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The ONE Thing

After spending weeks on more than 30 bestseller lists, Keller Williams Realty co-founder and bestselling author Gary Keller has reached the coveted #1 spot on the Wall Street Journal Hardcover Business bestseller list with his latest book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.

The book is also climbing the ranks of other bestseller lists, including:

– The New York Times, where it is currently #1 on the Advice/How-To bestseller list;

– USA Today, where it is the top selling Psychology/Self-Help title; and

– Amazon.com, where it has been the highest selling book overall.

Today, most people consider themselves masters of multi-tasking.  Yet Americans are more stressed today than they’ve ever been.   So, is our current approach to time management working?  The authors say no and advise people to stick to one thing or a few things until completion before taking on any other tasks.  This translates into narrowing your focus.  The book shows how people quickly lose focus and accomplish little or nothing in an attempt to get too many things done on an immediate basis.

Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan reveal that the results you get are directly influenced by the way you work and the choices you make. They identify the falsehoods that block success and the thieves that take time from your day.  Keller challenges the worthiness of deeply rooted notions — discipline, willpower, multitasking, a balanced life — and presents his ideas of a goal-oriented approach.  He starts by examining the attitudes and ideas that destroy productivity and derail results.  He goes on to show how to become more productive which hinges on focus and which leads him to ask:

What is the ONE THING I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

It is what Keller calls the Focusing Question, and it is at the heart of the entire book. Everything else in the book springs from this one question.   The authors make it clear how to set priorities to begin getting the right things done the right way. The strategies formed in The ONE Thing can radically change the way you work, the choices you make and the results you achieve
For more information about The ONE Thing visit http://www.the1thing.com.


Keller explains the technique called time blocking, in which you dedicate several hours to a single task, to help strengthen focus and eliminate distraction. Keller blocks out the first four hours of every day and says time blocking allows you to get more done with less stress. What’s more, it allows you to more easily set aside time for strategic tasks like planning and reflection.
— whether the debunking of various myths and lies we tell ourselves or the power of habits or the goal-setting schema or time-blocking lessons straight from KW masterminds —

 

The One Thing

#1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller, #1 Amazon Bestseller, New York Times Bestseller, USA Today Bestseller

The ONE Thing is a book for busy people.

Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan demonstrate that the results you get are directly influenced by the way you work and the choices you make. You’ll learn how to identify the lies that block your success and the thieves that steal time from your day. By focusing on your ONE Thing, you can accomplish more by doing less. What’s your ONE Thing?

The ONE Thing, a #1 Wall Street Journal bestseller, has been featured on more than 40 bestseller lists including The New York Times and USA Today.

In an information overload and multi-tasking world their message is clear and single-minded. You have to FOCUS on ONE thing. Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus. Of course for most of us that is really hard to do. Distractions and popular philosophies are often the reasons why we think we can’t or didn’t succeed.

Well, early in this book the authors challenge six widely popular beliefs and confront them as lies.

1. Everything Matters Equally
2. Multitasking is Good
3. Success Requires a Disciplined Life
4. Willpower is Always on Will-Call
5. A Balanced Life is Required
6. Big is Bad

They thoroughly discuss each point, although I am sure one could write a book about each of these topics. But that’s not what this book is about. This is about ONE thing, and that’s FOCUS. Being successful, according to the authors, requires less discipline than you think. It’s about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. So if you wish to thrive, prosper and flourish…decide what things you’re not going to do!

Bottom line… this is a self-help book and I have read hundreds of self-help books, even written some. I can vouch that it’s always way harder to create, write and compile your many thoughts into a string of words that deliver a powerful message. Gary and Jay have done a great job! The book is an easy read with good structure, commonsense illustrations and a singularity of message. I would most certainly recommend reading the book. It will definitely challenge you to recalibrate some things in your life.

In closing, and on a lighter side, here are three of my favorite sayings from the book:

* “Multi-tasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.”
* “Life is too short to chase unicorns.”
* “Success is an inside job.”

Walk away empowered to:

  •  Combat The Six Lies that destroy productivity and derail results.
  •  Implement The Three Commitments to Productivity in your business.
  •  Thwart The Four Thieves that hold you back from extraordinary results.
  •  Constantly drill down to the ONE Thing you can do right now that will make everything else easier or irrelevant.
  • In The ONE Thing, New York Times bestselling authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan present the lies that block your success and how to identify (and thwart) the thieves that steal your time and your life. They model the laws of purpose, priority and productivity, and finally, they teach you that the ONE Thing can radically change the way you work, the choices you make and the results you get. Sometimes it’s the first thing you do.
  • Sometimes it’s the only thing you do. But it’s always The ONE Thing that delivers extraordinary results.
  • 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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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!

The ONE Thing Becomes A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller!

The ONE Thing Becomes A #1 Wall Street Journal Bestseller!

Posted on May 6, 2013 by adminkwblog1 Comment ↓

Last week,  The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results hit the No. 1 spot on The Wall Street Journal’s Bestseller List! After spending weeks climbing the ranks of more than 30 lists,  it was yet another accomplishment for co-authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan.

