Have you heard? I lead a business book club in New Jersey called Lady Boss Book Club. We started last year and we meet every 6-8 weeks at Words Bookstore in Maplewood for discussion. We also have a private Facebook group to share insights, questions, a-has and prompts. It's a fun and friendly place for women in business or not, who are dedicated to learning and reading books.
Our first book for this year was The One Thing by Gary Keller of Keller-Williams. It's a great read to jumpstart 2017 because it's all about productivity and self improvement. How to find your single focus in business and in life? I find many entrepreneurs, including myself, multi-passionate and often spinning in all sorts of directions. This book provides strategy and tools on how to focus on doing the one thing that matters most. Because when we focus on the ONE THING, then every thing else falls into place. The question we should be asking ourselves often is :
This focusing question will help you have less clutter, distractions and stress, and more focus, energy and success. And in our world of distractions and noise, this laser focus is not always easy. But the key is to stay deeply focused, prioritize and take intentional action.
We invited Lucy, a Keller-Williams associate, who practices the principles of The One Thing in her own business and mentors others as well, to moderate our meeting. Our book club had a lively discussion and here are a few of our takeaways.
Donna, Business Coach : You can’t do everything well. Focus on one thing, it will impact everything else that you want to accomplish.
Chitra, Personal Trainer : It’s not about being organized, it’s about being more efficient. Less is more.
Ipshita, Aangaan Academy : You come into your being when you find that one thing that lights you up.
Evelyn - Art Adventures/Toy Tamer : You cannot do two things at once because then you do two things poorly. Focus on one thing to completely de-stress.
Lisa, Parent Educator/Coach: You must tap into your passion vs the transactional part of business. Connect to your passion first and you'll find your focus.
Joy, Personal Stylist : First discover your why. When you are clear on your why, you can inspire others.
Mallika, Brand Photographer : Dream big but do the action. Be intentional with your time and tasks to get closer to the big goal; and don’t let the distractions get in the way.
Beth, Attorney : The One thing is about making your life easier, gaining more flexibility and more freedom. Get to the heart of what’s important to you. Expect the chaos/disorder from this...there will be changes when focusing on one thing.
Linda, Grad Student Parsons : Determine what is the right question first so you can find the right solution.
Swapna, Stella Dot Stylist : Focus on the one thing vs being spread too thing. Start saying no!
If you are having a hard time staying on track with your business or life, this is the book for you. It's filled with valuable nuggets, stories as case studies and easy to apply tools to get you closer to your big goals.
Want to join us for our next book club meeting? We are reading The Pumpkin Plan by Mike Michalowicz and will be meeting sometime in April. Join us in our Facebook group HERE. Until then, happy reading!