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This book is a simple read. And if you are ready to make a change and don't want to do it in one drastic swoop, let Keller's suggestions be your guide. Simple examinations of your habits and how to easily modify your approach to them are what this book focuses on.
Haven't been able to finish the book but the first few chapters alone made this purchase worthwhile! This book changed my life! I was the type of person who could never focus on one thing. While I was juggling multiple tasks and an endless flow of new ideas, I wasn't able to finish anything, leaving me frustrated and with a low self esteem. I've been writing my first novel for 10 years without any success in finishing it. After reading this book (July, 2017), everything got clear. I sat down and thought about what would be my one thing and got down to it. We are now at the end of september and I've finally finished my book! I know where I am going, I know what my one thing is and I know what I need to do next. I feel totally liberated from the agony of the reckless creative mind!!
This book is incredible, I mean absolutely incredible. The principles taught in here will change you if you use them in addition to The Slight Edge and perhaps some Bashar for a spiritual/physics interpretation of things.
It comes complete with helpful visuals and tiny quotes that sum up the basis of the lesson. It was really well written and you’ll notice the difference in your life once you apply it.
So simple yet so powerful... and because it’s so simple, it’s easy for the message to stick and I’ve applied his concepts both at work and in my personal life. This has truly changed my life and is a book that can be reread for a good reminder. Thank you Keller.
Bought for gift, nice hard cover, I'm sure it arrived in good order but, for the first time ever, the post person left the package on the back porch where wee never go...in the rain. Book actually recovered nicely from the water damage and I was still able to give it as a gift.
This book clarifies and supports the counter intuitive notion that doing everything gets results. In fact the opposite is true. Very readable and easy read. You won't be able to put it down... before getting to your One Thing.
Im happy i made this great decision to buy it. I have read the reviews before purchasing and all the positive reviews are right its exactly how they describe it. You cant go wrong it was awesome and very helpful. Don't wait any longer, You wont regret it. Here you get the best at the best price. Also shipping was great very fast so i will make sure to be back. Thank You :)
I couldn't put this book down. My original is highlighted, underlined and contains lots of notes. Keller says key is to identify the one thing that has the biggest impact and then go for it. He comes at it from several angles and helps you determine what you should focus on. This is critical in these times of massive distraction I think this book is so valuable that I give a copy to every attendee at my workshops.
3.0 out of 5 starsAsk yourself why The One Thing is a long book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 4, 2018
This book caused me to have mixed feelings.
The idea that you should focus on the area where you can have the biggest impact on performance makes a great deal of sense. It's the logic for the weakest link of the chain and the main idea behind the Theory of Constraints.
On the other hand, one is a number that scares me because it leaves you vulnerable. One person to love, one source of income, if you're a business owner, one product, one customer, or one way of finding customers. In these terms, it doesn't make sense.
The idea can be twisted too far. I felt that some readers would take the idea of concentrating on one literally.
I'm a fan of the 80/20 rule. Concentrate on the 20% of activities that brings 80% of rewards. That seems more balanced to me.
In the first section of the book, about the lies used to mislead us, I felt the author was setting up straw men, that is, false parodies of ideas to then debunk.
It seems ironic to me that's a book about the one thing is quite long and talks about many things to live this way.
I think part of my problem is that I refuse to accept the concept of the one thing. I prefer the idea of the critical few. Focus is great ask and you should ask yourself a version of the question so you keep a clear priority and work to it.
The book encourages you to plan backwards (an excellent idea) by continually focusing on the one thing that is needed previously.
Let's say but you decide the one thing you want to do is to be a great father. A very worthy objective.
And then you ask yourself what's the one thing you can do to be a great father and decide it's to prepare the children for a life of independence so they can stand on their own, if needs be.
And you decide the one thing to do that best is to make sure they have an excellent education and through it commit to a lifetime of learning. The one thing to do that is to send them to an excellent private school so they have every advantage.
That means you need to earn a great deal of money, so either have to work extremely hard to become a successful employee who is regularly promoted or through your own business. And that means long hours away from home.
I feel this chain of logic makes sense until you recognise what it might cost you. It means missing out on your children growing up and all the pleasures and special memories that brings. It also probably means you're divorced because your wife hasn't been a priority. The sad result is that despite your best intentions, you'd look back on your life and realise that you hadn't been a great father.
Rather than focusing on the one thing, if you focus on the critical few, you can get a better result because you're able to find balance. True it never balances but you can see which bit is most out of kilter and focus on that one thing until something else comes the weakest link.
The book makes some excellent points but I also worry about where it can take you. I find I can't give it a strong recommendation but my three stars means that it is worth reading.
