How does a small private high school have a winning streak that defies belief?
De la Salle, When the game stands tall.
How does a computer company go from major losses to one of the biggest publicly traded companies in America?
Apple computers during Steve Jobs return.
They went small.
“’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.” Gary Keller
Finding your ONE Thing
What is your ‘ONE Thing’?
What are you uniquely qualified to do? As a husband and father, wife and mother.
Related to work, what is your dream? What is your vision of your company? What is your dream in life?
My personal struggle is related to too many distractions and interruptions. I have a vision and a goal for what I want to see for my business, for my life, but I get stopped along the way. I have resorted to carrying my ‘office’ in a backpack and taking it with me wherever I go. A question I have started asking myself is ‘where do I need to say no, and what do I need to say no to, to focus on the things that matter?’ How do I get the most out of my day? Here are some things to consider in finding and living out your ONE Thing.
“People think that focus means saying yes to the things you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are.” Steve Jobs
You need to remove things. Say no to the things that are keeping you from your ONE Thing.
“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”
Do not focus on doing things right. DO THE RIGHT THINGS
“It doesn’t matter how well you polish the underside of the banister.”
Randy Pausch, ‘The Last Lecture’
( I actually love this quote. My first thought was, “the underside of the banister was polished!” That speaks volumes about how I am wired.)
80/20 Rule – A small number of things are going to contribute the most.
Where is our value? What is our 20% that will contribute the most?
Do a few things well.
Focus on what is valuable.
“You must be single-minded. Drive for the one thingon which you have decided.” General George S. Patton
The areas that you lose track of time might be the ‘ONE Thing’ you are wired to do. Where do you lose track of time? What task are you doing? You may be good at it.
Use Strength Finders to see where your strengths lie.
“The secret to life is this…one thing. That’s for you to figure out.” Curly – City Slickers