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The ONE Thing

The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Written by: Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (388 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you. Unabridged version includes:

  • A special foreword by Gary Keller.
  • Interludes by legendary guitarist Monte Montgomery.

What’s your ONE Thing? For more information on The ONE Thing, events, coaching, and tools, visit www.The1Thing.com.

©2012 Rellek Publishing Partners, Ltd. (P)2013 Rellek Publishing Partners, Ltd.

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Ruined by narrators & music

The choice of narrators, jarring alternation between them, and hokey music absolutely ruined the experience of this audiobook. It's unfortunate because the subject matter and content is really good. I recommend buying the book in print or as an ebook.

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Efficient

Great tips and advice to become more efficient in your day to day pursuit of your happiness

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excellent read! I strongly recommend it!

excellent read! I strongly recommend it! excellent read! I strongly recommend it!excellent read! I strongly recommend it!

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Focus!

What this book really seems to be about is focus. Why to dream big, how to reverse engineer the actions you must take from years down the road to the same day, why you focus this way and how it organizes your life to not be so chaotic, how habit secretly behind what seems to look like discipline. This book alone can help you make quantum leaps in your life by just applying a few principles discussed! For self improvement, this book is definitely a must on the list whether it's your business or personal that you are looking to work on!

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The most practical book I've ever read

Great book that everyone can benefit from. I believe this will have a huge positive impact on my professional life. Thank you!

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not a fan

I cant believe the reviews are so favourable. It sounds like a lot of repetitive, irrelevant drivel to me. I cant finish it. there are just too many other things I could be doing...like choosing another book?

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Good Content - Poor Narration

I'm sure the content is more effective if you read this in paper format. Listening to it is VERY difficult. The narrator WILL put you to sleep. Monotone and lacking affliction made this book one I couldn't finish listening to. It's too bad, because I've heard nothing but great things about the book.

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The Concept I've needed all my life!!

From confusion to absolute clarity, I'm so happy I got this book, skies the limit now!!

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  • ted
  • 2019-11-20

Amazing book

Great book. It's already changing how I approach my coaching clients. I now focus on the ONE thing with then.

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Good book

This kind of book is of the kind I need the most at the moment.
The main idea is to think of what is the one thing I can do now that will make other things either easier to do or unecessary.
With so many things competing for attention, I find this question essential to be able to continue progressing by taking better decisions for what we give our energy and attention to.
I really appreciated this book for this.

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  • Karryn Ransom
  • 2017-01-24

Good ideas, but.. production poor.

What made the experience of listening to The ONE Thing the most enjoyable?

The narration sounded like he was trying to 'act' his way through an informational book. His intentions were clear; he wants to entertain us, but it detracted from the text, and ultimately annoyed me.

What did you like best about this story?

Simple ideas are usually the best ones.

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Don't separate chapters with music. It's the same musical interlude 24 times. Please don't.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. The book contains valuable wisdom, but the production (narrator, music) annoyed me so much that I had to listen in stages.

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Any audio book that includes graphics, graphs, figures etc, should come with a warning in the description. I've returned books before simply because I want to learn while listening, and would have bought the hard copy book if I need reference materials. "In figure nine, you'll see a blah blah blah..." This drives me crazy because, no, I DON'T see it.

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  • Shakti Chauhan
  • 2015-07-31

Best towards the end. Overall a great book

It could have been short. Gets a little monotonous in the middle. The beggining is enlightening ofcourse. It gets really good and inspiring towards the end. I was considering not finishing the book in the middle. But really glad I finished it.

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  • Jan Sapper
  • 2016-12-07

obligado

Un libro que dibuja claramente el camino para la construcción de una vida próspera. la prosperidad incluye abundancia material, en salud física, mental, relaciones personales y familia. provee una guía que puede imprimirse para seguirla. explica por qué el multi tasking se torna ineficiente y un ladrón de efectividad.

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  • Tim Garrett
  • 2019-03-03

400 books down, this is 1 of the very best

It sounds simple, yet...Truly it's an incredibly powerful book.
You should buy it, read it, take notes, read it again and revise every year.

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  • bartlomiej noga
  • 2018-05-31

Absolutely fantastic

Absolutely fantastic book full of Great knowledge, I'm going to listen it one more time

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  • Guillermo Lara Torre
  • 2019-03-05

Focus and commitment

Great story easy to follow Lot of resources to keep making progress in the purpose of your life

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  • jt
  • 2019-02-27

More than it seems

A lot of people rad recommended this book but I put of getting it for a long time because I assumed the whole idea could be summed up in one sentence. “Do one thing at a time for better focus and success”. That is way to vague to do this book justice. Full of useful gems of information. A must read for anyone running a business or just wanting to be more effective in general.

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  • Andrés Herrera Montes de Oca
  • 2020-03-21

Enfocado y con mas claridad!

Excelente libro, lo lei super rapido, no queria parar, me ha ayudado a enfocarme en lo mas importante cuando voy en busca de un ojetivo!!

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  • Reza
  • 2020-02-23

Simplification is empowering!

This books rightly simplifies the life journey and in that way is empowering! Looking forward to time where I edit this review with personal success stories when putting this into consistent practice.

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  • Abdallah El Khatib
  • 2020-02-16

enjoyable yet not easy to follow

sometimes "the one" is more than one thing to follow.
overall the purpose of the book is a good eye opening story.

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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 2017-12-03

a good read

a very good listen, that's what I needed to focus more, there are great tips inside and it will certainly help you if you have a problem with execution. The only thing I didn't like is the shortness of the book.

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  • Jésus Betancur
  • 2017-01-05

One of the most compelling books I have ever read.

Definetely open minding for my experience. You must read and reread this book if you are a human.Period.

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  • AL
  • 2019-08-11

Un must have

Une boussole pour toute personne désireuse de développer son projet pro ou autre... Très bon

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  • enrico
  • 2019-08-02

Inspirational

A really good book about the importance of being focused and get things done. Really recommended to people who want to improve their time and work management and achieve their life goals.

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  • sara galasso
  • 2019-06-10

eh nothing new really

not sure I not recommend this bòol since it was mostly repetitive the one thing lbs blah blah but it was ok

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  • L. Delbe
  • 2019-05-09

a écouter et re-ecouter piur une mise en pratique.

a écouter et re-ecouter pour une mise en pratique. perso j'adore l'écouter pour réussir à maîtriser ma Vie

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-02-07

Wonderful

So happy to have read this book, which present a simple a very effective way in getting to high places in our life. The key lesson is to thing big and walk though the path one step at the time. It’s also very important to mention here that in order to achieve extraordinary results in our lives, we need to take extraordinary action. In this book that extraordinary action is ignoring all the noise around us and going for the one thing, that one thing that by doing, everything else becomes easier or unnecessary.

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  • DA M.
  • 2018-08-18

Simple mais un brin répétitif

En bref l’idée est excellente applicable et bien illustrée, mais la formulation et la solution est répétée. C’est toutefois utile pour ceux qui veulent vraiment s’en imprégner.

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  • Kouam E&Y
  • 2018-08-17

Super livre pour un réveil nécessaire vers le succ

Super livre pour un réveil nécessaire vers le succès!! Démystifier la réussite et mettre en place de petites actions de chaque jour...

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  • Domenica
  • 2018-08-16

the best book on productivity and life design

I love the examples and the simplicity of the approach that brough ao much clarity in my life