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The ONE Thing:

On Friday April 12th I hosted Jay Papasan and Ben Kinney for a discussion about Jay's new book 'The ONE Thing'. Ben and Jay took us through a few of the highlights of the book that directly impact a real estate agent and we talked about a few of the things agents can do to focus themselves, in their business and their lives.

In conjunction with having Jay and Ben join us, the publishers of 'The ONE Thing' were also nice enough to give us a few chapters of the book for everyone to download and get a sense for how Jay (and his co-author Gary Keller) explain that focusing on 'The ONE Thing' can help make everything else in our lives easier. You will find a link to download those chapters below.

Today we'd like to announce a challenge to get everyone thinking about their ONE Thing. The ideas put forth in this book have been used by some of the most successful people from all walks of life, way before Jay and Gary succinctly put the ideas on paper hard drive for this book (paper...ha! I wonder if Jay writes on paper? I doubt it)

Of course Jay would love if you'd buy the book, but even if you don't these chapters will give you some serious food for thought. We hope they get you thinking about habits you can adopt in your life that will make you more efficient and give you some foundation to have more success in your business and in your life. 

To get some context for the chapters you are about to read and the overall principles in the book, I would highly encourage you to take 40 minutes to watch the video below. Jay and Ben sat down with ActiveRain and gave some practical applications for real estate agents. These are principles any one of us can put to work in our life and business no matter how small or how large our goals. I've read the book twice already...I've never read a book twice. I've also began to put some of this into action in my own life and in a matter of days can see results.

The Challenge:

Download each chapter of the book. You can find the downloads of the book here:
Download sample chapters of The ONE Thing 

After you read each chapter (it will take you about 15-20 which point you'll probably want to just buy the book and read the other 200 pages), we'd like you to pick one chapter and do a book report on it.

Book report???? I guess that's what I'll call it. Basically I want you to read the chapter and then tell us what you think. One of the chapters is about Multi-tasking. It's from a section of the book that deals with the lies we choose to believe about our own productivity. Essentially Jay and Gary suggest that the ability to multi-task effectively is a lie and it robs you of significant amounts of time and productivity. Your blog post could share that you are as guilty as I am at thinking you are a good multi-tasker and be a mea culpa. Or maybe you could choose to write about something you are going to do to allow yourself to be more focused and stop multi-tasking. Basically read one chapter and tell us what you think or tell us what you were thinking as you read it.

Once you have written your blog post, leave a link to your post in the comment section of this post.

Inside your blog post somewhere, I ask that you link back to this post so that anyone reading your post can also have a chance to participate in the challenge.

The Rules:

Each post submitted to the challenge will earn the author 1,000 ActiveRain points. Posts must be at least 300 words. Take some time to really reflect upon what you've read.

Posts must be submitted by Monday April 29th at 11:59pm Pacific Time (again, in order to submit your post leave a link to your post in the comment section of this post)

Two people will be randomly selected to receive a free copy of 'The ONE Thing' signed by Jay Papasan. 

The Video and the Book:

As I mentioned above, if you'd like some context for what the book is about and would like to know how the principles in the book could actually help you be more productive in your life and your business, I'd love to have you watch and listen to Jay and Ben chatting with me last week. 

Also, if you would like to get your own copy of The ONE Thing, you can jump over to the website and pick up a copy of the book


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Chris Ann Cleland
Long and Foster REALTORSĀ®, Gainesville, VA - Bristow, VA
Associate Broker, Bristow, VA
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Cindy Jones
Integrity Real Estate Group - Woodbridge, VA
Pentagon, Fort Belvoir & Quantico Real Estate News

My post.  The Myth of Mult-tasking-It's Not All It's Cracked Up To Be

I've noticed a few people with multiple reports but I read the instructions and they say "pick one chapter and do a book report on it."  I read that as we will only get points for 1 chapter.  Is that correct?



Apr 29, 2013 11:26 AM #152
Dagny Eason
Dagny's Real Estate - Wilton, CT
Fairfield County CT, CDPE Homes For Sale and Condo

Thanks for the contest!  Here's my entry!

The One Thing Focus -Do You Have It?

