TLS #64: the surprisingly simple truth about extraordinary results with Jay Papasan (“The One Thing”)


Today on the Lively Show, I have an awesomely helpful episode that is as eye-opening as it is easy to start applying to your life today!

I’m talking with Jay Papasan, a bestselling writer and co-author of New York Times Bestselling book, The One Thing.

Jay’s insights are incredible, there is SO much goodness for you to dive into.  Don’t miss it!

This episode is perfect for anyone who wants to find clarity in their life and improve their results from family to career.









  • How Jay got started as a writer and how that’s shifted over the years.
  • The reason we should expand our definition of success in our chosen field to include more than just working for oneself.
  • What sparked the concept for “The One Thing.”
  • How the power of compound interest literally brings incredible results in physics and our lives.
  • The question that helps you discover the One Thing for each area of your life you must focus on.
  • How technology is making it harder for us to focus on The One Thing.
  • The biggest mistake we make when tackling our to-do list, and how to change it.
  • The difference between a to-do list and a success list.
  • Our misconceptions about the idea of multi-tasking.
  • How to plan your day and your future with your One Thing in every area of your life.
  • What Jay would suggest for those just starting out on this journey.




Gary Keller Real Estate

The ONE Thing

The ONE Thing website

The Slight Edge

The 4-Hour Workweek

The Fringe Hours







 Want more? Check out more Lively Show episodes here.


PS – Registration for Life With Intention Online closes tomorrow!

“I really loved the class. 

I’m at a point in my life where I’m struggling to know what to do next, it gave me a sense of peace and hope. 

With this class, I now have a concrete guide on how to make changes that can bring me peace and contentment.”



Mary Baroch



PPS – I’m looking to hire an Austin Assistant!

The time has come for me to hire a Right Hand Lady! I’m looking for a resourceful, organized, and excited person to help me 4-8 hours per week (sorry, virtual assistants won’t work for this position).

The schedule is rather flexible, but hours will mostly fall during workday hours – so this is perfect for someone in college, or has another part-time job. To apply, please reach out to me at jess(at) with the subject line: Austin Assistant.



This Post Has 27 Comments

  1. I really enjoyed this episode! So many moments of ‘how have I not realized this before?’ hah. I’m speed-reading The Slight Edge now for LWIO on monday, but I’ll definitely be checking out The One Thing next ^^

    ps If ONLY I lived in Austin, you can bet I’d be applying for that assistant spot!

  2. Jessica Campion

    I’ve listened to most of your podcasts & this one is hands down one of my favorites. I’m definitely going to check out the book & have already thought of the 2 habits I want to focus on. Thanks for highlighting such inspirational and down to earth people on your show!

    1. That’s so great to hear, Jessica!! I’m so glad you enjoyed it so much – I hope you love the book even more than the interview!

  3. Fantastic episode and I’ve picked up the book and downloaded the worksheets. Thanks Jess for interviewing such amazing guests and helping us live intentionally every week.

  4. Leah Bermundo

    I really love your shows Jess! Every time I feel that Im veering off track to my goals… i listen to you and your guests and it just gets me back on track! Thank you thank you thank you! Xx

    1. That’s so lovely for you to take the time and share, Leah! It’s wonderful to hear you are getting so much from the show and the guests.

      I can’t wait to share what we’re cooking up this fall + winter for you. : )


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