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The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth About Extraordinary Results

Gary Keller and Jay Papasan

At a glance:

Not everyone will agree with the authors on their method. But the book proposes a powerful paradigm in the age of distraction: achieving success in any area of life comes down to focusing on one thing at a time.

The authors suggest that multitasking and trying to do too many things at once can actually hinder productivity and success. Instead, they recommend identifying the one most important task or goal, and focusing all of one's efforts on that one thing until it is accomplished. The book also provides strategies and techniques for identifying and prioritizing one's most important task, as well as tips for staying focused and motivated.

Key takeaways:

"When you chase two rabbits, both will escape."

"The truth is, every successful person begins with two beliefs: the future can be better than the present, and I have the power to make it so."

"When you're clear about your ONE Thing, you know what you need to do to achieve your goals. And when you know what you need to do, it becomes much easier to eliminate the things that aren't important."

"Successful people do what unsuccessful people are not willing to do. Don't wish it were easier, wish you were better."

"When you're working on your ONE Thing, you're not multitasking. You're monotasking—focused on one thing at a time. And when you focus on one thing at a time, you'll be able to accomplish more in less time."

"The thing that separates the successful from the unsuccessful is the successful person's ability to set and achieve goals."

"The key to extraordinary results is making a habit of doing things that others don't like to do."



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