57 Notes on The ONE Thing (Review & Quotes Included From the Book)

Created on Feb 13, 2021
Updated on Feb 15, 2021

57 Notes on The ONE Thing (Review & Quotes Included From the Book)

The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results

The ONE Thing was published in 2013 authored by Gary Keller with Jay Papasan and has appeared 500 times on national bestseller lists and more:

This book’s value lies in ways to help you get distractions out of your life and stick to just one thing at a time to be more productive and get extraordinary results.

On a personal level, I applied this book and found the ONE thing I need to do in my side hustle and finally published my first ebook.

In this blog post, I’ll compile my notes on the book that has six parts:

  1. Introduction
  2. The Lies: They Mislead And Derail Us
  3. The Truth: The Simple Path to Productivity
  4. Extraordinary Results: Unlocking the Possibilities Within You

As always will include quotes from the book and my personal notes and will leave my review at the end.


Why do some people seem to get so much more done than others?

Everyone has one person who either means the most to them or was the first to influence, train or manage them.

The Lies: They Mislead And Derail Us

When you try to do too much at once, you can end up doing nothing well. Figure out what matters most at the moment and give it your undivided attention.

The brain makes up 1/50th of our body mass but consumes a staggering 1/5th of the calories we bum for energy.

To get the most out of your day, do your most important work (your ONE Thing) early before your willpower is drawn away.

The Truth: The Simple Path to Productivity

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.

Extraordinary Results: Unlocking the Possibilities Within You

The more productive people are, the more purpose and priority are pushing and driving them.

Connecting purpose, priority, and productivity determines how high above the rest successful individuals, and profitable businesses rise.

Happiness happens on the way to fulfillment.

Block an hour each week to review your annual and monthly goals.

John Carmack, Consulting CTO OculusVR

Don’t allow yourself to be detoured from getting to your ONE Thing. Pave your way with the right people and place.

My Review

Illustrations in this book give more sense to clarify the ideas but some graphs should have illustrated more clearly like the work-life balance to make it more thorough.

I also like that almost every chapter starts with a relevant quote.

As a whole picture, the book is amazing and can help you get extraordinary results in a practical way by getting rid of distractions and being able to say no in order to focus. On a personal level, I’m not saying writing my first ebook has started with this book but it’s a great resource that made me think about writing an ebook starts with just ONE Thing which is a blog post. Bearing in mind I had some relevant blog posts already so I had to focus on smaller things that can make me achieve the whole thing and I finally did publish it on Gumroad! What helped me most in the book was the Pareto Principle mentioned in the second part of the book.

You can find The ONE Thing on Amazon

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