In the book, Keller mentions the Purposeful Approach which means doing the best that can be done versus the Entrepreneurial Approach which means doing the best that one can do. He argues that one of the elements of success is not throwing the too towel early, but to push oneself to the boundaries of what has been done, not just to be complacent in one's personal boundaries.
With everything on high-speed mode these days and distractions aplenty, focus becomes relevant in our lives more than ever. Taking cue from Steve Jobs, master creator - who rearranged Apple during his second coming, threw hundreds of current projects out of the window to only focus on a few. Choose one project, say the iPod and make it as perfect as possible. Only then do you move to the next project, say an iPhone. But don't stop on making the perfect iPod. Make another version of it until you've pushed an entire industry.
(On a side note: A stiletto by the way, that steps on your toe hurts more than a flat shoe. Focused weight & focused energy: We could all use those to our advantage.)
Now how do we put these focusing concepts to practice? This wonderful book tells us all to pick one thing to be the center of our lives. Just one thing. What a tall order that is! To answer, what is your life all about in a word is extreme focusing. Surely, the energy focus will make a success out of anyone especially if the competition is not just with self, but with what has already been done in history. Though of course, the first question must be answered is: Where do you want to go? If once you've decided, take one step at a time to reach it. But the Keller says, not just with any step, but with a step that will make all other things easier. Take the best step forward.
The One Thing can be applied not just for life's purpose but for other goals as well such as in one's personal life (What can I do in 90 days so that I can get in the physical shape I want or to strengthen my faith), in family life (What's the one thing I can do so my relationship with my spouse or kids will improve?) in one's job (What's the one thing I can do to finish the project ahead of schedule?), among other things. Useful? Very.
I love that this book is yellow. Like a caution sign! I guess I will then prop this book on my desk so I'll always be reminded me of my one thing. And hopefully, this is a step closer for a cure of towards a more focused and calm mind. We'll see.