Things I learned & quotes from the book "The ONE Thing"

Book: Gary Keller, The One Thing:
The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

A few thoughts on a book that has had a huge impact on my life after I implemented it....

This post is about productivity and the book "The ONE Thing". Let's start it off with a quote not in the book:

"In the end, productivity is all that matters". 
- Ray Dalio, Hedge Fund Manager (manages $15 billion is unable to take on new clients) 

1. The Domino Effect: Success is sequential, not simultaneous

Knocking out dominos are pretty straight forward. You line them up and tip over the first one. 

This approach for extraordinary success is sequential, not simultaneous. The domino effect applies to your big picture, like your work or business, and affects the smallest moment in your day when you decide what to do next. Success builds on success. The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time.

Knocking out tasks like dominoes, though, is more complicated in real life. The challenge is that life doesn't line up for us and say, “Here’s where you should start.” So instead, every day you should line up your priorities, find the lead domino and whack away at it until it falls.

2. Block time to create time.

We can effectively create time available to us each week by focusing on the most highly leveraged task on your list. This ONE Thing stands out for disproportionate results for your #1 goal for your life's purpose. 

3. Do it daily as a ritual. Whack away until it falls.

Any task that produces disproportionate results, deserves disproportionate time to be blocked off. This alone on a daily basis done first thing in the day, is the secret weapon to get an unfair advantage in anything that we seek mastery. Measure it using Google Sheets. Leverage it. 

4. Focus on Strengths. Evolve on opportunities. 

The leverage of the ONE Thing creates time to focus on our strengths and evolve on opportunities. 

5. Limits: We all have 112 hours per week

We all have 24 hours in a day, 7 days a week, yielding 168 hours per week.

Time is the great equalizer for all of us on planet earth. Delete 56 hours from the week to sleep as we spend 1/3 of the week charging our batteries unconsciously.

That leaves us with 112 hours to bring our vision to life. 

It's impossible to save time. Would we ever get a chance to transfer a few hours on Sunday night to Thursday night? Time can only be spent. And there's only one way to spend it: wisely doing what matters most. 

Some quotes I pulled from: Gary Keller, The ONE Thing  The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

Do the One Thing. Domino Effect: Whack away until it falls

  1. “Be like a postage stamp— stick to one thing until you get there.” —Josh Billings” 
  2. “Success demands singleness of purpose.
  3. "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."
  4. "The ONE Thing shows up time and again in the lives of the successful because it’s a fundamental truth."
  5. "More than anything else, expertise tracks with hours invested."
  6. “Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.” 
  7. “Multitasking is a lie” 
  8. “The road to success is always under construction.” 

One is more: Multitasking is a myth

  1.  “Even an idle phone conversation when driving takes a 40 percent bite out of your focus and, surprisingly, can have the same effect as being drunk.” 
  2. “Task switching exacts a cost few realize they are even paying.” 
  3. “Juggling is an illusion. ... In reality, the balls are being independently caught and thrown in rapid succession. ... It is actually task switching.” 
  4. "You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects."
  5. "It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world."
  6. "The pursuit of mastery bears gifts."
  7. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody.” 
  8. “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.” 
  9. “Juggling is an illusion. ... In reality, the balls are being independently caught and thrown in rapid succession. ... It is actually task switching.” 
  10.  “Even an idle phone conversation when driving takes a 40 percent bite out of your focus and, surprisingly, can have the same effect as being drunk.” 
  11. “Task switching exacts a cost few realize they are even paying.” 

Priority

  1. "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.” 
  2. “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everybody."
  3. "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.” 
  4. “Curly: Do you know what the secret of life is? Mitch: No. What? Curly: This. [He holds up one finger.] Mitch: Your finger? Curly: One thing. Just one thing. You stick to that and everything else don’t mean sh*t. Mitch: That’s great, but what’s the “one thing”? Curly: That’s what you’ve got to figure out.” 

Personal relationships

  1. “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.” 
  2. 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.
  3. “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.”

Change

  1. “a different result requires doing something different.” 

Mastery and Life Purpose

  1. “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.” 
  2. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” —George Bernard Shaw
  3. “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.” 
  4. “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.” 
  5. “Extraordinary results happen only when you give the best you have to become the best you can be at your most important work.” 
  6. On the most successful people....“They allow purpose to be the guiding force in determining the priority that drives their actions.”  

Doing ONE Thing is LEVERAGE

  1. “only actions that become springboards to succeeding big are those informed by big thinking to begin with.” 
  2. “Your next step is simple. You are the first domino.” 
  3. “Think as big as you possibly can and base what you do, how you do it, and who you do it with on succeeding at that level. It just might take you more than your lifetime to run into the walls of a box this big.” 

Time block and hack away

  1. “Even if you’re sure you can win, be careful that you can live with what you lose.” 
  2. “No one is self-made” 
  3. “Needle in a haystack's easy - just bring a magnet." - Anonymous
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