The One Thing Summary

The One Thing: The Surprising Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary results written by Garry Keller & Jay Papasan is an eye-opening book for me and the people who believe life is all about doing more, buying more and more. So, let’s start a book summary of The One Thing.

The One Thing

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Author realized the reason behind the extraordinary success is narrowing your focus to the one thing. The more we go narrow, the more we get.

Subtraction is the key to a better life. The one thing summary is all about removing unnecessary and going narrow in life.

If you try to chase two rabbits at a time, you will end up nothing.

Success Leaves Clues

If you look at more successful people they have built their success doing the one thing or we can say by achieving mastery or becoming so good at the one thing.

For Ex. Bill Gates learned Programming that changed his life forever. Most of the revenue that Google generates is from “Search”. Steve jobs one thing between 1998 to 2012 changed from iPods to iTunes to iMacs to iPhone, and the result is in front of you.

Success leaves clue and the clue is doing the one thing.

Before accepting the one thing, there are some lies that need to be clarified so that you can adopt the one thing easily.

The Lies- They Mislead and Derail Us

  1. Everything Matters Equally
  2. Multitasking
  3. A Disciplined Life
  4. Willpower Is Always on Will-Call
  5. A Balanced Life
  6. Big is Bad

These are the six lies between you and your success. Before going for the one thing you need to put these lies to bed.

1. Everything Matters Equally

The word Equality was used for justice and human rights. In the real-world results, it is never possible. The majority of what you want will come from a minority of what you do. The Pareto or 80/20 principle point out the same.

Go to the extreme of 80/20 rule. Narrow your to-do list to only one thing. It will become your success list.

2. Multitasking

When we switch from one task to another our attention doesn’t follow. The residue of your attention stuck thinking about first task.

According to research, we lost 28% of an average workday to this ineffectiveness. Multitaskers make more mistakes, experience more stress and do poorer decisions.

We can walk and talk, but can’t focus on both. So, don’t divide your focus too thin and yourself too!

3. A Disciplined Life

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You don’t need your every action to be well disciplined. You just need limited discipline so that you can make a habit. If you form a single habit, it will help you to remain undisciplined in other areas.

Usually, it takes 66 days to form a habit. Once a habit is you can be free in other areas.

4. Will Power is always On Will-Call

Will power is limited. It is like a battery on our cell phone. As the day goes, it comes down. Will power on will is a lie. so, you should always prioritize important tasks when you are most alert.

Willpower is used when you make a decision to focus your attention, suppress the feelings of impulses or try to build new behavior.

Use your willpower for important work before it drains out. This is one of the most important things you can learn from the one thing summary.

5. A balanced life

People always suggest making a balance between work and life, which is actually not possible. Because to achieve mastery you need to go extreme. You have to give a disproportionate amount of time.

So, the key is counterbalancing. At work, do just important stuff and avoid unnecessary, so that you will enough time for personal life.

In short, work when you are working and play when you are playing.

6. Big is Bad

We are kept from our goal, not by obstacles but by a clear path to lesser goal

Robert Brault

For some reason there is fear that big achievement/success brings mental pressure and stress, it will rob our time with friends and family and health. We limit ourselves when we believe this.

But, this is a lie. What you do is determined by what you think. Big thinking lead by bigger actions open doors of opportunities.

Well, If these are the lies then what the truth is?

The Truth

The truth is “The One Thing“. The key to success is not in all things we do but in the handful of things we do well. So, how do you know what’s your one thing? Start with asking the focusing question.

The Focusing Question

“What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

This question will set a direction to achieve the big picture ( what do you want to achieve in the next 5 years? ) and narrow your focus to take immediate action ( which one thing I can do now, to achieve my long term goal? ).

The Success Habit

Take little effort to form a small habit and this will lead you to a better life.

The focusing can become your success habit. Ask daily, “What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

You can ask this question for every area in your life.

  • For spiritual life… What the one thing I can do to help others?
  • For Physical Health … What the one thing I can do to improve my health.
  • For personal life… What is the one thing I can do to find time for my hobby?

