The ONE Thing

Antes que nada quiero agradecer a mi dealer de libros. Tú sabes quién eres.

Este año me he enfocado en leer calidad y no tanto cantidad. Y vaya que leyendo este libro me pasé en Calidad, sin duda es uno de mis 5 libros favoritos y potencialmente uno que mencionaría si algún día me invitan a una feria del libro en Guadalajara. Les recomiendo bastantísimo que lo compren y lo lean completo. En lo personal batallé y se me hizo una lectura pesada en la primera mitad del libro pero vale mucho la pena terminarlo. 10/10.

Les dejo las notas que tomé como puntos importantes. (In english because I read the book in English)

If you chase two rabbits you will not catch either one.

Are you changing the world alone?

No. Jesus needed 12 peers, but you will need 14 at least.

Where I had had huge success, I had narrowed my concentration to one thing, and where my success varied, my focus had too.

The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time. Find the lead domino, and whack away at it until it falls.

Apple is a MASTER in creating an environment where an extraordinary ONE thing excels. Macs, iMacs, iTunes, iPods, iPhones, iPads, AirPods, and I Might buy all of those separately.

No one is self-made.

Success demands singleness of purpose.

Life is too short to be chasing unicorns, be true to yourself.

Six lies between you and success

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

1. Equality is a lie.

It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants.

The question is what are we busy about?

Achievers always work from a clear sense of priority

The 80/20 principle, says the minority of your effort leads to the majority of your results.

2. To do two things at once is to do neither. It’s not that we have too little time to do all the things we need to do, it’s that we feel the need to do too many things in the time we have. Task switching exacts a cost few realize they’re even paying. Why would we tolerate multitasking when we’re doing our most important work? Just because our day job doesn’t involve bypass surgery shouldn’t make focus any less critical to our success or the success of others.

3. Success is actually a short race – a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over. You can become successful with less discipline than you think, for one simple reason: success is about doing the right thing, not about doing everything right. Day 66 habit forms. Sustain the discipline long enough on one habit, and not only becomes easier but so do other things as well. It’s why those with the right habits seem to do better than others. They’re doing the most important thing regularly and, as a result, everything else is easier.

4. Willpower has a limited battery life but can be recharged with some downtime. It’s a limited but renewable resource. The more we use our mind, the less minding power we have. How do you put your willpower at work? Pay attention to it. Respect it. You make doing what matters most a priority when your willpower is its highest. If you want to get the most out of your day, do your most important work early.

What taxes willpower? Implementing new behaviors, filtering distractions, resisting temptation, suppressing emotion, restraining aggression, suppressing impulses, taking tests, trying to impress others, coping with fear, doing something you don’t enjoy, selecting long-term over short-term rewards.

5. The problem with living in the middle is that it prevents you from making extraordinary time commitments to anything. In your effort to attend to all things everything gets shortchanged and nothing gets its due. Counterbalance your personal life bucket. Acknowledge that your life actually has multiple areas and that each requires a minimum of attention for you to feel that you “have a life”. Drop anyone and you will feel the effects. This requires constant awareness. You must never go too long or too far without counterbalancing them so that they are all active areas of your life. Your personal life requires it.

6. There is the fear that big success brings crushing pressure and stress, that the pursuit of it robs them of not only time with family and friends but eventually their health. Uncertain of the right to achieve big, or fearful of what might happen if they try and fall short, their head spins just thinking about it and they immediately doubt they have a head for heights. Lowering our trajectory feels safe, but no one knows their ultimate ceiling. What you build today will either empower or restrict you tomorrow. If your goal is 10, ask: “How can I get 20?” Set a goal so far above what you want that you’ll be building a plan that practically guarantees your original goal. Don’t order from the Menu, think your own path differently. Act bold, and remember, what consistently works for others will almost always work for us.

Success comes down to being appropriate in the moments of your life. The secret of getting ahead is getting started. The secret to getting started is breaking your complex overwhelming tasks into small manageable tasks and then starting on the first one.

What’s the one thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary? The research and experience of others is the best place to start when looking for your answer. A new answer usually requires new behavior.

