Summary: This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller,The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you. Unabridged version includes:
- A special foreword by Gary Keller. Interludes by legendary guitarist Monte Montgomery.
The answer is here. The One Thing shows you how to whittle down the complexities and extraneous details we all face and stay clear on what it is you want to accomplish, and what you need to do to hit your goals.
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Gary Keller: The One Thing Audio Book Summary
The One Thing is a book which describes a lifestyle and a way of thinking that can help you achieve success. It is based on the idea of a ‘focusing question’. Bill Gates is a great example of what you can achieve if you understand the idea of ‘the one thing’. In high school he had one passion – computing. He focused on developing his skill as a computer programmer, and then he went on to found Microsoft. His razor-sharp focus most definitely paid off.
You may have heard about the 80/20 principle – basically, the idea that a small percentage of what you do accounts for a very large percentage of your results. Dieting is a good example of this -there are a lot of different diets out there that focus on food groups, macronutrients and meal timing, and when you’re close to your ideal weight and trying to get abs, you might need one of those specific diets. However, if you have a lot of weight to loose, then plain old calorie counting will probably work just fine – cut out sugary drinks, track the food you eat and eat smaller portions so that you’re running a day to day calorie deficit and you’ll be fine. You don’t need to focus your efforts obsessively until your daily calorie allowance is so small you’re hungry all the time.
The One Thing expands on that idea. Imagine that you have a massive to-do lost, and you want to just find the things that will have the biggest results for you. Figure out what those really important activities are, and focus your attention on those things. Those things are what will help you to achieve success.
The One Thing is a reminder that most people, these days, are too easily distracted. We let our attention wander and that means that we end up struggling, we flit from task to task and we just don’t get the things done that are the most important.
The One Thing reminds us that finding those small doses of discipline and focusing on our to-do-lists will help us to build up a livelong habit. Those people who seem super-disciplined right now are people who have managed to build a lot of positive habits into their lives. They don’t become disciplined overnight – they build little habits every month or so, until they are so used to doing something that they don’t give it a second thought. Once you’ve done that with a few things, you will be a productive person by default, and it won’t feel too mentally draining.
If you have goals and are struggling to fulfill them, give The One Thing a look – it will help you to reframe the way that you think about work and your daily routine, and hopefully it will pay off in the form of making you more productive and happier, in all aspects of your life, not just in the office.