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What is the one thing you should do right now?  Go buy The One Thing by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan and read it tonight.Book review of "The One Thing" by Gary Keller

I don’t mean to sound pushy, but the one thing is a great book, not just for business, but for so many areas of life. But in this context, I’ll discuss the business aspect of the one thing.

The full title of the book is The One Thing:  The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results.  It was written by Gary Keller, who is the CEO of Keller Williams real estate, and Jay Papasan, who is a really good writer, and coincidentally invests in real estate.   This is actually the second book that the pair has written together. The first was The Millionaire Real Estate Agent, which is also an excellent book, but clearly geared toward Realtors.

The premise of the book is that in order to get stuff done, you need to focus on one thing at a time.  I knew the premise before reading the book, and was very skeptical. “Why would I buy a $20 book that is 240 pages long to learn that I need to focus on one thing at a time to get stuff done”?

It sounded too trivial. What’s the catch?

There is no catch.  But there is a lot more that goes into just knowing to focus on just one thing at a time.  And turns it into one of the most valuable business books today.

Why is the one thing important?  They answer it.

When is the one thing important?  You’ll learn that.

What is the one thing you should focus on?  Gary and jay will give you the tools to be able to answer that for yourself.

How to work on the one thing?  You will be able to do that when you’re done reading it.

Who is this book for?  Anyone.  It is equally important for anyone starting a business as it is to someone who is running a major business.  And as I mentioned before, “the one thing” is for more than just business.  It is for anyone’s personal life as well.

The One Thing still sounds so trivial, but it’s not.  The concept is so easy to understand, but the book has so much value, you will be ready to apply the principles while you’re reading it.  But don’t!  The one thing you should be focusing on is finishing the book!  That’s not entirely true, and you’ll figure that out as you read the book.

The One Thing is an easy read.  Jay has proven again that he can take Gary’s ideas and work his literary magic. There are easy to grasp charts that help prove the concepts they are writing about.

I would suggest The One Thing to anyone. For work and personal life.