Apr 29, 2013 12:00 PM #153
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Thanks for the opportunity, here is my entry;

The One Thing

Apr 29, 2013 12:04 PM #154
Sharon Alters
Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308 - Fleming Island, FL
Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL

Can't wait to read the entirebook!

The ONE Thing About Willpower was calling my name!

Thanks for another great opportunity to check out a new book and earn extra points :)

Apr 29, 2013 12:34 PM #155
Susan Emo
Sotheby's International Realty Canada - Brokerage - Kingston, ON
Kingston and the 1000 Islands Area
Apr 29, 2013 12:49 PM #156
Debbie Cook
Long & Foster Real Estate, Inc - Silver Spring, MD
Silver Spring and Takoma Park Maryland Real Estate

Excellent Chapters - Really Wets my appetite for reading the whole book!

Here's my Challenge submission 

Apr 29, 2013 01:21 PM #157
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

Here's my book report. Thanks for the chance to get a preview of the book. It really is a quick and easy read.

Apr 29, 2013 01:28 PM #158
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital

Hi.  I thought I had already posted my link, but now I can't find it.  So here it is:

The "One Thing" Challenge: Distracting Myself

Apr 29, 2013 01:55 PM #159
Praful Thakkar
LAER Realty Partners - Andover, MA
Andover, MA: Andover Luxury Homes For Sale

The book is a 'game changer' for me - as it leads to...

End of An Era of Multi-Tasking!

Apr 29, 2013 02:30 PM #160
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thanks for bribing me to read this chapter, I am very glad that I did, now please send the rest of the book as soon as possible.

here are a few of my thoughts on chapter 7

Apr 29, 2013 04:09 PM #162
Michelle Carr-Crowe Just Call 408-252-8900 Top 1%!
Get Results Team...Just Call (408) 252-8900! . DRE #00901962 . Licensed to Sell since 1985 . Altas Realty - San Jose, CA
Family Helping Families Buy & Sell Homes 40+ Years
Apr 29, 2013 04:59 PM #163
Ed Silva
RE/MAX Professionals, CT 203-206-0754 - Waterbury, CT
Central CT Real Estate Broker Serving all equally

Just under the wire

The One thing Challenge

Apr 30, 2013 01:15 PM #164
Maria Morton
Chartwell Kansas City Realty - Kansas City, MO
Kansas City Real Estate 816-560-3758

So, which two random Active Rain bloggers won the copies of 'The One Thing'? Sounds like a lot of us could use one!

May 02, 2013 09:24 AM #165
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Sorry Maria, I kept both of the books for myself and I've ripped pages out of them and posted them at various spots in my house and office........better luck next time everyone! haha!

I kid......

I'll have some winners for you tomorrow. I'm a sucker for the suspense :)

May 02, 2013 09:48 AM #166
Kathleen Daniels
KD Realty - 408.972.1822 - San Jose, CA
San Jose Homes for Sale-Probate & Trust Specialist

Bob, It looks like I had a senior moment ... I wrote and posted my challenge post on 4/16/2013 yet it does not appear I posted the link here.  Begging for forgiveness and points.

Entry is here

May 09, 2013 08:36 AM #167
Bob Stewart
ActiveRain - Seattle, WA
ActiveRain Ambassador

Drum roll please..........

Thank you to everyone who took some time to read the sample chapters from the book. I just did the drawing to give away two free signed copies of the book and the winners are:

Joel Friday from Coon Rapids Minnesota


Bob Crane from Stevens Point Wisconsin

Now I will be going through and awarding 1000 points for everyone that participated. Look for your bonus points in the next hour. 

May 13, 2013 06:52 AM #168
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams fox cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Thank you Thank you Thank you Thank you, I am so glad to win this fine book, I cant wait to finish reading it, the online chapters were very good and I look forward to reading the rest of the book.

And, Thanks for all of the great points!!


May 13, 2013 09:44 AM #169
Cheryl Johnson
Highland Park, CA


Leaving this question here on this older post seems as good as any place .....  Has THE ONE THING been released as an audio book?  I've been searching around and haven't found it in audio format .... I do like to listen to books while driving or doing chores .... Thanks!

Sep 30, 2013 09:36 PM #170
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