This tiny habit can give remarkable results in the long run.

Extraordinary Results

The path to extraordinary results is through purpose, priority, and productivity. What visible to people is productivity but the productive people are, the more purpose and priority pushing and driving them.

So, your big One Thing is your purpose and your small One Thing is a priority and when you start living with purpose and priority you need to take action which leads to productivity.

Live with Purpose

As mentioned in Man’s Search for Meaning Summary, finding purpose is the most important thing in one’s life. To find purpose ask yourself, what impact you want to create in your life? What drives you to wake up in the morning?

When you live with purpose, self-confidence, happiness, strength to face difficult situations come to you naturally.

Live by Priority

Goal Settings to Now

As mentioned in the now habit summary, set the ultimate goal and bring it in reverse order to the current moment, and do the task which will align with the ultimate goal.

It is like climbing one step at a time to reach the ultimate goal.

Live for Productivity

After setting purpose and priority, take actions to achieve more in less time. To do this, you need to be more productive. Productive time blocking is one way to achieve productivity by removing all the distractions and doing the one thing.

The Three Commitments

  1. Follow the path of Mastery
  2. Move from “E” to “P”
  3. Live with Accountability Cycle

To know more about these three commitments I recommend you to go through the book.

With this, we come to the end of The One Thing Summary, I had learned a lot from this book and I recommend you too read it. Thanks for reading.

The Miracle Morning Summary

Quick Summary- The Miracle Morning Summary is building morning rituals which include S.A.V.E.R.S i.e Silence, Affirmations, Visualizations, Exercise, Reading, Scribbling which will save your life from mediocrity.

The Miracle Morning Summary Ch 1- The Origin of The Miracle Morning

It was 2008 when all businesses were in debt. His friend suggested him to start running. Despite the fact that he was not a morning person he chooses morning time for running.

This one thing i.e waking up earlier and running reduced his stress levels, given him clarity about what was going wrong and what should be done to correct things.

Slowly he came out of debt into profit. Further, he developed a morning ritual called S.A.V.E.R.S which can be performed in the first one hour to achieve Level 10 success in every area of life.

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Why you should wake up this morning?

There is a relationship between success and mornings. If you observe mornings of successful people you will get it. They invest this time of zero disturbance into developing themselves.

On the other hand, people who are living in mediocrity wake up with resistance, despair. Live the whole day with less energy unfulfilled potential and sleep with worries. The same cycle goes on each day.

According to a report people who suffered from depression report that the morning time is most difficult.

If you want to achieve level 10 success in each area like relationships, health, wealth, work you have to invest your time and attention and no time can be better than mornings.

Thus your mornings can actually change your days, further weeks and months and years that’s why you should start waking up earlier.

How to wake up- If I’m not a morning person?

We can always change our beliefs and thus habits. If you really wanted to wake up earlier, you can become a morning person. Follow the 5 steps Snooze proof strategy which the author uses.

The 5 step strategy

If you have to rate your motivation level when you wake up, it will hardly Level 1. Increasing WUML( waking up motivation level ) can actually help.

Set the intention

Why do you want to wake up this morning? Mornings without clear purpose sucks. Thus, decide before you go to bed, what you will be doing with your morning time. Because last thought in your head will be the first thought when you wake up.

Put alarm clock away from you

When alarm rings, it will break your sleep and increase motivation level up to 2-3.

Turn on the lights

Turning off light can vanish sleep and increase the chances that you are not sleeping again.


Brushing teeth is the simplest activity you can do without any resistance and it will further increase your WUML up to 5-6.

Shower or exercise

Till now your sleep from eyes gone away now you can take wash to feel fresh or start your morning ritual.

The Life S.A.V.E.R.S- Six Practices to Save Your Life from Mediocrity

Human is always trying to fulfill the potential gap between who he is and who he wants to become. Following six practices can help you reach your ultimate potential.

‘S’ is for Silence

The first practice to make your morning awesome is the silence. Silence can be meditations, deep breathing, prayer, gratitude or just being with you. Meditation can reduce stress levels. Even one minute of silence can make your mind calm.