The One Thing isn’t a business book you need a notebook and a couple of sharpened pencils to read and understand. The message is clear, well-supported, and well-written. The narrative flows. Gary and Jay are engaging writers, using plenty of examples, plenty of anecdotes, and plenty of repetition to drive the points home.

As to those points, well, there are quite a few and if I recounted them all, you’d have no reason to read the damn book. But the main one is what the promotional website tells you:

What is the ONE THING I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

But seriously, this is a great question. It is what Gary calls the Focusing Question, and it is at the heart of the entire book. Everything else in the book — whether the debunking of various myths and lies we tell ourselves or the power of habits or the goal-setting schema or time-blocking lessons straight from KW masterminds — all flow from this one question.

After you’ve struggled with this central set of chapters and concepts, the rest of the book provides you with plenty of ways to actually put them into action. Whether you are able to do so or not is up to you, I suppose, but Gary and Jay lay out a pretty clear roadmap to doing it. Can’t blame them for not being thorough.

So that’s the central good. I suspect that quite a few people would get enormous value out of things like the chapter on living with a purpose, the chapter on goal-setting, the chapter on time blocking, and the constant rah-rah encouragement throughout the book.

The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan is an excellent self help book which explains how to prioritize tasks when there are an avalanche of things to get done in the near term. The book shows how people quickly lose focus and accomplish little or nothing in an attempt to get too many things done on an immediate basis.

The authors advise people to stick to one thing or a few things until completion before taking on other tasks. This translates to narrowing focus. A corollary is that one thing at a time advances the world. In addition, do the most important thing first when everything seems to matter. A related concept is to choose to do the right things correctly.

The authors discuss the behavioral dimensions of getting things done too. Once a new behavior becomes a habit, less discipline is required to maintain the new way of doing things. Habits are important because these instilled behaviors help to determine our future success.

The book discusses analysis paralysis and the stultifying effect this has on getting anything done. In essence, the new rule is to get ahead by getting started. Mark Twain warns people of internalized biases in the popular phrase: “What you know for sure that just ain’t so.”

The One Thing is a wonderful book which addresses the dangers of analysis paralysis and the lack of focus in trying to wade through too many items on the agenda. The authors make it clear how to set priorities to begin getting the right things done the right way. This book will benefit management at virtually every level in an organization.

The presentation is enjoyable and very easy to read. In addition, this book could benefit people in addressing chronic behavioral issues ; such as, post traumatic stress disorder and even attention deficit disorder. The authors spend quite a bit of time teaching readers how to prioritize and focus their attention on one thing long enough to get it done correctly. In addition, the book teaches how to develop good habits for doing things right now or at all.

Keller Williams Realty co-founder and bestselling author Gary Keller has reached the coveted #1 spot on the Wall Street Journal Hardcover Business bestseller list with his latest book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.

The book has appeared on more than 30 bestseller lists, including:

– The New York Times, where it is currently #2 on the Advice/How-To bestseller list;

– USA Today, where it is the top selling Psychology/Self-Help title; and

– Amazon.com, where it has been the highest selling book overall.

Keller and his co-author, Jay Papasan, have been touring North America teaching a half-day seminar based on the book’s lessons. The tour, which has reached more than 12,000 business leaders, concludes in the authors’ hometown of Austin, Texas, on Thursday, May 30, 2013.

According to Nielsen BookScan, The ONE Thing has sold more than 60,000 copies since it was published by Bard Press last month.

In the book, Keller and Papasan present the lies that block your success and how to identify and thwart the thieves that steal your time. They model the laws of purpose, priority and productivity and teach you that strategies laid out in The ONE Thing can radically change the way you work, the choices you make and the results you achieve. Official trailer: http://youtu.be/AM96rFUDiF8

Keller is the bestselling author of several books and the recipient of numerous awards, including the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year. In 1983, he co-founded Keller Williams Realty, which recently became the largest real estate company by agent count in the United States.

“We’re honored to be #1,” Keller said. “The only way you succeed in business is through others. We are so grateful for the support and enthusiasm of our associates around the world, who have bought into this message and the The ONE Thing approach.”

For more information about The ONE Thing, including media coverage, resources and coaching opportunities, visit http://www.the1thing.com.

These days, most people consider themselves masters of multi-tasking. And yet, Americans are more stressed today than they’ve ever been. Which begs the question: Is our current approach to time management working?

Not according to Gary Keller, author of “The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.”

“He uses a technique called time blocking, in which he dedicates several hours to a single task, to help strengthen focus and eliminate distraction,” says Entrepreneur.com contributor Stephanie Vozza. “The co-founder and chairman of Austin, Texas-based Keller Williams Realty blocks out the first four hours of every day and says time blocking helped him turn a local office into the largest real estate franchise in the United States.”

According to Keller, time blocking allows you to get more done with less stress. What’s more, it allows you to more easily set aside time for strategic tasks like planning and reflection.

“It’s the pause before I hit the start button again,” Keller tells Vozza. “I set aside a day each year for annual planning, an hour each month for monthly planning and an hour each week for weekly planning.”

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