The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

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Since its April, 2013 publication The ONE Thing has made more than 125 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, BookScan, and 800CEOREAD.

The ONE Thing was chosen one of the Top 5 Business Books of 2013 by Hudson’s Booksellers and one of Top 30 Business Books of 2013 by Executive Book Summaries.

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Overview

Since its April, 2013 publication The ONE Thing has made more than 125 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, USA Today, Publisher’s Weekly, Entertainment Weekly, Los Angeles Times, Reuters, BookScan, and 800CEOREAD.

The ONE Thing was chosen one of the Top 5 Business Books of 2013 by Hudson’s Booksellers and one of Top 30 Business Books of 2013 by Executive Book Summaries.

People are using this simple, powerful concept to avoid overwhelming distractions in their personal and work lives so they can focus on what matters most. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Churches are conducting classes and recommending from the pulpit.

YOU WANT LESS.

You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what’s the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions—and lots of stress.

AND YOU WANT MORE.

You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.

NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH—LESS AND MORE.

In The ONE Thing, you’ll learn to

• cut through the clutter

• achieve better results in less time

• build momentum toward your goal

• dial down the stress

• overcome that overwhelmed feeling

• revive your energy

• stay on track

• master what matters to you

The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life—work, personal, family, and spiritual.

WHAT’S YOUR ONE THING?

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Part motivational book, part self-help, the latest from Keller (The Millionaire Real Estate Agent), together with Papasan (president of Rellek Publishing), vies to give us a path for achieving extraordinary results. Keller challenges the worthiness of deeply rooted notions-a balanced life, discipline, willpower, multitasking-and presents his insights with a coach's verve and goal-oriented approach. He begins by examining the attitudes and ideas that derail us. From here he moves on to show us how to become more productive; and this, he claims, relies on focus, which leads him to ask: "What's the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?" While the book does grab you by the collar, many of Keller's points are more rhetoric than argument. For example, he challenges the philosophical idea of balance and concludes that it does not exist: "It is a grand idea, but not a very practical one. Idealistic, but not realistic." Unfortunately, though, while the actual philosophical idea is about ethics, Keller is referring to work-life balance. Despite the book's appealing style and energy, more intellectual substance would have helped the overall work. 34 illus.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781885167774
  • Publisher: Bard Press TX
  • Publication date: 4/1/2013
  • Pages: 240
  • Sales rank: 16,466
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 8.40 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Gary Keller is chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., which holds the #1 position as the largest real estate company in North America. His New York Times bestselling books have sold more than 1,300,000 copies.

Jay Papasan, a former editor at HarperCollins Publishers in New York, coauthors Gary’s books and is Vice President of Publishing at Keller Williams. He’s a frequent event speaker and corporate trainer.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    MUST READ!!!! I have learned how to narrow focus and put my blin

    MUST READ!!!! I have learned how to narrow focus and put my blinders on to achieve the things that are most important to me and I am seeing my life getting bigger each day.. I love how this book talks about how success is a sequence of small steps. Lining the dominos up one at a time! Because of this book I now know what my ONE thing is that I need to do everyday that will make everything else seem easier and unnecessary! My fortress around my One thing gets stronger everyday! Thank you Gary and Jay for this amazing book!!!

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2013

    Wow! This is a game changer. It's not just about business, it's

    Wow! This is a game changer. It's not just about business, it's about how to improve your life. It's changed my habits personally and professionally already and I just finished it last Sunday. READ. IT. NOW.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    This book..The One Thing is more than a quick read you want to p

    This book..The One Thing is more than a quick read you want to pick up, read and then stack in your bookshelf. Using the guidelines in this small book can radically change your life. Have you ever wondered what is the One Thing you are really good at doing and why by doing this One Thing in the key areas of your life you can enjoy a more fulfilling life? Pick this book up and prepare to be amazed. 

    Looking for the next book that will challenge you to grow as a friend, business associate or find your purpose in life? Buy two copies because you will want to share one and keep your copy for a second and third read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    This book teaches one the process of doing those things that wil

    This book teaches one the process of doing those things that will have the biggest impact on one's life. The ideas presented here will show you the way to clean up the clutter in your life that is holding you back from what you really want. You will learn how to tackle that really matter that will have to most impact for you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    This is by far the best book I have read in years. It is a real

    This is by far the best book I have read in years. It is a real life, simply stated book to get you living life on your terms and at extraordinary levels. It removes all the what if's or don't have enough time and shows you where to place your focus to breakthrough all those barriers. I have shared this book with so many people of all business backgrounds. This is not a real estate book, this is a life book. ENJOY!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2013

    My whole life I was told to multitask, yet it was the biggest mi

    My whole life I was told to multitask, yet it was the biggest mistaken belief ever. One week after reading the One Thing has changed my life for the better!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    I personally heard Gary Keller speak yesterday for nearly four h

    I personally heard Gary Keller speak yesterday for nearly four hours on his new book, "The One Thing".  I was truly amazed by his enthusiasm of his message and at the rich content.   His book is so applicable for today's business person, parent or individual seeking to better themselves the lives of those around them.  I told a friend later that afternoon that Gary's information found in his new book is "worth $1,000,000 in annual income" to me!  The book is very well laid out and easy to follow.  I believe it could have a huge and very positive impact in your life!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 15, 2013

    Good read so far!

