“Going small” is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do. It’s recognizing that not all things matter equally and finding the things that matter most. It’s a tighter way to connect what you do with what you want. It’s realizing that extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus.
When one thing, the right thing, is set in motion, it can topple many things. And that’s not all.
Getting extraordinary results is all about creating a domino effect in your life.
Find the lead domino, and whack away at it until it falls.
When you see someone who has a lot of knowledge, they learned it over time. When you see someone who has a lot of skills, they developed them over time. When you see someone who has done a lot, they accomplished it over time. When you see someone who has a lot of money, they earned it over time.
The key is over time. Success is built sequentially. It’s one thing at a time.
No one is self-made.
The ONE Thing shows up time and again in the lives of the successful because it’s a fundamental truth.
We sense intuitively that the path to more is through less, but the question is, Where to begin? From all that life has to offer, how do you choose? How do you make the best decisions possible, experience life at an extraordinary level, and never look back?
The ONE Thing becomes difficult because we’ve unfortunately bought into too many others—and more often than not those “other things” muddle our thinking, misguide our actions, and sidetrack our success.
“It’s not enough to be busy, so are the ants. The question is, what are we busy about?”
The things which are most important don’t always scream the loudest.
Achievers operate differently. They have an eye for the essential. They pause just long enough to decide what matters and then allow what matters to drive their day. Achievers do sooner what others plan to do later and defer, perhaps indefinitely, what others do sooner. The difference isn’t in intent, but in right of way. Achievers always work from a clear sense of priority.
Instead of a to-do list, you need a success list—a list that is purposefully created around extraordinary results.
The 80/20 Principle asserts that a minority of causes, inputs, or effort usually lead to a majority of the results, outputs, or rewards.
A small amount of causes creates most of the results. Just the right input creates most of the output. Selected effort creates almost all of the rewards.
Truth is multitasking is neither efficient nor effective. In the world of results, it will fail you every time.