The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (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.

His approach reduces overwhelm while increasing productivity. This book would be a great addition to your summer reading list!

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  • Rocco DeLeo

    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.

    • Jon D Harrison

      Sounds like a solid combo, Rocco!

    • Jim Martin

      Thanks for the positive words about the book. The title alone is very interesting.

  • Jon Platt

    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.

    • Ryan Yamane

      I’d be interested to hear what you didn’t agree with. I thought the book was right on, but would be interested in your thoughts.

      • Jon Platt

        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.

        • Ryan Yamane

          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!

  • Jon D Harrison

    I think I would enjoy a bit more productivity and less overwhelm….

  • Carl

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

    • Michael Hyatt

      Nope, it’s just my recommendation of a book I have enjoyed. These are mini-posts.

  • Justin Carper

    I’ll be checking this one out.

  • Ryan Yamane

    I read The One Thing last weekend and was inspired! In this multi-tasking world, the whole idea of focus is both refreshing and needful. In this very practical read, I especially benefitted from the discussion on “goal setting to the now.” In fact, it inspired me to blog on this whole area of focus myself!

  • hsmyly

    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………..