A is for Affirmations

You become what you thought thus affirmation can be an effective way to become the person you wanted to become. When you say,” I am a great person”, you actually started becoming great.

Affirmations work only when you say these phrases with deep feelings. It will never work if you repeat phrases mindlessly.

V is for Visualizations

Visualization is imagining what you wanted to be. It is aligning your thoughts and action with your vision. Visualization worked for many successful people and it can work for you too.

E is for Exercise

Exercise can beneficial for your body as well as mind too. Just 20 mins of any exercise which you like can make your body ready to work as a performer. I made a detailed book summary of spark which talks about exercise.

R is for Reading

Reading is to mind what exercise is to the body. While reading your mind continuously capturing details, processing and storing. This makes your brain more resilient. Reading is the best way to adopt knowledge. I will recommend you to read this book about reading.

S is for Scribing (Writing)

Human beings always focus on what they had not done yet or the remaining task. This constant focusing on the gap between what is done and what is remaining can decrease our confidence and demotivate.

Regularly writing things you are grateful for, you shift your focus from incompleteness to fulfillment. Doing this only for 5 mins can make a big difference.

The 6- Minute Miracle Morning

If you are too busy and can’t perform the ritual for one hour then you can perform this ritual for a single minute each day. Six minutes seems very less but if you do it for a regular basis it can make huge difference over the period of time.

You can refer to this site to get free stuff about the miracle morning.

With this, we come to the end of the miracle morning summary. Thanks for reading this book summary.

Man’s Search for Meaning Summary

“Man’s Search for Meaning” is a great book that I came across. This book is written by Victor K. Frankl who was a prisoner for three years in a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. Viktor K. Frankl, a founder of Logotherapy, believes that man’s search for meaning is the primary motivation in his life.

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The first part of this book presents his survival experience in concentration camp & how his approach helped him to survive and the second part of this book is about how logotherapy can help in man’s search for meaning.

The core thought of this book is finding meaning in your life despite any situation you are currently in. So, let’s begin the man’s search for meaning summary.

Experience In a Concentration Camp

Every prisoner experienced three phases in the concentration camp. The first phase was arrival at the camp, the second phase was the period when he well routined and the third phase was after his liberation.

The mental reaction to the first period was shock. When he brought to the Auschwitz camp by the train with other 1500 prisoners their first reaction was shock, horror. They were horrified by listening to the shouted commands and whistles.

People who looked sick and incapable of doing work immediately sorted out and sent to gas chambers and those who were looking fit sent to the camp.

When they entered the camp all the clothes, watch, shoes were taken from them. During this checking, the author lost the manuscript of his writing. The first night they literally slept for few hours and within few inches of space, putting their naked bodies on each other.

There was the only way to survive in camp i.e to look capable of doing work. In the morning one old prisoner advised that they should shave daily to look smarter.

All prisoners were given the work such as putting railway lines, digging in the snow. In exchange for this work, they were given a few pieces of bread and thin soup. Apart from this physical stress, prisoners went through the insult, mental stress from commanders and officers.

In this phase thought of suicide came to every prisoner. Most of them started taking this action. In camp, the most popular way of suicide was touching the open wire. The reason for suicide was a lack of food as well as a lack of hope. The author has reason( deep will to restructure his lost manuscript ) to not suicide.

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Further dying becomes a normal thing. There were no emotions for a died person, instead, others used to see this as an opportunity to exchange their shoes and clothes with better ones.

While facing this harsh reality, in the 2nd phase, the mental reaction to this was self-defense. Now, every prisoner’s focus was only one thing to save their own life. At this time passing things becoming more worse. They were getting less bread than previous. lack of food and undernourishment caused their bodies to eat their own mass.

People were started dying because of typhus, delirium, and lack of hope and emptiness in their life. The author got the opportunity to serve typhus patients as he was a doctor, which led to gave him extra facilities like rest and cigarettes. He exchanges that cigarettes with few ounces of bread.

