Review: Gary Keller – The ONE thing

I recently read a great book by Cal Newport, and following up in the same kind of theme was a book by Gary Keller called ‘The ONE thing’. Worth the read? Let’s find out!

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What type of book is it?

This book falls into that category of self improvement / facts! It teaches the reader how to narrow his or her focus down to the one thing that is absolutely most important in the moment.

Who should read it?

I would recommend this book to any ambitious person who is trying to get ahead in life. Somebody who wants to improve some part of their life be it study, career, sports, faith or what ever. The concepts of the book can be applied to all.

What’s bad about it?

There is a lot to like here. I can’t really think of anything negative, other than when compared to Cal Newport’s book, this one is more general where Newport is very specific on giving instructions on methods to follow.

What’s good about it?

I like how Keller summarizes the big ideas of each chapter. That was the only thing I felt that Newport’s book lacked. Keller is also good at citing research and making personal anecdotes on how the topic relates to his own experience and life. The book is a bit shorter than Newport’s and I found it slightly easier to read.

Final verdict

A great read! It complements Newport’s book really well, since they are on the same topic of focus, eliminating distraction and habits of productivity. I wish that I had started with Keller’s book, because it’s more general and wider. It’s better suited for piquing your interest on the subject, where Newport’s book is a perfect follow up to get really specific and detailed plans on how to actually implement this into your life. I feel like Newport’s book is more scientific and and instructional. It also covers important topics such as the negative impact of mail and social media in much greater detail.

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