Very old and stale and clichéd philosophy has been served in a well-marketed hardcover. The writer duo pretends like they have "discovered" the idea themselves for the first time in history and doing a service to the mankind in such selfless fashion by writing the book, but truth be told, there is nothing new or novel in the book. Now my dear fellow reader, do "The One Thing" yourself, give this book a pass and read something more substantial, like Jordan B Peterson's "12 Rules for Life" and thank me later.
Btw, if you are so eager to know the whole substance of the book in one sentence here it goes: If you want to be successful in your endeavor then don't scatter your mind and work into various direction but keep just one thing in your mind, have a focused and singular attention to your goal only, and that's it.
4.0 out of 5 starsasking yourself that question of the one thing you need to work on to either make everything else easier or unnecessary is incredible
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on December 3, 2017
Very interesting read and solidified some thoughts I've been having about focus. This book would be very helpful to those who feel bogged down by distractions from the one thing they really need to be working on. However, I think there are some people (like me) who need help with clearing the path (including clutter, small nagging to-do items) to being able to focus on that one thing. For example, I can't work very well in chaos and he says you have to get used to this -- a point I don't necessarily agree one. Some people need to be be organized and have other things out of the way to allow themselves to be creative and focused. But I am finding the principal tenet of this book to be extremely helpful: asking yourself that question of the one thing you need to work on to either make everything else easier or unnecessary is incredible. I'm using it in many different aspects of my life already.
5.0 out of 5 starsFantastic!!!! Highly recommend the book.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 5, 2018
The book had been recommended by another person to me as a book that could help me to focus more on achieving my business goals. I have read a ton of books about goal setting, and achievement but none helped me in the way this one did. I am a typical 'multitask' worker and it seems to take me ages to finish a project because I generally have several on the go. Not now! By focusing down on the one is helping me to move forward to achieve my goals at a faster pace. Highly recommend the book. Enjoy the read,
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Reviewed in India on January 8, 2018
This book teachs us how to focus on one thing one aim... When we learn to use our focus quality on one aim than no body can defeat us to reach at our goal... I'll recommended to all of books lover and one who want to achieve their goal in Little time must be read this book once in life... Specially students.. Thank you Amazon
When I looked at my successful past, what i was doing right was doing the one thing. I screwed things up when I scattered my energy on many things. This booked just showed me to go back my old and right habits. I would highly recommend this book to bring the right focus into your life. Do ONE thing. READ THIS BOOK.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on September 17, 2017
Shockingly simple message but well worth a read. Has really helped me hone my focus on a new creative venture. Whilst also relieving some of the guilt that comes with abandoning/ignoring some less important tasks. It's a short book and easy to digest. Just read it.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 31, 2020
One of the best books I've read in a long time. Concentrate on the one most important thing is definitely the way to go, splitting your attention across many ideas or things weakens the impact on the important things. I have implemented this myself since reading the book and have had much more success and less stress since. The author keeps you engaged with practical tips and guidance throughout which is more than can be said for of lot of these kind of books. This is not a regurgitation of the old books on business etc like Napoleon Hill et al. I find this refreshing as there are so many authors and 'gurus' just borrowing previously written works and rehashing them into something 'new'.
5.0 out of 5 starsONE BOOK you'll never regret buying!
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on November 21, 2018
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WITHOUT ANY DOUBT the best book I have ever come across. And I have read a lot. Goal setting, family time, business running. It has everything in it, in an easy reading manner anyone can grasp. I read it cover to cover in one sitting and couldn't put it down. Read it then re-read. You won't regret this purchase.
5.0 out of 5 starsHighly recommended for those who want to be successful in life.
Reviewed in India on March 7, 2017
This is one of my favorite books.Helped me to find my One Thing. Also, it will help you to cut down your clutter to stay focused on doing one thing at a time. After reading this book, I'm able to prioritize my things and able to avoid distractions as well. I highly recommend this book to everyone who wants to find their one thing.
5.0 out of 5 starsWorthy of a place in your library.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 22, 2018
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Just great, you should read it. This is another stand out, top5 business book for me. It won’t take you too long to read it but chances are the smarts will stay with you a long time. It’s got great lessons for business & personal, & it’s modern day smart. And crucially it’s not just arms length, nicely packaged theory. It’s an outstanding book, this is my second review today & I don’t normally do reviews i’m simply paying forward because this book deserves it.
4.0 out of 5 starsSimple concept worth spending time on
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on October 12, 2019
A quick and easy read channelling the view that goals are worthy without forgetting the journey. Breaks the illusion that we cannot have everything as focus, purpose and meAning are obtained more often by saying no to all but few things or people. Evocative. I just didn't appreciate how income was associated with success of even made tantamount to it. Success is not always more money.