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The ONE Thing

The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results is a business-related self-help book, written by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan. It deals with the importance of narrowing down your focus in life. The book has occupied the bestseller lists of The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, and USA Today.

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Lesson 1. Introduction.

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results discusses the value of simplifying one's workload, which can be done by focusing on the most important task in any given project.

It also talks about the general business principle of choosing a single task to work on. This theoretically maximizes the efficiency of that task and the overall project.

The authors, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, are also real estate entrepreneurs. The ONE Thing refers to numerous scientific studies on willpower, habits, and productivity, that illustrate their importance. 

The book also discusses the benefits of prioritizing a single task, while providing examples of how to engage in those tasks with singular focus. The authors also challenge the concept of "work-life balance", calling it "idealistic, but not realistic." 

The book mainly advocates the fact that success comes from focusing on only that ONE thing, not many. You should figure out that ONE thing and work hard towards achieving it. Try to avoid the pitfalls. In the end, you should be able to give your best shot, where it matters. 

Lesson 2. Prioritize your tasks.

When you have a lot of things to work on, how and from where do you start? Having multiple things to complete, can create confusion and reduce interest. 

To effectively perform all the tasks, it is important to prioritize them first. Make a to-do list of all the things you have to complete. But create your list in a way that the most important tasks are given the highest priority.

It is crucial to keep in mind that all the tasks aren’t equally important. Some of the tasks can be completed in less time compared to others. Hence, choosing the ones of higher importance is vital.

This point is made on the basis of the Pareto Principle. Pareto Principle is the 80/20 principle, which was introduced by Joseph M. Juran. Joseph was a pioneer of quality-control management while working for General Motors.

The 80/20 principle states that 80 percent of your results and outputs are delivered by 20 percent of your inputs and actions. The key point of this principle is simple enough: find a task that is important and will contribute the most to your success. Prioritize on this task.

Work hard on the things that will make your future achievements easier and then build momentum over time. Do fewer things, and focus on a single achievement. 

In that way, your energy will remain concentrated on the areas where the

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About the author

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Gary Keller is chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., one of the largest real estate companies in the world. His New York Times bestselling books have sold more than 1,300,000 copies. Jay Papasan, a former editor at HarperColli...

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Chapter List
  • Lesson 1. Introduction.
  • Lesson 2. Prioritize your tasks.
  • Lesson 3. Focus on a single product and work hard to build it.
  • Lesson 4. To be more specific with your goals, ask yourself the ‘focusing’ question. 
  • Lesson 5. Inculcate successful habits.
  • Lesson 6. Commit yourself through purposeful thinking.
  • Lesson 7. Time-blocking is the key strategy.
  • Lesson 8. Balance your personal and professional lives.
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In the summary of The ONE Thing book, there are 8 key lessons. These lessons include:

  1. Lesson 1. Introduction.
  2. Lesson 2. Prioritize your tasks.
  3. Lesson 3. Focus on a single product and work hard to build it.
  4. Lesson 4. To be more specific with your goals, ask yourself the ‘focusing’ question. 
  5. Lesson 5. Inculcate successful habits.
  6. Lesson 6. Commit yourself through purposeful thinking.
  7. Lesson 7. Time-blocking is the key strategy.
  8. Lesson 8. Balance your personal and professional lives.

The ONE Thing by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan was published in .

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