:9 (NKJV)

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 should have been a magazine article. Yes we should all focus on one thing, and that way all our energy going in one direction is most likely to make us successful. The anecdotes and stories dont quite gel with the truth behind the book. The best part was the Russian proverb, "Chase 2 rabbits and you will catch neither one". Basically if you follow that proverb, you have the entire idea of the book in a form you can use every day.
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Great book! Really helps a proper understanding of what it takes to have focus on realizing ones goals. The author also gives practical steps in order to implement the ideas he explained in the book
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If you have a million projects and a list of a million things to do this book helps you narrow it down. Overwhelm is something we all experience and getting back to what matters to us most and focusing on our ONE THING is a sure way toward a meaningful successful life.
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I've read a lot of personal improvement books. None have ever touched me, like this book has. It took me a long time to read this book, as I had to write down so many notes. It's going to be One of the first books I will ever have to reread.
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