    Still reading but excellent insight on different perspective of multitasking.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 15, 2013

    Gary Keller is one of the most articulate writers. His in depth

    Gary Keller is one of the most articulate writers. His in depth knowledge on how to live and grow a business is amazing. This book will help you re-structure your life so the one thing that matters most to you will happen. I have read most of his books and this is by far the best.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    This is not just for those in the real estate industry. We ALL

    This is not just for those in the real estate industry. We ALL have too much attacking us daily from so many directions, we are only ONE person. I use to be proud of multi-tasking till I realized what it was doing to me. By continually trying to multitask your brain is 28% less effective. Compare that to 4 employees working for you, being paid by you but yet production achieved is only that of 3 people. Additionally, Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time. Multitasking is NOT a word created for humans but for computers!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 7, 2014

    Gary Keller¿s The ONE Thing amasses the best productivity insigh

    Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing amasses the best productivity insights out there into one practical, page turning book.

    Reflecting on his own life, Keller wrote, “I looked back at my successes and failures and discovered an interesting pattern. Where I’d had huge success, I had narrowed my concentration to one thing, and where my success varied, my focus had too.” That’s because, as Keller notes, “There will always be just a few things that matter more than the rest, and out of those, one will matter most.”

    What Keller sets out to do, then, is simple: help the reader find their “One Thing” and focus on that until they find success. What the reader discovers is a wide-reaching examination of psychological studies, pieces of advice from the best leadership wisdom in print, and compelling stories of focus and determination.

    Admittedly, much of the material covered is found in other books; but to me, that’s the real value of this encouraging, practical read. Keller distills the “best of the best” regarding productivity and focus and weaves the cacophony of voices and disciplines out there into a thoughtful manuscript, marked by his own unique inspiration and candor.

    If you’re looking for help identifying your “ONE thing” and turning it into reality over the long haul, then The ONE Thing is a book worth checking out.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

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    Again... creepy! As for ideas...maybe you could have him find some other people in the same situation...communicating over long distances by phone or fax or something equally ineffictient? Just to make this all harder. Or even...have the protagonist wind up a zombie (infected)? I don't know if anyone's ever tried to write that...particularly on the nook. It would be a cool plot twist, though..

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 4, 2014

    NO PLACE IN HELL

    So sorry for the delay, peeps! Nook was being fuc<_>ked up. Now, if you're wondering how the infection spread so fast, well, for one thing, there is the airborne strain, for another, airplanes and ships with infected passengers, etc.)) So. Reality check. Here I am, trapped in the police station, crazy people on the outside, not-so-dead Alexa, and no escape. Alexa has the same hungry, maniacal gleam in her eye as David, and takes one look at me before scrambling up, charging right at me, and tackling me to the floor. Twisting and shoving her away in midair, I manage to land in position to get up in a second, and also to get her a few feet away from me in the process. Suddenly, the door flies open. When Alexa tackled me, she shoved me away from the door! The only thing between me and the things trying to pound their way in! Deciding not to use my pistol anymore, as killing them seems very extreme, and pulling it was a scare tactic, I unhook a canister of mace from my belt. Raising it, the next person gets a facefull. Expecting him to go reeling in pain, I am slow to respond when he seems unaffected, and throws me down. When I hit the ground hard for the third time in under an hour, anger takes over my fear. <p> Discarding the mace and pulling my gun, my vision goes red around the edges, and, throwing my attacker away, the next few minutes are a blur of threats and reactions, and every monster is down. As my head clears, adrenalin wears off, weariness sets in, and seeing the mangled bodies of my former co-workers, the full impact of what I just did hits me hard. I never thought I would kill someone. Ever. Only the thought that they would do worse to me keeps me from curling up and sobbing. <p> Slowly, the tactical part of my mind analyzes the data set before it. There don't seem to be any logical answers. Not even drugs. For one thing, not that many people would take them at the same time. And not much can stop people from feeling pain. Especially big gashes in your face. The report from last night comes rushing back into my brain. Infection. Screeches and moans in the final moments of the show. Infection. Infection. <p> Suddenly, the word "zombie" pops into my head. No way. No way in hell. That is from shi<_>tty b-movies, I remind myself. Not real life. But a little, nagging voice insists that it is the only logical answer. <p> Deciding that is would be best to get some more gear for fighting, if there are more...freaks, I decide to call them, then I need better gear. Walking around until I find the equipment room, I grab a shotgun, some ammo for both, and some food from the mini kitchen. Walking out of the police station, ready for bear hunting, or anything short of it, "zombie" springs up in my mind again. Pushing aside those thoughts, I walk down the streets, ready for whatver the world throws at me. <p> ((Ideas, people! I need ideas. I'm kinda lost on the next chapter. Lots of Tacololsauce and Irish Whiskey! Comments are welcome!))

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 6, 2013

    It's OK

    This book gives personal focus for those who are failing in their career or who don't have personal or professional drive. It could seems trite for those who do.

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  • Posted April 18, 2013

    So glad I bought it.  I was overwhelmed with what to do to get u

    So glad I bought it.  I was overwhelmed with what to do to get up and going, now I know it's not what everyone's told me, it really is boiling it down to my ONE THING!

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