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Friday, December 6, 2013
The One Thing
This weekend someone you care about is likely to
look at you and offer the wonderful/dreaded holiday question: “What do you want
Here’s an easy answer: Tell’em you want THE ONE THING, a book by Gary
Keller (Keller-Williams Real Estate) and Jay Papasan.
I’m almost through it and it’s one of the best
tools I’ve encountered in awhile.
The basic theme is a question: What is the ONE
THING I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or
Keller and Papasan offer a variety of exercises to
help readers focus on the ONE THING (their CAPS).
One of my main takeaways is that we all need to
figure out what our big ONE THING is (our purpose) and what our small ONE THING
is (the thing we need to be doing right now so we get closer to succeeding at
the big thing).
For instance, if your big ONE THING is to matter in
peoples’ lives what small ONE THING can you do today to matter in one person’s
If your big ONE THING is financial security your
small ONE THING might be to make the calls necessary to sell whatever your
product or service might be.
The small ONE THING is what we need to focus on
first thing every day. Understanding that keeps us focused.
THE ONE THING has become one of
those books I’m marking up like crazy. In fact, the authors underline some of
the best thoughts in a way that looks like you underlined them yourself, which is kinda
Have someone give you THE ONE THING for Christmas and
you’ll be thanking them by Valentine’s Day.
Mike Collins is president of The Perfect Workday Company, an information company based in The Research Triangle Region of North Carolina. He presents 100+ programs a year for organizations such as IBM, American Express, Novo Nordisk Pharmaceuticals and The John F. Kennedy Special Warfare School and Center.