Prisoners were unable to get the idea that they will be sent to the rest camps or death camps at point of moving from one camp to another camp. The author managed to live till the end of the war with the help of fate and sometimes by taking fate in his own hands.

Finally, the day came when the battlefield came nearer to their camp. The white flag raised on the gates of the camp. Prisoners in the camp released. The guards who were often rude to them now offering cigarettes with a smile.

Here comes the third phase in the prisoner’s life i.e period after liberation. Everything was seeming an unreal dream and they were happy. Some prisoners behaving ruthlessly to other people. Apart from this moral deformity, there were two states every prisoner experiencing, bitterness and disillusionment.

Bitterness seemed to when they comparing themselves with people who go through less pain.
They experiencing disillusionment when they found different conditions than what they imagined in camp.

One prisoner lived in the hope that his wife is there to wait for him but after liberation, there were other women to open the door and he was not prepared for this unhappiness and discouragement.

Logotherapy In A Nutshell

As the author was a psychiatrist, his theory helped patients to solve their problems such as finding meaning in their life as well as overcoming the feeling of boredom and emptiness.

Logotherapy- logos-denotes “meaning” and it focuses on the meaning of human existence and helps to find such meaning.

Man’s Search for Meaning

The meaning of life changes from day to day, moment to moment. No psychologist can tell you the exact meaning of your life.

Actually, a man should not ask what the meaning of his life is, instead he must recognize that it is he who is asked. Your life is asking this question and you have to answer. This question can be answered by being responsible for life. Responsibleness comes from three things.

  • By creating a work or doing a deed
  • By experiencing someone or Loving someone
  • Suffering

The Meaning of Work

When Frankl liberated he found that his wife died due to sickness in a concentration camp. Despite his loss, he focused on his work. He resumed his career as a psychiatrist. One can find the meaning of his life in work.

The Meaning of Love

At camp, Frankl used to imagine his wife to avoid attention from suffering. And she was one reason to live through suffering. Logotherapy accounts for that man can find meaning in life by loving someone.

The Meaning of Suffering

Chances of surviving in the camp were one in twenty-eight still, when someone succeeds to live, it shows that man can find meaning despite the hopeless situation or avoidable suffering.

We just need to change our attitude toward life. The moment we see meaning to our suffering, it ceases.

In the concentration camp where people started suiciding due to emptiness and meaninglessness in their lives, the author’s will to complete the manuscript of his first book, his love for wife helped him to give meaning to his suffering and eventually he suffered bravely and saved his life as well.

How Does Logotherapy help to Overcome Fear?

Paradoxical intention is one technique in logotherapy to overcome fear. The fear of sleeplessness can be removed by trying to awake as long as possible fall. This reversal intention will help to overcome sleeplessness.

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With this, we come to the end of the book summary of Viktor Frankl’s man’s search for meaning. See you in the next book summary till then happy reading…

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The Now Habit Summary Review PDF

We all experience procrastination and feeling of self-criticism. The Now Habit Summary will free you from this bad habit with its strategic program for overcoming procrastination and enjoying guilt-free play. So, let’s start.

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The Now Habit Summary Ch1 Why We Procrastinate

Procrastination is a mechanism for coping with the anxiety associated with starting or completing any task or decision.

Procrastination is not a problem, it’s a solution or we use it as a tool to avoid problems and fears associated with a project or task. Well, what are those fears?

Fear of success, fear of failure, fear of being imperfect are the fears that we try to avoid using procrastination.

The now habit summary provides tools and methods to lessen criticism and help you to start sooner.

We Are Our Worst Critic

When you attach your self worth with your work or performance and criticize yourself for small errors or doing an imperfect work, you lose confidence. With lost confidence, you have an even greater need for procrastination to cope with unfavorable judgment.

Procrastination is Rewarding The Now habit Summary

Procrastination gives you temporary relief from stress and anxiety. The more difficult work is for you, the more you try to seek relief through avoidance and involvement in other pleasurable activities.

