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The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results by Gary Keller
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“Work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls-- family, health, friends, integrity-- are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
“Success demands singleness of purpose.

You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world.

Passion for something leads to disproportionate time practicing or working at it. That time spent eventually translates to skill, and when skill improves, results improve. Better results generally lead to more enjoyment, and more passion and more time is invested. It can be a virtuous cycle all the way to extraordinary results.

The ONE Thing shows up time and again in the lives of the successful because it’s a fundamental truth.

More than anything else, expertise tracks with hours invested.

The pursuit of mastery bears gifts.

When people look back on their lives, it is the things they have not done that generate the greatest regret...People’s actions may be troublesome initially; it is their inactions that plague them most with long-term feelings of regret.

Make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most, everything makes sense. When you don’t know what matters most, anything makes sense.”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
“Multitasking is a lie”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
“Long hours spent checking off a to-do list and ending the day with a full trash can and a clean desk are not virtuous and have nothing to do with success. Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list—a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.

To-do lists tend to be long; success lists are short. One pulls you in all directions; the other aims you in a specific direction. One is a disorganized directory and the other is an organized directive. If a list isn’t built around success, then that’s not where it takes you. If your to-do list contains everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere but where you really want to go.”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
“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.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“a different result requires doing something different.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“Your next step is simple. You are the first domino.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“The path of mastering something is the combination of not only doing the best you can do at it, but also doing it the best it can be done.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“It is not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do , it is that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
“Imagine life is a game in which you are juggling five balls. The balls are called work, family, health, friends, and integrity. And you’re keeping all of them in the air. But one day you finally come to understand that work is a rubber ball. If you drop it, it will bounce back. The other four balls—family, health, friends, integrity—are made of glass. If you drop one of these, it will be irrevocably scuffed, nicked, perhaps even shattered.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“Extraordinary results happen only when you give the best you have to become the best you can be at your most important work.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“Even if you’re sure you can win, be careful that you can live with what you lose.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“To be financially wealthy you must have a purpose for your life. In other words, without purpose, you’ll never know when you have enough money, and you can never be financially wealthy.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“Don’t let small thinking cut your life down to size. Think big, aim high, act bold. And see just how big you can blow up your life.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“To do two things at once is to do neither.” —Publilius Syrus”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“If everyone has the same number of hours in the day, why do some people seem to get so much more done than others? How do they do more, achieve more, earn more, have more? If time is the currency of achievement, then why are some able to cash in their allotment for more chips than others?

The answer is they make getting to the heart of things the heart of their approach. They go small. Going small is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It’s a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It’s realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
“They allow purpose to be the guiding force in determining the priority that drives their actions.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“People who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the only ones who do.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to a lesser goal.” —Robert Brault”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“To understand how Goal Setting to the Now will guide your thinking and determine your most important priority, read this out loud to yourself: Based on my someday goal, what’s the ONE Thing I can do in the next five years to be on track to achieve it? Now, based on my five-year goal, what’s the ONE Thing I can do this year to be on track to achieve my five-year goal, so that I’m on track to achieve my someday goal? Now, based on my goal this year, what’s the ONE Thing I can do this month so I’m on track to achieve my goal this year, so I’m on track to achieve my five-year goal, so I’m on track to achieve my someday goal? Now, based on my goal this month, what’s the ONE Thing I can do this week so I’m on track to achieve my goal this month, so I’m on track to achieve my goal this year, so I’m on track to achieve my five-year goal, so I’m on track to achieve my someday goal? Now, based on my goal this week, what’s the ONE Thing I can do today so I’m on track to achieve my goal this week, so I’m on track to achieve my goal this month, so I’m on track to achieve my goal this year, so I’m on track to achieve my five-year goal, so I’m on track to achieve my someday goal? So, based on my goal today, what’s the ONE Thing I can do right NOW so I’m on track to achieve my goal today, so I’m on track to achieve my goal this week, so I’m on track to achieve my goal this month, so I’m on track to achieve my goal this year, so I’m on track to achieve my five-year goal, so I’m on track to achieve my someday goal?”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“Lacking a clear formula for making decisions, we get reactive and fall back on familiar, comfortable ways to decide what to do. Pinballing through our day like a confused character in a B-horror movie, we end up running up the stairs instead of out the front door. The best decision gets traded for any decision.”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
“Albert Einstein had Max Talmud, his first mentor. It was Max who introduced a ten-year-old Einstein to key texts in math, science, and philosophy. Max took one meal a week with the Einstein family for six years while guiding young Albert. No one is self-made.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“Tackling these tasks in the order we receive them is behaving as if the squeaky wheel immediately deserves the grease. But, as Australian prime minister Bob Hawke duly noted, “The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“The people we live with and work with on a daily basis deserve our full attention. When we give people segmented attention, piecemeal time, switching back and forth, the switching cost is higher than just the time involved. We end up damaging relationships.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“buying into The ONE Thing becomes difficult because we’ve unfortunately bought into too many others—and more often than not those “other things” muddle our thinking, misguide our actions, and sidetrack our success.”
Gary Keller, The One Thing: The surprisingly simple truth behind extraordinary results
“When you gamble with your time, you may be placing a bet you can’t cover.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing
“extraordinary success is sequential, not simultaneous. 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.”
Gary Keller, The ONE Thing

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