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The One Thing

Gary Keller is chairman of the board and cofounder of Keller Williams Realty, Inc.  Jay Papasan, former editor at HaperCollins Publishers, coauthors Gary’s books and is vice president of publishing at Keller Williams.                                            

The book’s cover page was the drawing card for removing the book from the shelf and placing it in my hands.  The cover displayed THE ONE THING vertically, centered down the middle top to bottom, simplistic, with a black and white cover.  After reading the book, I realized the title left a memorable impression.  These three words flowed without exception throughout the book.  The title served as a reminder how ONE Thing can change a situation for better or the action considered can become unnecessary.  

What is this ONE Thing?  Keller and Papasan continued the question, “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”  Dominos in various sizes were lined up one after the other with only one black dot on each. As seen in the graphic, the author lines up the dominos smallest to largest.  Then, the small lead domino, when set in motion, begins to generate a powerful momentum and topples all other providing action on action.  Keller and Papasan support going small for building success on success.

Focus Questions can be found for physical health, finances, personal life, job, and key relationships.  As these questions and responses are contemplated, authors recommend keeping in mind, “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?” The reading reiterates the importance of knowing your purpose, prioritizing, and noting productivity.

In the closing chapters, pointers were given for achieving extraordinary results and creating your own domino effect: Think big, Think differently, Act boldly and Not to fear failure.  Maximize life, have big ideas.

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Book Reviewed by Betty Flurry Great Expectations Instructional Coach