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How We Procrastinate

Everybody procrastinates differently. Record your procrastination habit with for three days. Record the emotions attached with tasks that you’re putting off.

After a few days, you’ll realize which thoughts and feelings leading you toward achievement and which one leading towards further delay.

When you become aware of your procrastination patterns, habits and thoughts that lead to this bad habit, you can easily replace them with positive self-talk.

Create a Safety Net

Imagine the following situations to better understand how we procrastinate.

Situation A: You have to walk on 9 feet long and 1-foot wide bar, which is kept on the ground. What are your feelings now?

Probably, you will be thinking it’s easy and will do it with no fears.

Situation B: What if, you have to walk the same bar which is kept between two building just 100 feet above the ground. What you will feel now?

You will not do it. Right? The fear of falling is much more that it doesn’t matter how easy the task is!

Situation C: What if one building is on fire and you have to walk or you’ll die.

Anyhow you’ll walk by sitting or standing whatever! Fear of death will push you to do it.

The same things we are doing in our life. We raise the task 100 feet high by attaching our self worth with that task and then focus on falling/ failure rather than doing, which leads to procrastination.

We make every situation do or die. If I made a mistake I’m a loser, not acceptable and so on.

Our early training leads us to the belief that our self worth is determined by our performance. Thus we need self-protection from failing rather than just doing the work.

Now imagine situation D: The same 100 feet above bar kept between two building and you have to walk on it. One thing added is a 3 feet safety net below it. What are your feelings now?

You will walk now without fear of falling, focusing completely on walking. Similarly, create a safety net in your life by assuring that no one can threaten you, you are worthy even if you fail.

Note: Read better ways to form new habit with atomic habits summary

The Now Habit Summary Ch.3 How to Talk to Yourself

Have to’s are the message of stress. When you talk like “I have to do this stuff”, inner voice come, “but, I don’t want to do it?” Have to message create pressure and inner conflict.

Shoulds are messages of depression. should compare the ideal situation with the current situation. Have to’s and should do not communicate clearly what you are choosing to do? when you are choosing to do it?

Replace I have to with I choose to.

Replace I must finish with when can I start?

Replace “the project is so big and important with I can take one small step.

Replace I must be perfect with I can be perfectly human.

Reprogram your self talk like “I choose to start on one small step, knowing I have plenty of time for play”.

Guilt-Free Play, Quality Work

The now habit summary focuses on spending more time on playing, enjoying leisure time and doing more quality work. Give yourself more time to guilt-free play. It will renew your physical as well as mental energy.

People who work continuously on their projects feel like shit, no respect for themselves and need procrastination to emotional relief.

Overcoming Blocks To Action

Fear of being overwhelmed, fear of failure and fear of not finishing are associated with your work. The now habit summary has three tools to overcome blocks to action.

#1 Three Dimensional Thinking and Reverse Calendar

We try to face a task in one shot. Overview of the work in terms of length, breadth, and width. Divide each task into small steps and focus on when and where to start. Then plan your work using reverse calendar.

The reverse calendar starts with the ultimate deadline for your project and then moves back step by step; to the present where you can focus your energy on starting.

The reverse calendar gives you more control over your deadlines and frees yourself from being overwhelmed and anxious.

#2 The Work of Worrying

Well, worrying can benefit you if you’ll use it properly. It can wear you and evoke action to prepare that danger. Develop an action plan to solve the issue. Once, problem solved, your mind will calm.

#3 Persistent Starting

Always focus on starting. You can start many times a day. Always look for one more step. Persistent starting will help you to overcome third block i.e fear of finishing.

The Unschedule

The unschedule is reverse psychology which focuses on putting more time in play and more quality in work. Aim for doing quality work for only thirty minutes. 30 minutes are enough to break the inertia of starting.

Do not work for more than 5 hrs/day on this project.

You must exercise, play or dance at least 1 hr a day.

Unscheduling gives immediate reward and sense of achievement after working 30 quality minutes, breaking anxiety related to a task.

