Excerpts taken from the book ‘The One Thing’ by Jay Papasan & Gary Keller.


Extreme Pareto

The 80/20 rule is the first word, but not the last, about success. What Pareto started, you’ve got to finish. You can actually take 20 percent of the 20 percent of the 20 percent and continue until you get to the single most important thing! Start with as large a list as you want, but develop the mindset that you will whittle your way from there to the critical few and not stop until you end with the essential ONE. The imperative ONE. The ONE Thing.



Success is actually a short race-a sprint fueled by discipline just long enough for habit to kick in and take over.

 As this habit becomes part of your life, you’ll start looking like a disciplined person. But you won’t be one. What you will be is someone who has something regularly working for you because you regularly worked on it. You’ll be a person who used selected discipline to build a powerful habit.



Sixty six Days to the Sweet Pot

The right discipline goes a long way, and habits are hard only in the beginning. Over time, the habit you’re after becomes easier and easier to sustain. It’s true.


So, how long do you have to maintain discipline? Researchers at the University College of London have the answer. The results suggest that it takes an average of 66 days to acquire a new habit.


In their studies, students who successfully acquired one positive habit reported less stress; less impulsive spending; better dietary habits; decreased alcohol, tobacco, and caffeine consumption; fewer hours watching TV; and even fewer dirty dishes.


  1. Be a person of powerful habits and use selected discipline to develop them.
  2. Super-successful people aren’t superhuman at all; they’ve just used selected discipline to develop a few significant habits. One at a time. Over time.
  3. Once a habit is solidly established, you can either build on that habit or, if appropriate, build another one.




The brain makes up 1/50th of our body mass but consumes a staggering 1/5th of the calories we burn for energy.