The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan (Review)

The ONE Thing Book Cover The ONE Thing
Gary Keller
Business & Economics
Bard
2013
240

I listened to The ONE Thing last month on Audible and I knew it would be one of my top picks before I finished the book. Answers and solutions came flowing at me so fast I couldn't keep up. I actually finished the book and started it all over again in a single day. I never do that but I just couldn't stop listening. It's a very good book.

"You need to be doing fewer things for effect instead of doing more things with side effects" ~ Gary Keller

I was happy to listen to The ONE Thing for a third time just for this book review and I can't believe how many "new" things I picked up that I had missed from the two earlier reads.

The ONE Thing is an easy read at just 240 pages or less than 5 ½ hours on Audible but it will seriously make a difference in your understanding and approach on productivity if you're anything like me.

  • Do you think Multitasking is an asset?
  • Do you think the super successful are masters of discipline?
  • Do you find that willpower, drive, and focus come and go like the night?
  • Do you think staying busy is important and working harder gets you further?

If you answered yes to any of those questions, You NEED to read The ONE Thing!

Are you productive? Do you maintain a To-Do list?

  • Do you find that your "to-do" list is a never ending source of stress?
  • Do you think maintaining a to-do list is productive?
  • Are you adding more things to your to-do list than you're actually accomplishing?

You NEED The ONE Thing!

The Six Lies That Are Holding Back Success

  1. Everything Matters Equally
  2. Multitasking
  3. A Disciplined Life
  4. Willpower is Always on Will Call
  5. A Balanced Life
  6. Big is Bad

Book Highlights I want to share

The ONE Thing has the best explanation of the Pareto Principle (The 80-20 Rule) I’ve ever heard; short of Perry Marshall’s 80/20 Sales & Marketing book (review coming soon).

I loved the idea of creating a “Success List” rather than a to-do list. The concept is solid and I had implemented it into my life before even finishing the book.

The Audible edition is pretty cool. Co-author Gary Keller begins the audio by reading a poem he wrote for the book, followed by Pam Rose singing “My Life“. That’s not a big deal but, in my opinion, it adds to the (sorry, I have to use a buzzword) user experience. I love that kind of “out of the box” thinking to stand out a little and deliver the best possible content for the reader.

In case you can’t tell, I loved The ONE Thing and can’t recommend it strong enough. It is one of my top picks and I’d love to know your thoughts.
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