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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

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by Gary Keller, Jay Papasan

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The ONE Thing has made more than 275 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today. It won 12 book awards, has been translated into 26 languages, chosen as 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. Voted one of Top


The ONE Thing has made more than 275 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today. It won 12 book awards, has been translated into 26 languages, chosen as 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. Voted one of Top 100 Business Books of All Time on Goodreads. People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending it for their members. By focusing their energy on one thing at a time, people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.

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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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 the world. His New York Times bestselling books have sold more than 2,000,000 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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The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 21 reviews.
OCStacey-Smith More than 1 year ago
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!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
VVenditelli More than 1 year ago
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!
Dkolenda More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!
JScislow More than 1 year ago
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!
oneswtfemale More than 1 year ago
Still reading but excellent insight on different perspective of multitasking.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Movesource More than 1 year ago
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!
Mike_the_Hammer More than 1 year ago
Could not put this book down!! Great read for any endeavor you are trying to achieve. This will be one that I go back to from time to time in my life to freshen up on these skills and rejuvenate the motivation. Keller focuses on the power of focusing on one thing at a time, achieving or mastering that skill and then moving on to another. All too often we wind up failing for unknowingly trying too many things at one time. Would highly recommend this book for anybody trying to achieve great things in their life and not wanting to be apart of a mediocre existence.
JeffNC More than 1 year ago
A different approach to priority and focus. Watch the movie "City Slickers" before reading! ;-)
BrianJonesDOTcom More than 1 year ago
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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mayjacks More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I recommend this book to people who own a business can give a you an inspiration when business is down or you need a new plan. This book only works on people who give the idea a chance.As a 9th grader i ask my teacher to read this book.Ill like to come back to it in my future years to guide me through rough times.This book basically tells you to narrow your plans to things to need to do not what you want to do to be successful. Furthermore,this can make a dull and dead store or co. to a fierce competitor against some of the major company in your section of sells. The answers in the title and the book is the way to get to your one big thing.Gary and Jay figured out  the answer to becoming what you  want or accomplishing your dreams. In conclusion this book can change many peoples life's in the future or now.this gives people the courage or confidence to become what  you want to be in a few BIG steps.  
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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..