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Have you noticed how the default for our days seems set for distractions? We never quite accomplish the things that truly matter because we are constantly interrupted. We busy ourselves with never ending “to-do” lists and activities that steal every hour of the day. We end up feeling overscheduled, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Not exactly the recipe for a purposeful and fulfilling life.

“The doors to the world have been flung open…the unintended consequence of abundance is that we are bombarded with more information and choices in a day than our ancestors received in a lifetime.”

The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results clearly shows there is a better way! Gary Keller, the CEO of Keller Williams Realty Inc., has written a terrific book that will help readers from all walks of life discover extraordinary results in every area of life. He passionately explains that the pathway to a successful and fulfilling life is to focus only on the essential thing—the ONE thing. Make no mistake–there can only be ONE most important thing. Too often we think the path to success is found by doing more things—but Keller skillfully explains why that just doesn’t work.

The book is divided into three parts: the lies; the truth; and the extraordinary results. Each chapter starts with a relevant quote, and includes stories and examples from his personal and business life. The book opens with a simple Russian quote: “If you chase 2 rabbits . . . you will not catch either one.”

He notes that the root word for “priority” is singular. You really can’t have 5 priorities or 10 priorities. You can only have one—the ONE thing. “The ONE thing sits at the heart of success and is the starting point for achieving extraordinary results.”

The chapters are short and easy to read. His writing style is engaging and personal. The examples clearly explain his ideas. He first discusses the 6 lies that mislead and derail us; then he presents the 3 truths that are the path to productivity. He concludes by revealing the extraordinary results that await when we unlock the possibilities within us. Every day he reads a sign that hangs in his office:

“Until my ONE thing is done, everything else is a distraction.”

This business productivity book is quite a gem! The concepts are simple and easy to understand. The message is refreshing and empowering to anyone who truly wants to live an extraordinary life. You don’t have to be a business executive to benefit from his words of experience and wisdom. Each year you focus on the ONE thing; each month you focus on the ONE thing; each week you focus on the ONE thing; each day you focus on the ONE thing. By doing so, you clear the clutter out of your mind.

He finishes the book by saying, “Success is an inside job.” The simple message is that you get to decide what you want your life to look like. You determine the outcome by the decisions you make every day. You decide if you focus on the ONE thing or if you allow distractions to keep you always busy but never really accomplishing your goals. This great guide will help you change the way you think so that you can live the life of your dreams. You will be glad you read this book!

The Organized by Olive Book Club will meet on Thursday, May 11 @ 7-8 pm @ Culvers in Troy to discuss this book. Please RSVP at olive@organizedbyolive.com with the subject line “The ONE Thing” if you plan to attend. Afterwards, we will enjoy a frozen custard treat together, courtesy of Organized by Olive. Below is a discussion guide. Please plan now to attend!

(Click here for a downloadable pdf version!)




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