The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results – Gary Keller

How can ONE thing produce extraordinary results? To Gary Keller, co-founder of the largest international real estate franchise, the power of focus on one thing is all it takes to get you to that next level of success. Those who have made a significant impact in this world have all focused on one thing. Bill Gates with software, Albert Einstein with physics, Martin Luther King Jr. with activism, and the list goes on. Find one thing that you’re passionate about and stick with it as it can bring you farther than you can imagine. Points from the book:


1. We all have the same 24 hours in a day. It doesn’t matter what your background is or where you come from, you have the same 24 hours in a day as anyone else does. The difference between successful and non successful people is that those who are successful know how to utilize those 24 hours to turn dreams into reality.You have only so much time and energy, so when you spread yourself out, you end up spread thin. You want your achievements to add up, that actually takes subtraction, not addition. You need to be doing fewer for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects. The problem with trying to do too much is that even if it works, adding more to your work and your life without cutting anything brings a lot of bad with it: missed deadlines, disappointing results, high stress, long hours, lost sleep, poor diet, no exercise, and missed moments with family and friends – all in the name of going after something that is easier to get than you might imagine.


2. Success builds upon success; it’s a domino effect. To be able to hit home runs, you need to be able to get base hits first. No one goes from nothing to something in a short span of time. There are exceptions but statistically speaking it takes some time to become successful. What starts out linear becomes geometric. You do the right thing and then you do the next right thing. Over time it adds up, and the geometric potential of success is unleashed. The domino effect applies to the big picture, like your work or your business, and it applies to the smallest moment in each day when you’re trying to decide what to do next. Success builds on success, and as this happens, over and over, you move toward the highest success possible. When you see someone who has a lot of knowledge, they learned it over time. When you see someone who has a lot of skills, they developed them over time. When you see someone who has done a lot, they accomplished it over time. When you see someone who has a lot of money, they earned it over time. The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time.


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3. Make sure what you’re doing is the right thing and that it’s getting you closer to what you want; don’t become disciplined in everything. Writer Samual Johnson has once said, “The chains of habits are too weak to be felt until they are too strong to be broken.” You don’t need to be a disciplined person to be successful. In fact, you can become successful with less discipline than you think, for one simple reason: success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it. That’s it. That’s all the discipline you need. As this habit becomes part of your life, you’ll start looking like a disciplined person, but you won’t be one. What you will be is someone who has something regularly working for you because you regularly worked on it. You’ll be a person who used selected discipline to build a powerful habit.


4. Life should be about living it under your terms, not someone else’s. Don’t let others tell you how to live your life. Don’t listen to the media telling you what you need to buy or do to live a life of “happiness”. Do as you please and don’t apologize to anyone for living your life. Pursuing purpose is important, for unless you do, you may never finding lasting happiness. Step out on faith that these things are true. Go live a life worth living where, in the end, you’ll be able to say, ‘ I’m glad I did,’ not ‘I wish I had.’ Why do I think this? Because many years ago I began trying to go out and discover what this might be. It was a trip worth taking. I visited people older than me, wiser than me, more successful than me. I researched, I read, I sought advice. From every credible source imaginable, I looked for clues and signs. Ultimately I stumbled on a simple point of view: A life worth living might be measured in many ways, but the one way that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets.

By Ryan Lee


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  1. […] However, this is actually contrary to what a lot of self-made successful people do. In the book The One Thing by Gary Keller, Keller addresses how focus and mastery on a specific thing is what gets you to […]


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