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The ONE Thing

The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results
Written by: Gary Keller, Jay Papasan
Length: 5 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (156 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is an audiobook for busy people. If you want less on your plate and more for your life and career, tune in to the #1 Wall Street Journal best seller, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results. The ONE Thing will bring your life and your work into focus. Authors Gary Keller and Jay Papasan teach you the tricks to cut through the clutter, achieve better results in less time, dial down stress, and master what matters to you. Unabridged version includes:

  • A special foreword by Gary Keller.
  • Interludes by legendary guitarist Monte Montgomery.

What’s your ONE Thing? For more information on The ONE Thing, events, coaching, and tools, visit www.The1Thing.com.

©2012 Rellek Publishing Partners, Ltd. (P)2013 Rellek Publishing Partners, Ltd.

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One thing is the thing

Great read to get priority right. Try to do everything and you will get many things done but doesn't help in anyway towards your goals. Find ,focus on one thing and you will not have to do anything else in life ever again.

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Book depict the power of 1 thing doing daily

It is amazing book for organizing your work,yourself gives you the power to achieve your dreams in practical real world by doing your one thing minimum to 4 hours on the daily basis and then you yourself see the difference the that you are on the right track towards achieving your goal and by that way you are also living purposely which gives meaning to your life .........that the ultimate goal that author want to conveyed through his book to its readers.........
It explain the concept of time blocking and told its how important is this when you want to achieve your mastery at your one thing and gives ways to you how can you protect it.........
Tells you about the four thieves that can distract or obstruct you on the way of your mastery.Gives you the wisdom to be aware whenever comes it in the pathways.
And,the most important part from my point of view that authored guided us to taking the first steps your dreams.............
Great book must read for everyone.............

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Great listen

A practical guide to lead a successful and fulfilling life. Follow the advice to become the best version of yourself.

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  • SB
  • 15-06-19

One Star for One thing. Only Basic it is.

Efforts of any narrators is commendable, but the content is always the king.

In the whole book, I only liked the idea of one -thing -at -a-time, and everyone knows it is widely known. Apart from this book has nothing to serve if you are a fast mover.

Good for Students not for entrepreneur and business man.

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loved it

good content. you can learn enough from this book . versatile way to tell you on how to live life on a better way.

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Clean and straight. Recommended

it's a good one. precisely specifying how you can be result oriented and enhance your overall game.

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One thing to read when u feel lost track of life.

The book started slow and full of cliches. I was about to drop it then decided to continue to reach my month reading target. oh boy, book slowly turned to be a blockbuster!.
recomend the book if u feel u lost track of your life or want to bring more action into life or simply want to be just you for ur rest of the life.

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A Must Read

Beautifully written, help to find out the one most important thing in your life. A must read.

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Absolutely genius

This self help book is all in one solution. don't miss it. its a must have for ever.

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good simple audiobook

It has combined a few simple known concepts of productivity and priority in a simple neat package.

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  • Karryn Ransom
  • 24-01-17

Good ideas, but.. production poor.

What made the experience of listening to The ONE Thing the most enjoyable?

The narration sounded like he was trying to 'act' his way through an informational book. His intentions were clear; he wants to entertain us, but it detracted from the text, and ultimately annoyed me.

What did you like best about this story?

Simple ideas are usually the best ones.

How could the performance have been better?

Don't separate chapters with music. It's the same musical interlude 24 times. Please don't.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. The book contains valuable wisdom, but the production (narrator, music) annoyed me so much that I had to listen in stages.

Any additional comments?

Any audio book that includes graphics, graphs, figures etc, should come with a warning in the description. I've returned books before simply because I want to learn while listening, and would have bought the hard copy book if I need reference materials. "In figure nine, you'll see a blah blah blah..." This drives me crazy because, no, I DON'T see it.

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  • Shakti Chauhan
  • 31-07-15

Best towards the end. Overall a great book

It could have been short. Gets a little monotonous in the middle. The beggining is enlightening ofcourse. It gets really good and inspiring towards the end. I was considering not finishing the book in the middle. But really glad I finished it.

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  • bartlomiej noga
  • 31-05-18

Absolutely fantastic

Absolutely fantastic book full of Great knowledge, I'm going to listen it one more time

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  • Guillermo Lara Torre
  • 05-03-19

Focus and commitment

Great story easy to follow Lot of resources to keep making progress in the purpose of your life

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  • Tim Garrett
  • 03-03-19

400 books down, this is 1 of the very best

It sounds simple, yet...Truly it's an incredibly powerful book.
You should buy it, read it, take notes, read it again and revise every year.

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  • jt
  • 27-02-19

More than it seems

A lot of people rad recommended this book but I put of getting it for a long time because I assumed the whole idea could be summed up in one sentence. “Do one thing at a time for better focus and success”. That is way to vague to do this book justice. Full of useful gems of information. A must read for anyone running a business or just wanting to be more effective in general.

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  • Jan Sapper
  • 07-12-16

obligado

Un libro que dibuja claramente el camino para la construcción de una vida próspera. la prosperidad incluye abundancia material, en salud física, mental, relaciones personales y familia. provee una guía que puede imprimirse para seguirla. explica por qué el multi tasking se torna ineficiente y un ladrón de efectividad.

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  • Ricardo Godinez
  • 05-11-19

No more time waisting

Great pathway to focus on what really matters in life. It has enormously helped me organize my life and work.

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  • Juan Pablo Bossi
  • 21-10-19

Great book, and a good topic.

Many important arguments and topics throughout the book. The book helped me focus some ideas and plans.

