When I heard Jay Papasan speak about his book on the Jess Lively Show I knew it was a book I needed to read. And so The ONE Thing was added to our book club list! The ONE Thing helps you figure out how to cut through the clutter and dial down the stress so that you can build momentum towards your goals and what matters most to you. Here’s what we thought. If you’ve also read the book, comment below and let us know what you thought. Enjoy! -B
Overall Pop Rating (1 to 5 stars, more stars the better we thought it popped!)
B: 3.25. The ONE Thing is both approachable and actionable. The authors, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan, do a great job of taking one idea and breaking it down into steps to not only support the idea but show you how to apply the concept to your own life. They end every chapter with a “Big Ideas” section that reminded me of Cliff Notes as it contained the main things you should have learned from the chapter. Definitely highlighted a few of these for future reference.
T: 3.5. I love the concept of this book as it goes along with other things we’ve been reading about simplifying our lives. Focusing on one thing is a pretty novel idea in our multitasking world so I really enjoyed the explanation of how to do this and why you should. The writing style was really easy to read with an added bonus of underlines and bullets already made in it to make sure you get the most important points.
Why were you drawn to read this book?
B: Tiffany mentioned it after listening to the Jess Lively podcast with Jay Papasan. I loved the interview on the podcast so his book was definitely next on my list.
T: It was based on Jess Lively’s recommendation from her interview with Jay Papasan as Becca mentions above.
What is one thing that you will take away from this book?
B: The power of asking a great question, and to do that, you want the question to be big and specific. Often when people ask me a future thinking question, such as where do I see myself in 5 years, I tend to think small and broad. But not anymore! The argument presented goes like this: “The best question… is big and specific: big, because you’re after extraordinary results; specific, to give you something to aim at and to leave no wiggle room about whether you hit the mark.” This will definitely be how I position my questions going forward!
T: “Don’t let small thinking cut your life down to size. Think big, aim high, act bold.” I love this as I think it’s all too common to just let life happen to you and to believe that a normal ordinary life is all you’ll have. I loved the concept of “Don’t order from the menu.” You have to think differently and act differently to have a big life. One aha! moment in this book was when he explained that when you focus on your one thing, other things may go into chaos. Since I’ve already been trying to focus on the most important things in my life (but not the ONE thing!) and felt the effects of the things you do not focus on, this helped confirm to me that it still means you’re doing it right. You cannot do it all so some things may feel unresolved or chaotic when you follow this path.
Who would you recommend this book to?
B: Anyone who is feeling stuck and looking for some actionable tips on how to get un-stuck; and anyone who wants advice on how to lead a life on purpose (like me!).
T: Someone who wants to live big and make an impact, but needs some guidance on how to do that.
What is your ONE Thing for this month?
B: Figure out a morning routine that is purposeful but also allows for flexibility. I would consider myself a morning person and I love doing various things in the morning, from exercise to writing in my journal to reading to working on my calligraphy… the list is long! However, my schedule doesn’t always cooperate with what I want to do. So, I want to figure out how to enjoy my morning and get the time for myself, while being flexible to changes based on my family and work schedule.
T: Sooo…this is where I am honest. I do not have a ONE thing for the month. I like the idea of that, but have a really hard time translating that to real life for myself. You can consider this one a TBD!