I read a lot books, both fiction and non-fiction. This book in particular stands out as one of the most life-changing I’ve come across.
“The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results” by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan makes it crystal clear everything is NOT equal in life. We must spend our time focusing on the things that matter most if we want to achieve the things we want in our professional and personal lives.
This quote from the book says it so well… “Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right.”
I’ve always been a big to-do list person, but this book made me realize the dark side of to-do lists. Since to-do lists aren’t prioritized by what’s important or what matters, we end up spending our precious time on trivial tasks that don’t get us any closer to achieving our goals.
Instead, the book talks about creating a success list–a list based on creating extraordinary results. To-do lists are long, but success lists are short. Then, it challenges you to pick the ONE thing that goes at the top of your success list.
So how does a person determine what the ONE thing is? By answering this very important question…
How to Determine “The ONE Thing”
What is the ONE thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?
Answering this question drives a person to make the best decision by ignoring what is doable and focusing only on what matters.
I say this book is life-changing because it helped me clarify my purpose and my priorities so I can be more productive on the things that matter most.
The book “The ONE Thing” makes an incredible business gift, graduation gift or birthday gift. For a thoughtful twist, write a note on the inside page of the book that tells the recipient how you hope this book helps them achieve their goal or helps them find their ONE thing.
It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.– The ONE Thing by Gary Keller & Jay Papasan