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The ONE Thing (Austin, TX: Bard Press, 2013)

Ever feel overwhelmed by having too much to do? In The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results, Gary Keller chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc., and New York Times bestselling author, starts off by dispelling five lies people believe about productivity. He then explains how to focus on the one that that if done, makes everything else easier or unnecessary.

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13 thoughts on “The ONE Thing

  1. my boss recently bought this for the team. This is very Covey-esk (First things First). It is a great read with some real ideas on how to succeed by doing the right things. Combine this book with Acuff’s Start, built upon your Platform, and VOILA!!! I’m about half way through it. Anyhow, I was excited to see that maybe…just maybe…I’m reading the right stuff. Thanks for some validation Michael.

  2. Mr. Keller visited my business class last semester. I went and bought his book the same day and finished it a week later. While I didn’t agree with everything he said, I still enjoyed it and would recommend again and again.

      • Keller writes that you should only focus on one thing at a time. That’s just not logical. Modern jobs require employees to handle many projects at once. I’d argue for balance, not sole focus. Also, his time management system doesn’t make sense to me. Seems like there’s a lot of wasted time or room for distraction. To each his own, though. The majority of the book is great. And I found it very aesthetically pleasing.

        • Thanks for your thoughts there. I read it a little differently. The application I took away was that although many things need to get done everyday, it is important to identify and focus on “The One Thing” to make sure all the other things don’t crowd it out. It is a matter of prioritization. More of a “if I don’t get anything else done, I MUST get this done” rather than “I am only going to do one thing today.”

          I also think this is important organizationally. At my company, my team has developed the idea of a Company wide VIP Project. Of course everyone has other projects going on, but if the VIP crosses your desk, you drop everything else and focus.

          Anyway… Good stuff!

  3. Is there an actual blog article here? For some reason I seem to have missed it. Or should this be labeled as an advertisement?

  4. Very few books stick to my fingers like glue, but this one did! I picked it up in the Vegas airport and I couldn’t put it down. I devoured it….er, it devoured me! I felt like it was written to me. A Hyattesque paradigm shift………..

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