The ONE Thing

I picked up Gary Keller’s The ONE Thing on a lark after finding it for free on the Prime reading list. I had come across the title a few times in the past but never found it intriguing enough to pick it up. I (somewhat accurately) predicted I could conjure up many of the main points without reading the book.

Similar to the popular book Essentialism, Mr. Keller’s The ONE Thing presses upon readers the importance of having a singular focus at any given moment. Multi-tasking and holding many priorities in your mind at the same time decreases efficiency and makes it less likely you’ll make any progress at all. He included a quote from Steve Uzzell that I loved:

Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time.

Three central themes stood out as I read through The ONE Thing: Success requires extraordinary commitment, segmented attention is the enemy of progress, and many times, perseverance in the face of failure ultimately leads to success.

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