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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 (242 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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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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A book to reference again and again!

After hearing about this book on a couple podcasts I was so excited to listen to it to learn more, and it did not disappoint.
I'm not in love with odd extra voice they added to announce the chapters and overviews, but good nonetheless.

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The concept makes a lot of sense.

It’s really useful to think about streamlining your path in life. Most of us already utilize some of these tools subconsciously, but thinking about it definitely helps.

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This is an awesome life changing book.

loved it and it has already impacted my life and l am looking forward to the impact it can have in my relationships.

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WOW!

It was an easy listen, some things so simple profound I had to relisten. Simple but life changing. If your starting out on a journey of self discovery or trying to refocus and align your life this book is the place to start. Thank you!

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Lost or looking for a place to start?

This book is a great guide to get you started on a path of Mastery, progression, and productivity.

A must read for anyone looking to excel in their career or business.

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A keeper

After listening to many business books this one is well worth keeping and listening to for reference. The chapters are named to do that easily which is a nice touch for an audiobook. However the only failed mark is that it doesn't include a PDF reference. When the audiobook says check out the chart you can't. But I'll go to the library and take pictures of the charts in the book. I don't think you'll be disappointed in this book. If you can pick one book this month...this is the ONE.

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Must listen!

A great set of rules to follow! Going to revisit this immediately and refine notes!

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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.

How could the performance have been better?

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.

Any additional comments?

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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Felipe Talavera
  • 2019-07-17

Highly Recommended

Highly recommended for everyone. It is a must read book . It gives you an interesting perspective of how to manage ones life!

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  • Pablo
  • 2019-05-11

The one thing book

Good lessons, but for me is kind of more than same. Anyway, it is a good reading for those ones who don't know yet why they are here !

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  • Abdulhamid
  • 2019-05-08

great book

thank you for your time and effort to get the latest version of the other day and age of Conan I 6th grade,

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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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  • 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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  • Client d'Amazon
  • 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

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  • Thibault Dollié
  • 2018-08-02

love it, easy to understand and to apply

great principles some are known some are new but the way it's explained is so great !

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  • schemann larry
  • 2018-06-16

Tout est dis dans le titre de ce livre!

Un livre très percutant. Il faut se concentrer sur Une seule chose à la fois ! C'est d'autant plus vrai dans notre monde de distractions et où la concentration se fait de plus en plus rare. Si l'on veut accomplir quelque chose se concentrer sur la seule chose qui va nous rapprocher de ce but est l'unique chose à faire. Un livre très percutant et à lire.