I’ve recently read one of the best self-management books I’ve encountered up until today. The ONE Thing by Gary Keller was so worth it!  Personally, I’m not a fan of any kind of motivational-success books. Though I happen to have read the real classics during my high school (Carnegie, Covey… ).

They certainly have some kind of value and at least, they introduce you to the basics of psychology, relationships or business strategy.

The critical aspect when reading any kind of book is the timing.

Although the concepts were popping up in my head once specific situations arose in my life, there’s no better feeling than to experience the value of content when the mindset is mature enough. Therefore, I’m sometimes re-reading the best ones.

When reading The ONE Thing, the concept wasn’t exactly that new. And in many aspects, one does the practises intuitively.

It’s highly readable book, with great and simple explanations. You don’t fell like wasting your time reading another Ariely-study-kind of-content.

Despite that the book is already 3 years old, I think it’s perfectly accurate for my generation or anyone struggling to concentrate and get the work done in the age of social media and information overflow.

Easily said than done. With technology changes being present literally everyday, the fear of missing out often successfuly beats our ability to focus. There’s so much to read, so much I have to know, so many people to to follow… if I want to survive!

Interruptions that can lead you astray from your goals can be counted every few minutes.

The ONE thing concept stimulates the mindset and accentuates that in the specific moment, you have to do only one thing that really matters in order to build your skills, go for the mastery – and – in the end, achieve the extraordinary results.

I consider the greatest value in the author’s ability to come with a specific methodology and practices that can lead you to the very specific answers. So you can apply the know-how immediately. This aspect is very rare and therefore many publications are not that useful.

Author emphasizes the importance of questions. According to that, prudent question is one half of the wisdom. So, when searching for a crucial answer, one must ask the focusing question. It’s all coming down for this question:

What’s the most important one thing I can do such that by doing it, everything else will be easier or unnecessary?

The whole book is explaining and putting the main question in the context of your main purpose, priority and productivity to execute.

It encourages to think big about your goals, but when achieveing them, one must starth with the one single step doing the one thing.

Comparing this process to the domino effect of multiplying energy, the other part is to keep the actions flowing. This problem is discussed with personal accountability, ability to build the right habits and the time management in work, health and family area. To lead fulfillig life with a purpose by doing only things that really matter.

I highly recommend reading this book – it took me just a few reading sessions over the weekend!