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Summary of a book that can change your perspective towards life and lead you to success sooner than you expect.
The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papason.
People often feel like their life isn’t the way they planned it to be, that they’ve come so far but this is not what they wanted or this isn’t what they wanted at all or they wanted more.
There comes a time when success becomes a competition and the stairs to success become difficult to climb. This book is especially for the people who struggle to accomplish what they require or who cannot work according to their plan and cannot understand what went wrong.
In the book ‘The One Thing’, Gary Keller, a Real Estate Expert and the renowned author has shared some of the most important techniques of finding that ONE thing that a person can need to achieve their goal. It can help them identify their priorities which then results in extraordinary outcomes in their life; at home or at work.
The author quotes Josh Billings: “Be like a postage stamp – stick to one thing until you get there” but “What’s the one thing?” “That’s what you’ve got to figure out” and that’s what this book can help with. According to the author, success or failure is connected to the way a person approaches it.
The book talks about the importance of focusing on a single task rather than indulging in tasks that can make a person lose their focus on what needs to be done.
It explains how people fail because they believe in lies and myths and do not know the truth that could guide them to reach their destination successfully. It teaches the reader to do a single thing (that they have chosen) in the best way possible rather than going in all directions and keeping multiple priorities.
It’s written in the book that “Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.”
1. The Lies: They mislead and derail us
This part of the book talks about the lies that can distract a person such as multitasking, a balanced or a disciplined life, how everything matters equally, will power is always on will-call and big is bad.
It explains that believing in irrational things, on a journey to achieve something, can divert a person’s attention. The authors elaborate on multitasking by saying that it is a lie, it only draws away a person’s attention.
According to the book, a balanced or disciplined life cannot be lived if a person focuses on one thing at a time because in that case, they’re bound to break rules and to experience growth by reaching their maximum potential.
The phenomenon that everything matters equally, too, is a lie according to the author because treating everything equally would cause disruption in the rhythm of work that is being done on a certain thing. This section warns the reader that “To achieve an extraordinary result you must choose what matters the most and give it all the time it demands.”
The authors conclude it by saying “Don’t let small thinking cut your life down to size. Think big, aim high, act boldly. And see just how big you can blow up your life.”
2. The Truth: The simple path to productivity
This part of the book mainly focuses on how to set one’s priority straight in order to accomplish something and it helps the readers to re-evaluate their thoughts and beliefs as the authors recommend them to put all their eggs in one basket and then watch that basket which leads to a bigger question ‘how do you know, which basket to pick? – the focusing question.
The authors say “How we phrase the questions we ask ourselves determines the answers that eventually become our life” – this gives rise to the question “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”
This part also helps the reader understand the power of success habits and how it can make a difference in a person’s life or show extraordinary results in achievements.
It also focuses on how a person can develop their own sense and distinguish between the big picture question (What’s my one thing?) and the small-focus question (What’s my one thing right now?).
At the end of this section the readers have been told that “When you make asking the Focusing Question a habit, you fully engage its power to get the extraordinary results you want.”
The authors also conclude that a great question also requires a great answer, which is one of the major challenges.
3. Extraordinary results: Unlocking the possibilities within you
This is the section that has the answers to most of the questions that the reader has by now. It focuses on a person’s purpose, priority, and productivity and how these phenomena are linked together.
As it’s said in the book that “Our purpose sets our priority and our priority determines the productivity our actions produce” and that “A life lived on purpose is the most powerful of all — and the happiest.”
The writer recommends blocking time because resting is as important as working and he recommends blocking time at least four hours a day. He suggests that time blocking is only effective when a person understands and repeats the mantra that “Nothing and no one has permission to distract me from my ONE Thing.”
The book ‘The ONE Thing’ makes the reader aware of how the focus is all about knowing what they shouldn’t be doing and what could distract then or get them off the track and if a person wants to attain something successfully (whether it’s about their personal life or professional life), only they can decide what keeps the most significant in their life which helps them to focus on their aim.
It inspires the readers and forces them to ask themselves the Focusing question and the answer to it, by using the authors’ suggestions.