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  • Elias Gonzalez Rogel
  • 24-09-19

Clear, concise and practical

A long time ago, I promised myself never to read the same book more than once because of the cost of opportunity of reading something new and potentially better. I broke my promise to read (or listen) this book for the second time just to confirm how clear, concise and practical it is. I enjoyed it (again) and recommend it without reservation.

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  • Mark B
  • 18-07-14

A re-hash of the original '7 Habits' !

What made the experience of listening to The ONE Thing the most enjoyable?

Well structured.

What was one of the most memorable moments of The ONE Thing?

It focuses on 'one thing'

What about Timothy Miller and Claire Hamilton ’s performance did you like?

Yes. Easy to listen to, although Claire Hamilton's accent is a little too 'Cheesy American' for this Englishman.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Probably not. But possible.

Any additional comments?

This is a rather shameless duplication and re-hash of 'The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People'. If you have read '7 Habits' then it's an OK revision of the principles, stated slightly differently. If you haven't. forget this and read '7 Habits of Highly Effective People' by Dr Stephen Covey. It is much better.

They refer to several studies and findings from other books on the same subjects, but in the audiobook they don't refer to the studies or credit other authors. Whereas 'The Power of Habit' by Charles Duhigg addresses this subtopic of the power of Habits in much more detail and complete with properly referenced source material.

Perhaps I should nick a bit from all the authors I have read and re-publish it under a catchy name!

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This is my 5 question system for appraising business and management books. It isn't perfect but it works for me, I hope you find it useful...
Have I incorporated in my business or how I run my business any learnings from this book? Yes.Did feel I wa nted to understand really understand the book in depth, make notes and apply the content? Yes.Is it a book I’ve gone back to in order to check I really get the ideas and concepts so I can apply them? Yes.Is it a book I keep to hand on my mobile, where space is at a premium, so I can re-listen as and when? Yes.Finally, is it a book that has brought insights and moved me forward? Yes.Comments...Stick with it - I found it was literally 2 hrs in before it really got going. I have changed my goal setting system based on insights from this book. The narration is a touch irritating and the "musac" jingle but don't that put you off.

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  • Al Boxall-Gordon
  • 16-06-15

Excellent book

At first I thought how can you write so much about 1 thing. This really has got me focused and highly productive. It's helped me focus on what matters most in the day, so the rest of the day is clear. Highly recommended

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  • Ch3nz
  • 20-05-15

inspiring to think differently

this book, recommended by a colleague has definitely made me think and question how I think and live my life.

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  • frosty-g
  • 14-07-17

The ONE Star...

I actually had to stop listening to this 3 chapters in. It's unlistenable. There's not one paragraph in it where "ONE thing" is not stressed. It's repetitive, cheesy and horrible. It's like listening to a long American commercial for ONE thing. Awful.

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  • Jason Denison
  • 23-08-15

Brilliant

Like many other books, you just need to find that one golden nugget that will make it worth your while. This book has a few hidden treasures inside. Highly recommend it!

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  • M. Lord
  • 30-04-15

Inspiring

I found the author's personal experience more inspiring than most of the anecdotes. Worth the listen. Worth every penny spent

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  • Cool Customer
  • 29-04-15

Learn how to set your priority!

Explains how to focus and set your priority and gives you examples to start you thinking along the right path!

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  • shane carr
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  • 27-04-15

Very inspiring.

helps to bring focus and shows how to achieve success without being overwhelmed, really well structured and entertaining as well educational

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  • Michal Dybowski
  • 21-07-15

Awesome

No words to describe how amazing and life changing this book is ! Worth dozen of listenings

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-11-17

4.5 out of 5! Really?

Truly surprised at why this book got such high ratings. Some very tenuous theories in this book, quite dull and at times almost depressing. Very repetitive and slow. Play this book at 1.25 if you want to stay awake.

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  • Eve
  • 27-10-16

Speed it up

The only issue I found was the speaking was a little slow to keep me engaged, so I sped it up to 1.25x and it was fine. That's my only gripe. Great insights and useful tips.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-04-19

NARRATOR :-(

I manage to stay and listen for 60 min in three blocks. Good before going to bed if you can not sleep!

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  • Scott Bowler
  • 07-07-18

GOOD! I really liked it! will listen again soon

GOOD! I really liked it! i will diffenately listen again to this book in the next few weeks!

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  • Ruby
  • 16-05-15

Good book

It has meet my expectation. Although there is no wow moment, this book does give some good practical advices! The narrator is good!

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  • Logan
  • 21-05-15

Great lessons, slightly repetitive.

Great book, and super insightful. Definitely learned a lot.

But...think it could have been summarized. After all, "Brevity is power" ;)

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-06-18

Life changing - Holy Wow

If this doesn’t change you life then nothing will..
I feel like I have just found a treasure map with a $10million dollar reward at the end if I just follow what’s in this book
This was my missing piece that I was searching for

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  • Greg0NZ
  • 05-01-18

Completely relative and accurate

I've listened to a few books now about motivation, organisation etc. This book is by far the best so far. Well worth a "read". Completely grabbed me

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  • Nick
  • 29-07-15

A solid concept, but lacked constant impact.

The book is well put together and is a very convincing mantra to be used when operating going forward. It could have been summed up a lot quicker and there are some sections that are a little too repetitive. Overall, a worthy investment of time and money.

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  • Shamarie
  • 05-01-15

Okay but overly repetitive

I got some good concepts from
You'd book in the early chapters and then it became too laboured after that. Still worth reading though

3 of 4 people found this review helpful