The ONE Thing Achieves Extraordinary Success in Year 1

Austin, TX | April 4, 2014

Bestselling book by Gary Keller and Jay Papasan attracts audiences and accolades

AUSTIN, TEXAS (April 4, 2014)– One year into its publication run, Gary Keller and Jay Papasan’s book, The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results (Bard Press), continues to make a big impact around the world. 

The book has made more than 145 appearances on national bestseller lists, including the New York TimesWall Street Journal and USA Today. It reached #1 on the Wall Street Journal hardcover business bestseller list and spent five consecutive months on the New York Times business bestseller list. The book also reach #1 overall on 

With a quarter million copies in circulation in the United States and Canada, more than 25,000 sales of the UK edition, and translations published or planned in 23 languages, The ONE Thing is well positioned to continue helping readers focus on what’s most important in their lives. 

“We are grateful to our readers and thrilled with the positive response to the book’s research and teachings,” Keller said. “Writing The ONE Thing was a labor of love and it’s immensely gratifying to see readers connecting with the material, identifying big goals and creating the habits to lead more productive, fulfilling lives.” 

The ONE Thing has garnered high critical praise. Hudson Booksellers named it one of the Top 5 Business Interest Books of 2013 alongside such high-profile titles as Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and Malcolm Gladwell’s David and Goliath. According to BookScan, The ONE Thing was the third-highest selling business book of the year after Sandberg’s Lean In and Tom Rath’s StrengthsFinder 2.0. Executive Book Summaries named The ONE Thing one of its best business books for the year. And Inc. Magazine said it was one of the year’s five most inspirational business books. Keller and Papasan have been profiled by influential business publications including Forbes and Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership Review. 

Readers are equally enthusiastic. Hundreds of Amazon reviewers have awarded The ONE Thing an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars. Keller and Papasan conducted a 30-city North American tour and have started incorporating the book’s teachings into a series of seminars (The ONE Thing Fundamentals) as well as business coaching and corporate training programs. The book has also inspired a popular podcast and blog. 

“As authors, there’s nothing more satisfying than hearing your book is making a positive impact,” Papasan said. “We’re thrilled by the stories readers have shared of how they’ve identified their ONE Thing, eliminated distractions, and achieved greater results at work and at home as a result.” 

What Amazon reviewers are saying:

For more information about The ONE Thing, including coaching opportunities, resources and an online goal tracker, visit

About the Authors

Gary Keller is co-founder and chairman of the board of Keller Williams, the largest real estate franchise in North America. Jay Papasan is vice president of publishing and executive editor of KellerINK. They are the New York Times bestselling authors of several books, including The Millionaire Real Estate AgentThe Millionaire Real Estate Investor, and SHIFT.

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