Readventure – The One Thing

To celebrate 'National Read a Book Day' on September 6th, Torun initiated ReadVenture, to introduce the origination of micro-books, where book lovers will get to traverse book summaries before reading a book. This is to invigorate the habit of reading books for the youth.

The One Thing

by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan

The Killer Ideas

The ONE Thing is the best proposition to achieving what you want. Keller, the writer of this book, narrowed his concentration and focus on one thing. When you have the desire to succeed at anything you want really bad, your approach should always be to go small, and specific. You should keep in mind that extraordinary results are actually determined by how you can narrow down your focus. Do fewer things for greater impact, instead of doing more things with side effects.

Receiving extraordinary results is all about generating a domino effect in your life. The effect will take place over time. Success is constructed sequentially, one thing at a time, like Domino.

No person is self-made, or can succeed alone.

The ONE Thing demonstrates time and again in the lives of the successful because it’s an ordinary truth.

The ONE Thing sits at the heart of success and is the beginning point for receiving extraordinary results.

When every single thing feels vital, everything sort of seems equal. We turn busy, but this doesn’t actually move us any closer to success. Activity is often unassociated to productivity, and being busy doesn’t help to take care of business.

“The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.” — Bob Hawke

Achievers always do specific work from a clear sense of priority.

If your to-do list carries everything, then it’s probably taking you everywhere except for the place where you really want to go.

The majority of what you want will arrive from the minority of what you do. Outstanding results are disproportionately made by fewer actions than most individuals realize.

No matter how big or small the mission or task is. Develop the mindset that you will whittle your way from there to the critical few and not halt unless you end with the essential ONE.

There will always be just a few things that matter more compared to the rest, and out of those, one thing will matter most. Doing the most important thing is always the most important thing.

The Six Lies between success and you

  • Everything Matters Equally
  • Multitasking
  • A Disciplined Life
  • Willpower Is Always on Will-Call
  • A balanced life
  • Big is bad

Multitasking is a complete lie.

When you attempt to do two things at once, you either can’t or won’t do either well. It’s not that we carry too little time to do all the things we are required to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have.

When you switch from one task to another, two things occur. Firstly, you decide to switch. The second is a bit less predictable: you have to activate the “rules” for whatever you’re about to do.

You can do two things at once, but you can’t focus properly on two things at once. Every time you attempt to do two or more things at once, you’re simply dividing up the focus and dumbing down all of the outcomes in the process.


Success is a short race—a race fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to come in and take over.

When you discipline yourself, you’re fundamentally training yourself to act in a specific way. Stay with this long enough and it becomes routine, or in other words, a habit.Success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right.

The hack to success is to choose the right habit and drive just enough discipline to establish it.

As you do the right thing, it can liberate you from being forced to monitor every single thing.

It takes 66 days on average to acquire a new habit.

It takes time to develop the proper habits, so don’t give up anytime soon. Decide what the right one is, then give yourself all the time you need and apply all the discipline you can summon to improve it.

Those with the right habits seem to do better than others. They’re doing the most crucial thing regularly and, as a result, everything else is becoming easier.

When we connect our success to our willpower without comprehending what that really means, we set ourselves up for failure.

Willpower is always on will-call is an utter lie. You make ‘doing what matters’ most a priority when your willpower is its highest.

So, if you want to get the most out of your day, do your most vital task, ONE Thing, early, before your willpower is drawn down.

A balanced life is a lie.

When you gamble with your time, you may be placing a bet you can’t catch up to.

No matter how tough you try, there will always be things left unfinished at the end of your day, week, month, year, and life. When the things that matter most get done, you’ll still be left with a sense of things being undone—a sense of imbalance. Leaving some things undone is a necessary tradeoff for extraordinary results.

When you learn to prioritize, you’ll automatically go out of balance, providing more time to one thing over another.

How much of an average workday we lose to multitasking ineffectiveness.
The number of minutes after which every worker is interrupted leading them to spend almost a third of their day recovering from these distractions.

The Four Thieves of Productivity

The people who succeed at the highest level are the people who didn't quit.

- Gary Keller

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