Quotes From The Book “The ONE Thing” By Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan is a remarkable book that focuses on the question “What’s the ONE Thing you can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

This book is a Wall Street Journal bestseller. The authors clearly show that behind every successful person is their ONE Thing. No matter how success is measured, personal or professional, only the ability to dismiss distractions and concentrate on your ONE Thing stands between you and your goals. The ONE Thing is about getting extraordinary results in every situation.

The book emphasizes on the Focusing Question “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

Here are some ideas from the book “The ONE Thing” to reflect on:

  • You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.
  • Going small is a simple approach to extraordinary results, and it works.
  • You do the right thing and then you do the next right thing. Overtime it adds up, and the geometric potential of success is unleashed.
  • Success builds on success, and as this happens, over and over, you move toward the highest possible success.
  • The ONE Thing sits at the heart of success and is the starting point for achieving extraordinary results.
  • Don’t focus on being busy; focus on being productive. Allow what matters most to drive your day.
  • When you try to do two things at once, you either can’t or won’t do either well. If you think multitasking is an effective way to get more done, you’ve got it backward. It’s an effective way to get less done.
  • You can actually give attention to two things, but that is what’s called “divided attention”. And make no mistake. Take on two things your attention gets divided. Take on a third and something gets dropped.
  • The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it.
  • When you are supposed to be working, work and when you are supposed to be playing, play.
  • Let the right things take precedence when they should and get to the rest when you can.
  • To stay on track for the best possible day, month, year or career, you must keep asking the Focusing Question. Ask it again and again, and it forces you to line up tasks in their levered order of importance.
  • Our priority is what we place the greatest importance on and our productivity comes from the actions we take. Our purpose sets our priority and our priority determines the productivity our actions produce.
  • Happiness happens when you have a bigger purpose than having more fulfills, which is why we say happiness happen on the way to fulfillment.
  • Time blocking is a very results-oriented way of viewing and using time. It’s a way of making sure that what has to be done gets done.
  • Time blocking harnesses your energy and centers it on your most important work. It’s productivity’s greatest tool.
  • You have to be open to new ideas and new ways of doing things if you want breakthroughs in your life.
  • Extraordinary results happen only when you give the best you have to become the best you can be at your most important work.
  • Live with Purpose, Live by Priority, and Live for Productivity.
  • Actions build on action. Habits build on habit. Success builds on success.
  • A life worth living might be measured in many ways, but the one that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets.

I read this book recently and highly recommend it.

You can click on the following picture to purchase a copy of this book from Amazon.com


One comment

  1. I’m reading this book, and the one thing that I do not agree with is “A life worth living might be measured in many ways, but the one that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets.” We are fallen people and we will always have regrets. I think he may have oversimplified the statement, and if he is referring specifically to regrets associated with not having achieved something we could have, then yes, I might agree. But, at the end of the day, regrets about things not accomplished in this life aren’t the worst thing that could happen to us. Not ever having known or lived for the love of God through his Son, Jesus, is the worst that could happen to anyone.

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