Focus on one Goal

Why You Should Do Just One Thing In 2017

One of the best books I’ve read in the last few years is ‘The One Thing’ by Gary Keller who is a very successful real estate developer. The premise of the book is straightforward, through numerous case studies, Keller argues in favour of minimising your work and just doing one thing at a time.

So I focused on one goal at a time and I always like to follow a basic two criteria rule that one of my mentors gave me. When you undertake something new it should:

  • Be 100% selfish: If it’s a big piece of work/project you undertake, ultimately it should be engineered so that you are the main beneficiary.  NO ONE will make your success but you!
  • Make you operate better: If you are going for self-development, don’t just go on a weekend course for a ‘piece of paper’ certification or read a book, you should be materially changed forever! Either do a long course that will really upskill you or agree to shadow someone in your company to learn something new (like project management).

Either way do one BIG thing and then most importantly let it seep into everything you do.

This goes against the ridiculous wisdom that suggests you should amass lots of certifications and a resume/CV that looks like a tapas menu, lots of small things, lots of breadth, no depth. No hiring manager I’ve met wanted someone who could do a little of lots of things partially well.

Pick one thing for this year and get REALLY good at it. It will be life changing, I promise.

When I got serious about Excel, my career and life changed, it set me on an incredible journey where I went from being a nobody to being one of the most respected people in my teams.

I wasn’t just the ‘Excel person’. Along my journey, I was a business analyst, reporting analyst, finance analyst, project manager but always my Excel skills made me stand out from the crowd whilst everyone else fit in and became invisible.

Excel is one of those skills that will impact EVERYTHING you do, from improved analysis and reporting to being able to free up more of your time (especially with VBA skills).


Sohail Anwar

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