The more productive people are, the more purpose and priority they are pushing and driving them. With the additional outcome of profit, it’s the same for business. What’s visible to the public, productivity and profit are always buoyed by the substance that serves as the company’s foundation. All businesspeople want productivity and profit, but too many fail to realize that the best path to attaining them is through purpose-driven priority. Great businesses are built one productive person at a time.

Christmas Carol example. Our purpose sets our priority and our priority determines the productivity our actions produce. “Where he once saved money and used people, he now uses the money to save people.” Who we are and where we want to go determined what we do and what we accomplish.

Happiness happens on the way to fulfillment. Financially wealthy people are those who have enough money coming in without having to work to finance their purpose in life. To be financially wealthy you must have a purpose for your life. Without a purpose, you’ll never know when you have enough money, and you can never be financially wealthy.

Purpose without priority is powerless. Curiously, priority remained unpluralized until around the 20th century, when the world apparently demoted it to mean generally “something that matters” and the plural “priorities” appeared.

Live for productivity, productive action transforms lives. Putting together a life of extraordinary results simply comes down to getting the most out of what you do, when what you do matters. Time-block your one thing and then protect your time block. Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. Time block your time off. Time block your one thing. Time block your planning time.

Resting is as important as working. Does he get to do this because he is Stephen King, or is he Stephen King because he does this?

The 3 commitments to your one thing.

1. Follow the Path of Mastery.

2. Move from E to P.

3. Live the Accountability cycle.

1. Mastery is not a word we often hear anymore but it is essential. It means you are a master of what you know and an apprentice of what you don’t. When you can see mastery as a path you go down instead of a destination you arrive at, it starts to feel accessible and attainable. Expertise tracks with hours invested, 10000-hour rule. As you progress along the path of mastery, both your self-confidence and your success competence will grow.

2. The path of mastering something is the combination of not only doing the best you can do at it but also doing it the best it can be done. Entrepreneurial is our natural approach, it’s seeing something we want to do and race off with enthusiasm, energy, and our natural abilities. No matter the task, every ability has a ceiling of achievement, level of productivity, and success that eventually tops out. You need a purposeful approach for your ONE thing. Highly productive people don’t accept the limitations of their natural approach as the final word on their success. When they hit a level of achievement, they look for new models and systems to push through

If practice time were all that mattered, over the course of our professional careers, with the millions of memos and emails we type, we’d all progress from the lowly chicken peck to 100 words a minute. But that doesn’t happen. We reach a level of skill we deem to be acceptable and then simply switch off the learning, we hit the OK Plateau. If we want Extraordinary results, accepting an OK plateau or any other ceiling of achievement isn’t okay when it applies to your one thing. When you want to break through plateaus and ceilings, there is only one approach, Purpose.

3. Accountable people achieve results others only dream of. Two managers, sales drop, Accountable manager reacts: “What’s happening here?” She investigates exactly what she’s up against. The other manager: “It’s just a blip, glitch, anomaly, bad month”. Highly Successful people are clear about their role in the events of their life. Individuals who wrote their goals and sent progress reports to friends were 76.7% more likely to achieve them.

The 4 thieves

1. Inability to say no

2. Fear of chaos

3. Poor Health Habits

4. Environment Doesn’t Support Your Goals

1. When you say yes to something, it’s imperative that you understand what you’re saying no to. You can’t please everyone, so don’t try. A request must be connected to one thing. Your talent and abilities are limited resources. Time is finite. If you don’t make your life about what you say yes to, then it will become what you intended to say no.

2. Recognize that pursuing your ONE Thing moves other things to the back burner. Loose ends can feel like snares, creating tangles in your path. This kind of chaos is unavoidable. Make peace with it. Learn to deal with it. The success you have accomplishing your ONE thing will continually prove you made the right decision.

3. Manage your Energy. Don’t sacrifice your health by trying to take on too much. Your body is an amazing machine, but it doesn’t come with a warranty, you can’t trade it in, and repairs can be costly. It’s important to manage your energy so you can do what you must do, achieve what you want to achieve, and live the life you want to live.

4. Take ownership of your environment. Make sure that the people around you and your physical surroundings support your goals. The right people in your life and the right physical environment on your daily path will support your efforts to get to your ONE Thing, they will supply the optimism and physical lift you need to make your ONE thing happen.

Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.

Angel Escamilla

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