Going Small is the 1st chapter of the book review of The One Thing, a book on achieving extraordinary results. I will be breaking down each chapter while adding some of my thoughts to the quotes that gripped me most.
- “Make getting to the heart of things the heart of [your] approach… Go small” Pg. 9
- “Going small is ignoring all the things you could do and doing what you should do.”
- Not all things matter equally… [find] the things that matter most.
- A tighter way to connect what you do with what you want.
- Realize extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus… go as small as possible. Pg. 10
- “Big success comes when we do a few things well.” Pg. 10
- When people do too much… “Over time they lower their expectations, abandon their dreams, and allow their life to get small. This is the wrong thing to make small.” Pg. 10
- “You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects.” Pg. 10
We all start small. We were born small, put small words together, took small steps, wore small clothes, made small progress and had small thoughts on a planet that turned out to be pretty small, within a small galaxy in a likely small universe.
Yet somehow we’ve begun to believe, by disillusion that, great things are achieved all at once. AirBnB struggled for 5 years before they realized pictures were the one thing they needed to add to each apartment listing in NYC. Amazon started out as nothing other than an online bookstore, diversifying to CD’s, then DVD’s, and today runs practically the entire internet. Apple started out with home computing and evolved to create the iPod, iPhone, iPad and the Apple Watch.
Better yet, Thomas Edison was sent home by his teacher, labeled “too stupid to learn anything”. Walt Disney was fired from his first big job because he “lacked imagination and had no good ideas.” A man named Soichiro was fired from Toyota and began making scooters in his garage. His last name is Honda… Thomas probably wasn’t smart, Disney likely lacked imagination and maybe Soichiro wasn’t good working on the line. That’s not the point. The key takeaway here is that they all started with skills and talents that were not yet formed. They had to start small.
All of these companies and individuals had original visions and skills smaller than what they evolved to become. Their products and intellects grew with the size of their commitment to progress. Big commitment to small, steady and incremental steps, produce enormous results over time.
What’s difficult when you’re a visionary, is to see the smaller picture. All the little steps necessary for the big picture to come together can be challenging for the realist to look at and perceive an outcome also.
But we must begin by going small. When we go small we identify a sequence to doing important things. We can altogether skip hard and painful steps when we do the appropriate [one] thing we should, at the right time. Would not the process of creating something great be far more enjoyable if we knew we were taking the path of least resistance? That’s the path of going small. Going small is truly an invitation to creating big, and is the fastest way to get there.
How To Begin
- Write down the one thing you can do, such that by doing it ______ will become easier or unnecessary.
- Replace could do’s with should do’s – “I could go do that tomorrow… I really should do it now.”
- Write down one thing you want to do really well.
- Write down 5 things you need to stop doing that are taking up too much time and energy.
- Come up with a new way to answer the “How are you doing? question. Don’t say “Busy”!