Punk reckons last week’s post wasn’t a real book review. (He just wants a cheat sheet because reading the book himself isn’t his ONE Thing.)
“What’s the ONE Thing you can do this weeksuch that by doing it
everything else would be easier or unnecessary?”
That’s Gary Keller’s Focus Question. He breaks it down into two parts. The Big-Picture Question asks, “What is my ONE Thing?” The Small-Focus Question asks, “What’s my ONE Thing right now?”
So if my one thing is to be an author:
- Big-Picture = writing a novel.
- Small-Focus = Write today. As much as possible.
A quadrant example is given for asking the best question, which results in an answer that is Big and Specific.
Then the trick is saying NO to any activity unconnected with your ONE Thing. Your ONE Thing is your yardstick. Measure every distraction or opportunity against that yardstick.
Keller describes what the ONE Thing looks like in business terms:
- One product/service: KFC- one secret recipe; Starbucks– coffee
- One person (mentor): Albert Einstein had Max Talmud. No one is self-made.
- One passion/skill: for us writers, this should be obvious!
- One life: Bill Gates’ one passion (computers) led to one skill (programming), one partner, one boss, one job, on one computer, to one company, for one lifetime. Gates and his wife Melinda started one foundation, focused on one thing (global health), offering one tool that would provide the greatest impact (vaccines).
“One thing is at the heart of success.”
- write down what your ONE Thing is
- make it bigger
- make it specific
This is the first (well, second) post in a series on The ONE Thing. Stay tuned, Punk!