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The ONE THING by Gary Keller | Book Review

The One Thing by Gary Keller 

Table of Contents

  • Summary
  • Overview
  • Quotes
  • Final Verdict


The One Thing is one of the bestseller self-help book by Gary Keller. This book was published in 2012. 
The One Thing simply ask you to focus on single thing or task at a time. We always tries to do too many things at once and we cannot possibly do them all at the same time.
Now there is no such thing as a multitasking but even when you switch between one into another, you will not gonna get any results and this book will teach you to focus on single thing at a time.
The ONE Thing teaches us the consequences of what happens when you actually don't focus on one thing and also possibilities of what can happen if you do.
Gary Keller has given six lies between you and success,
  1. Everything Matters Equally
  2. Multitasking
  3. Disciplined life
  4. The Will power is always on will-call
  5. A Balanced Life
  6. Big is Bad
1. Everything Matters Equally
We all have that to do list, when we look at it, it has goals for the day, week, month or for year. But all of them are not equally important. 
We have given its own priorities to each and every task. Some of them need to be done right now and some of them could be done after sometime. 
This prioritisation helps us to focus on a single task. Not every task should be done at a same time.
2. Multitasking
According to Gary Keller, this is another lie we keeps telling ourselves. There is no such thing as multitasking. You might be able to do multitask at the same time, but you can't focus on all of them at the same time. 
3. Disciplined Life
A discipline is not a necessary thing in life, but we must have good habits developed inside us. 
Discipline makes you to act in specific way, remain on this way for long time and it will become a habit. 
If you want to be successful, then just develop good habits inside you. It takes arround 66 days to develop a habit. It takes time but it is necessary.
4. The Will power is always on will-call
This is the biggest lie we have. When we tie our success to will power without understanding the meaning of it then, we are moving towards the failure.
If you don't want to be failure, just focus on The One Thing throughout your day at a time.
5. A Balanced Life
According to Gary Keller there is no such thing like a Balanced Life. In business work is dominant. Make your work time count. It should never be 50/50 of your work time count and personal time count.
Make your goals clear and prioritise your tasks and plan your both sides accordingly.
6. Big is Bad
To achieve big success in life or to get your business more big, you need to think big accordingly. Keller don't want us to loose side of thinking big. Success requires action but it is only leaded by thinking big and having courage and commitment.


The ONE Thing by Gary Keller is a little different book I have read these days. It took me two days to finish it off. The book has arround 240 pages. Yes the book is relatively small, but like I always says about self help books it is not about finishing the book, it is about understanding the plot and the thoughts of the writer and implementing it in our day to day life.
If you can read only one book this time, then I will highly recommend you this book The ONE Thing by Gary Keller.
The book has lots of characters. The book is engaging and well structured. The steps given in this book are practical and actionable. If anyone follow these things, I am sure that he/she will achieve his/her life goals for sure.
The ONE Thing gives an extraordinary message that, instead of doing Multitasking, just focus on single task or single thing at a time, and you will achieve all your goals of your life.
The Thing you have to focus at a time could be anything, you have to choose what is the most important task or thing to do next. Its like making your To Do list and listing your top priorities first and focusing on one at a time.
Gary Keller also talked about the six lies as mentioned earlier in book The One Thing. These six lies are in between you and your success. You have to overcome from these lies in order to be successful.

Quotes From The One Thing

  • Big thoughts go nowhere without bold action.
  • Until my ONE Thing is done, everything else is a distraction.
  • The people who achieve extraordinary results don't achieve them by working more hours, They achieve them by getting more done in the hours they work.
  • One 'Yes' must be defended over time by 1,000 'Nos.
  • Multitasking is a lie.
  • A life worth living might be measured in many ways, but the one way that stands above all others is living a life of no regrets.
  • When you argue for your limitations, you get to keep them.
  • I cannot believe that the purpose of life is to be happy. I think the purpose of life is to be useful, to be responsible, to be compassionate. It is, above all, to matter, to count, to stand for something, to have made some difference that you lived at all.

Final Verdict

The ONE Thing is an extraordinary question which can lead us to success. Gary Keller asked us to choose this one Thing on a big level. He discovered the benifits of Thinking Big. Your next Thing in to do has to be bigger. 
Gary Keller has given six lies which are standing between you and your success. You must overcome from these to be successful in your life.

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