Working In a Flow State

I already mentioned in deep work summary, working in the flow state, shutdowns inner disturbance and helps you to attain your peak state.

Two-minute relaxation exercise will help you get into the flow state. When you work in such state your anxiety diminished and your urge to emotional relief in the form of procrastination will stop.

Planned Setbacks

Trying to completely change your old procrastination patterns is quite hard. you will fail sometime but, that’s ok! Make a planned setback by procrastinating for three days. observe your emotions worries anxieties self talk.

Once you know which thoughts are making you a procrastinator and which making you achiever you can change them slowly.

Managing People Who Procrastinate

Until and unless you manage your own procrastination you can’t manage others. Successful leaders, managers avoid talking their employee in “have to’s” and Should’s language. They focus on commitment rather than compliance.

They give constructive feedback rather than criticism. Give rewards, compliments for good work.

The Now Habit Review

Well, I think this book is a proper guide to understand why we procrastinate and help to overcome it. So, this book is for everyone who wants to understand procrastination.

With this, we come to the end of the now habit summary written by Neil Fiore. I recommend you buying this book.



Rich Dad Poor Dad Summary

Rich Dad Poor Dad Summary is one of the best book summaries on personal finance. This book is written by Robert Kiyosaki and translated into dozens of languages.

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Blog Title: Rich Dad Poor Dad Summary

Book Name: Rich Dad Poor Dad: What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money That the Poor and Middle Class Do Not!

Author: Robert T. Kiyosaki

Book Size: 179 Pages

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Robert had two fathers. Both were successful. One is highly educated, earned Ph.D. and doing a job for government. But, still, he struggles financially. Where another father is an 8th pass but Hawaii’s richest man whom Robert call rich dad.

Their thinking is also different. Poor dad says,” Money is the root of all evil”, where rich dad says “lack of money is the root of all evil.” When Robert demands expensive toy poor dad used to say” I can not afford this.” Where rich dad used to say,” How can I afford this?”

Robert chose to follow rich dad and following lessons are the learning from rich dad which describes how rich people and poor people look at money and the reason behind their lack of money.

Rich Dad Poor Dad Summary Lesson 1: The Rich Don’t Work For Money

Fear and desire are the two traps the most people are in. Most people do a job for security and money. Well, they actually have fear of not paying the bills and desire of buying the stuff like TV car, etc.

Money is not the solution to life’s problem. The solution is financial education. The real answers lie in how to handle money and let it work for you.

Lesson 2: Why Teach Financial Literacy

Our educational system focus on literacy but not on financial literacy. Thus, we see even people having high paying job struggles financially. When you become financially literate you can handle the money in difficult situations.

We see some people earn a lottery but after some time they become poor because of lack of financial knowledge. That’s why invest first on your mind because your mind is one of the biggest assets.

Attend financial seminars, courses, learn new ways of making money.

Know The Difference Between Assets and Liabilities

Assets are the things that put money in your pocket and liabilities are the things that take money away from your pocket.

Rich people spend their money on buying assets like real estate, stocks, bonds, etc which put money in their pocket.

The poor and middle class spends their money on liabilities like buying a car, TV, home, etc which take money out of their pocket. Thus the rich become more rich and poor become poorer.

Cash Flow of Poor and Middle Class

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When money comes in their hand, first government cut taxes then they spend on loans, bills, insurance and buying stuff.

As their income increases their expenses also increases and their asset column remains empty. Thus middle-class struggle whole life.

Cash Flow of Rich

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Rich people build their asset column first and then their money works for them and create more money. At last, as their cash flow grows they spend on buying luxuries.

Lesson 3: Mind Your Own Business

Money works like a tree. When you start savings it will be like a seed. You have to take care of it properly for years but one day comes when it doesn’t need your attention to growing. Then you will enjoy its deep shadow.

Once money goes into asset column it becomes your employee. money works for 24 Hrs. Mind your own business by building more assets.

With this, we come to the end of rich dad poor dad summary. More lessons are there in the book, I recommend to buy and read those also. To understand how money works, play the rich dad’s CASHFLOW game.

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