Summary of The One Thing

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The One Thing book summary
Achieving great success in all aspects of your life calls for devotion to one single thing.

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Gary Keller, co-founder of Keller Williams Realty and a best-selling author, overcame his own issues about focus, which makes his claims about cultivating better habits even more compelling. Multitasking isn’t fruitful, he says, since success requires long periods of laser-like concentration, not scattershot swats. If you find your “ONE Thing,” Keller says, everything else will fall into place. Keller, writing with co-author Jay Papasan, breaks his approach down into manageable steps based on research and experience. With an engaging writing style and plenty of bullet points, this reads much faster than its 200-plus pages. getAbstract recommends Keller’s methods to new managers, time-strapped executives and anyone seeking habits that build success.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why trying to do everything doesn’t usually bring success
  • How to turn your do-everything approach into a targeted “ONE Thing” approach
  • How to manage your time to improve your work and home life while achieving unparalleled success
 

Summary

The Importance of Focus
In the early 1990s, a grumpy old cowboy named Curly, played by Jack Palance, revealed a great truth in a popular movie, City Slickers. “One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that,” he told a city slicker named Mitch, played by Billy Crystal, offering ...
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About the Authors

Gary Keller, author of The Millionaire Real Estate Investor, is chairman of the board of Keller Williams Realty, where co-author Jay Papasan is vice president of publishing.


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    ALBERT AYENSU-ABOAGYE 2 months ago
    Very useful book. Highly recommended.
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    Darin Wogen 3 months ago
    Great book and thought... focus and consistency....Thanks getAbstract....
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    Truc Nguyen 5 months ago
    Nice book, it's very useful for me! Thanks getAbstract!
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    Herson Nuke 6 months ago
    Valuable read!!!
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    Deborah Johnson 6 months ago
    great reminder on focus
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    Walaa Hamouda 10 months ago
    Very useful book for whom could't find their first stips to success 
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    NILKANTH PATEL 10 months ago
    great book. Now try and put it in practise.
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    Shashi Sharma 11 months ago
    Is it correct that only Summary can be downloaded, and not the whole book??
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      Cami Adair 11 months ago
      getabstract just gives you the most important points so you can get to the meat of the book without having to read 200+ pages, or at least it lets you know if you are interested enough to read the whole book before buying.
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    Louis-Simon Menard 12 months ago
    It's always very easy to think we do a lot in a day - but do we always focus on what's truly important? What's in line with our "Big Picture"? This book reminds us about the importance of that focus.
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    Qamar Aftab 1 year ago
    Good book on how to build and keep your focus
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    HARVISON MALDONADO 2 years ago
    The description given in the first part depicts just my daily day, i will give this a shot, i will need to build my team leadership to make this work.
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    Michael Cruz 2 years ago
    I had a business coach that recommended this book a couple of months ago. Today I pulled the trigger and read it. 

    This book brings clarity on what I should focus on. I will probably read it a couple of times through out the next couple of weeks to implement things like time blocking, and focusing on the one thing for the different areas of my life. Great summary! 
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    Najee Price 2 years ago
    My life either revolves around others success, or my time is consumed by assisting other accomplish their daily task. leaving me with enough time to only sleep and go back to work. I might need this in my life. If Anyone has some insight on this book, reach out. Thanks!
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    Christoff Boshoff 3 years ago
    Good concepts - not all that new but great reminders for practical application. I agree with the author that focusing on the “one think” is what is needed for success – how much time are you wasting on activities that are not in service of fulfilling your purpose?
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    William Greene 3 years ago
    This is a good read for anyone who finds themselves helping others achieve their goals but seldomly achieving any of their own.
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    Patrick Brigger 3 years ago
    Hi John this summary does not yet have an audio version. 
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      Brandon Simas 2 years ago
      I wish it did
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    John Kent 3 years ago
    How do I get the audio to play on my iPhone?
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