[Book Notes] The One Thing
The timeless idea of “focusing on one thing” never gets old. It’s a great read and certainly better than reading a bunch of low quality blog posts with a headline like, “10 Ways to Blah…”
“What’s the ONE Thing you can do this week such that by doing it everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”
Where I’d had huge success, I had narrowed my concentration to one thing, and where my success varied, my focus had too.
extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.
Getting extraordinary results is all about creating a domino effect in your life.
extraordinary success is sequential, not simultaneous.
What starts out linear becomes geometric. You do the right thing and then you do the next right thing. Over time it adds up, and the geometric potential of success is unleashed.
The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time.
THE SIX LIES BETWEEN YOU AND SUCCESS 1. Everything Matters Equally 2. Multitasking 3. A Disciplined Life 4. Willpower Is Always on Will-Call 5. A Balanced Life 6. Big Is Bad
When everything feels urgent and important, everything seems equal. We become active and busy, but this doesn’t actually move us any closer to success. Activity is often unrelated to productivity, and busyness rarely takes care of business.
“The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.” —Bob Hawke
Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list—a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.
It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.
Success is actually a short race—a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.
we need the habit of doing it. And we need just enough discipline to build the habit.
When you do the right thing, it can liberate you from having to monitor everything.