The One Thing by Gary Keller

Rating: 9/10

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The one thing is about one idea: you should only focus on the one most important thing. It sounds incredibly simple, and yet it runs opposite of human tendency.

The book can be pilled to three goals : find the most important thing for you, make sure we are focused on that one thing, and sustain when you face resistance.

The author listed six lies revolving around the concept of focus. When breaking them, we can achieve those goals more easily.

Lie 1: Things matter equally.

Many things seem important. However, among those, only one of those things is the most important. If you don’t recognize what it is, it shows a lack of clarity that you need to gain.

Lie 2: You can multi-tasks to success

Even a computer can only handle one piece of code at the same time, the only way is to handle the things separately and in sequence.

Lie 3: Willpower is always available

There is an ancient Greek myth that described willpower in this way. As the ship sailed through the seductive land of the Siren, Odyssey ordered the crew to tie him to the mast, lest he would do anything he regretted because of his weak will.

The more we use our mind, the less minding power we have. You make doing what matters most a priority when your willpower is its highest.

Lie 4: You have to live a disciplined life

Complete self-discipline does not exist. Persistence to do everything well is not necessary. The trick to success is to choose the right habit and bring just enough discipline to establish it. When you do the right thing, it can liberate you from having to monitor everything.

Lie 5: Live a balanced life

To become an outlier, you shouldn’t strive for balance. No matter how hard you try, there will always be things left undone. When the things that matter most get done, you’ll still be left with a sense of things being undone—a sense of imbalance. Leaving some things undone is a necessary tradeoff for extraordinary results.

Lie 6: Big is bad

“Do you want to sell sugar water for the rest of your life or come with me and change the world?” — Steve Jobs to John Sculley while trying to hire him from Pepsi.  

First identify something that can be easily measured and leveraged, then build it as big as you can.