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Business & Economics

The ONE Thing

By Gary Keller, Jay Papasan

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• More than 500 appearances on national bestseller lists

• #1 Wall Street Journal, New York Times, and USA Today

• Won 12 book awards

• Translated into 35 languages

• Voted Top 100 Business Book of All Time on Goodreads

People are using this simple, powerful concept to focus on what matters most in their personal and work lives. Companies are helping their employees be more productive with study groups, training, and coaching. Sales teams are boosting sales. Churches are conducting classes and recommending for their members.

By focusing their energy on one thing at a time people are living more rewarding lives by building their careers, strengthening their finances, losing weight and getting in shape, deepening their faith, and nurturing stronger marriages and personal relationships.

YOU WANT LESS. You want fewer distractions and less on your plate. The daily barrage of e-mails, texts, tweets, messages, and meetings distract you and stress you out. The simultaneous demands of work and family are taking a toll. And what's the cost? Second-rate work, missed deadlines, smaller paychecks, fewer promotions--and lots of stress.

AND YOU WANT MORE. You want more productivity from your work. More income for a better lifestyle. You want more satisfaction from life, and more time for yourself, your family, and your friends.

NOW YOU CAN HAVE BOTH — LESS AND MORE. In The ONE Thing, you'll learn to * cut through the clutter * achieve better results in less time * build momentum toward your goal* dial down the stress * overcome that overwhelmed feeling * revive your energy * stay on track * master what matters to you The ONE Thing delivers extraordinary results in every area of your life--work, personal, family, and spiritual. WHAT'S YOUR ONE THING?

Summary by AI

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

Author's Background:

  • Gary Keller is a real estate entrepreneur and author.
  • He is the co-founder and chairman of Keller Williams Realty, one of the largest real estate companies in the world.

Main Theme:

  • The importance of focusing on the one most important thing in order to achieve extraordinary results.

Key Points:

  • The Power of Focus: Success comes from focusing on a single, well-defined goal and eliminating distractions.
  • The Domino Effect: Achieving the one thing leads to a chain reaction of positive outcomes in other areas of life.
  • The Urgency of Now: It is crucial to start working on the one thing immediately, rather than procrastinating.
  • The Discipline of Execution: Consistency and discipline are essential for achieving the one thing.
  • The Power of Habit: Creating habits around the one thing makes it easier to stay focused and achieve results.


  • Positive:
    • Praised for its simplicity and effectiveness.
    • Has helped many people achieve their goals.
  • Negative:
    • Some critics argue that it oversimplifies the process of achieving success.
    • May not be suitable for people with multiple priorities.

Who Should Read It:

  • Individuals who want to improve their productivity and achieve greater success.
  • Entrepreneurs, business leaders, and anyone looking to make a significant change in their life.


Shyam Kumar



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