The one thing by gary keller

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller Book Summary

3 Key Takeaways:
– What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
– Learning to say no can and will liberate you. 
– If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one.

1. Going Small

· “Going small” is overlooking all the things you could do and doing what you should do.
· You should recognize that not all things matter equally and you should find the things that matter most.
· Going small means your results are determined by how narrow you can make your focus.
· When you prioritize your one thing, you will achieve extraordinary results.

2. The Domino Effect

· According to Wikipedia, a domino effect “or chain reaction is the cumulative effect produced when one event sets off a chain of similar events.”
· Success is built sequentially. The key is over time. Doing one thing at a time.

3. Success Leaves Clues

· The ONE Thing is a dominant subject that appears in different ways.
· The ONE Thing shows up on numerous occasions in the lives of successful people because it’s a fundamental truth.
· The ONE Thing sits at the heart of success and is the starting point for achieving extraordinary results.

PART 1 – The Lies. They mislead and derail us.

4. Everything Matters Equally

· Equality is a lie.
· 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.
· Successful people always work from a clear sense of priority.
· Instead on the to-do list you should focus on the success list. Your to-do list contains a lot of tasks and can take you everywhere, but where you want to go?
· To-do list is long, but the success list is short. Success list takes you in a specific direction and is organised.

· Follow the 80/20 Principle- the majority of what you want will come from the minority of what you do. Also known as Pareto’s Principle.

· Extreme Pareto- Go even smaller by finding the vital few of the vital few.

· In the end, doing the important thing is always the most important thing

5. Multitasking

· When you attempt to complete two things at the same time, you either can’t or won’t do either well.
· It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have. So, we double and triple up in the hope of getting everything done.
· Multitasking does not save time. It wastes time.
· Distraction is normal. Try not to feel bad when you get distracted. Everyone gets distracted.
· Performing various tasks incurs significant damage. At home or work, distraction leads to poor decisions, excruciating mix-ups, and unnecessary pressure.

6. A Disciplined Life

· Success is actually a short race—a sprint fuelled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.
· When you discipline yourself, you’re basically preparing yourself to act with a particular goal in mind. Remain with this long enough and it winds up routine—as such, a habit. So, when you see people who look like “disciplined” people, what you’re really seeing is people who’ve trained a handful of habits into their lives. This makes them to appear ” disciplined ” when really, they’re most certainly not. Nobody is.
· You can be successful with less discipline, success is about doing the one thing right, not about doing everything right.

7.  Willpower is Always on Will-Call

· When we attach our success to our willpower without understanding what that really means, we set ourselves up for failure.
· Your willpower is limited.
· The more we utilize our mind, the less minding power we have.
· So, if you want to get the most out of your day, do your most important work—your ONE Thing—early, before your willpower is drawn down.
· Time your tasks. Do your important tasks first each day when you have the highest willpower.

8. A Balanced Life

· Nothing ever achieves absolute balance. Nothing.
· In your effort to attend to all things, everything gets short-changed and nothing gets its due.
· We should not pursue balance because magic never happens there; magic happens at the extremes.
· To achieve an extraordinary result, you should pick what makes a difference most and give it all the time it requests. This requires getting very out of balance in connection to all other work issues, with just rare counterbalancing to address them.
· When you act on your priority, you’ll consequently leave balance, giving more time to one thing over another.

9. Big is Bad

· A big opportunity is better than a small one, but a small problem is better than a big one.
· The only actions that become springboards to succeeding big are those informed by big thinking, to begin with.

· To know your true life and work potential, go big.
· Think big. Think different. Act boldly. Don’t fear failure.

Part 2 – The Truth. The Simple Path to Productivity.

10.  The Focusing Question

· Answers come from questions, and the quality of any answer is directly determined by the quality of the question.
· How we state the questions we pose to ourselves decides the appropriate responses that in the long run become our life.
· If you dream of an uncommon life, you will discover that there is no choice but to seek an uncommon approach to live it.

· The Focusing Question is so deceptively basic that its power is effectively rejected by any individual who doesn’t closely examine it.
· We get extraordinary results from the choices we make and the decisions we make. The Focusing Question always aims you at the absolute best of both by forcing you to do what is essential to success—make a decision.
· The Focusing Question consistently points you at the absolute best of both by forcing you to do what is fundamental to progress – your decision.

11. The Success Habit

· Habits are hard to break and create. We unknowingly keep acquiring new habits all the time.

· How to make focusing question part of your daily routine? Understand and believe it. Use it. Ask yourself the Focusing Question. Start each day by asking yourself. Make it a habit.

12. The Path To Great Answers

1. ASK A GREAT QUESTION – The Focusing Question helps you ask a great question. Great questions, like great goals, are big and specific. They push you to your limits, stretch you to your maximum, and aim you at big, specific answers.
2. FIND A GREAT ANSWER – you need great answers to get extraordinary results.

Part 3 – Extraordinary Results. Unlocking The Possibilities Within You.

13. Live With Purpose

· Our purpose sets our priority and our priority determines the productivity our actions produce.
· Happiness happens on the way to fulfilment.
· Financially wealthy individuals are those who have enough cash coming in without having to work to finance their purpose in life.
· Discover your purpose. Discover your big why. It’s why you’re excited about your life. It’s why you’re doing what you’re doing.

14. Live By Priority

· Purpose without priority is powerless.
· The further away a reward is in the future, the smaller the immediate motivation to achieve it.

Future purpose connects to present priority.

· Set your goal to the one thing. Write down your goals. Once you know your goal you know how to begin.
· Visualize the process – break a big goal into small steps which are needed to achieve it. It helps with strategic thinking you need to plan and achieve extraordinary results

15. Live For Productivity

· Your productive actions can transform your life.
· People who are successful are productive.
· Assembling together a life of extraordinary results basically boils down to benefit the most out of what you do, when what you do matters.

·   Time block your ONE Thing. Protect your time block at all costs.

16. The Three Commitments

· To achieve extraordinary results by time blocking you need to do three commitments.
· First, you should embrace the attitude of someone seeking mastery. Second, you should consistently look for the absolute best methods for getting things done. Also, last, you should be happy to be considered responsible for doing all that you can to achieve your ONE Thing.
1. FOLLOW THE PATH OF MASTERY – when you follow the path of mastery you get extraordinary results
2. MOVE FROM “E” TO “P” – When you’ve done all the better you can do however are sure the outcomes aren’t as well as can be expected be, escape “E” and into “P.”
3. LIVE THE ACCOUNTABILITY CYCLE – hold yourself accountable. Accountable people achieve extraordinary results that other people dream of.

17. The Four Thieve Of Productivity

  1. Inability to Say “No”
  2. Fear of Chaos
  3. Poor Health Habits
  4. Environment Doesn’t Support Your Goals

The One Thing Book

Book Review – This book has helped me find my one thing to focus on. It has made me more productive and given me the mindset to achieve more by doing less. It was a delight to read this book as it is very well-written and scientifically backed.
Rating – 7.5/10

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