One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do

One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do

"One Big Thing" is about finding out what you were born to do with your life and how to use it to revolutionize your business or ministry-and change the world.In a complex, multi-layered world, it's more difficult than ever to get your voice heard and to accomplish your dreams. To stand out today, you need to cut through the clutter and get noticed. Making that happen mean...

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Title:One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do
Author:Phil Cooke
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One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do Reviews

  • Mike Wech

    If you have never had the opportunity to listen to Phil Cooke speak, then this is a MUST READ catch up course from your Guidance Counselor. For any dream chaser who feels there is more than a 9-5 existence, take notes from "One Big Thing," and put this book into action. There's no excuse to dream when you can "plan" and mark your course toward the "One Big Thing" you were born to do.

    This is a timely concept and I really like how Phil breaks it down with examples of success and failure that will

    If you have never had the opportunity to listen to Phil Cooke speak, then this is a MUST READ catch up course from your Guidance Counselor. For any dream chaser who feels there is more than a 9-5 existence, take notes from "One Big Thing," and put this book into action. There's no excuse to dream when you can "plan" and mark your course toward the "One Big Thing" you were born to do.

    This is a timely concept and I really like how Phil breaks it down with examples of success and failure that will make you reconsider the path you are on, take note of the road ahead and make the right moves with precision and wisdom toward your God-given dream!

  • Julie Baylor

    Great book for me, inspiring me to continue on to what I once believed to be my "calling," or as the author calls it my One Big Thing. Easy and quick to read. I recommend for anyone who is looking for what's next, or needs encouragement to continue amidst opposition to what they believe they were meant to do.

  • Morgan

    I really loved listening to this audiobook.

    It was a lot of fun to listen to quotes & ask myself the introspective questions I needed to.

    The truth is, it's a lot of work to not only figure out what your ONE BIG THING is but to also put it into practice.

    This book has helped me identify how I can start to figure it all out!

  • Karin Hurt

    What’s next…?

    “It’s tough not to notice a raging fire”

    -Phil Cooke

    What’s next? What are you born to do? What is your calling? A vital topic for me and for those I lead.

    Phil Cooke contributes well to this conversation with his book, The One Big Thing.

    He starts with two Big Questions about what’s next:

    What am I supposed to do in my life?

    In a hyper-connected, cluttered, and distracted world, how do I get noticed?

    From there, he asks readers to consider 4 key questions about what’s next:

    What comes easy

    What’s next…?

    “It’s tough not to notice a raging fire”

    -Phil Cooke

    What’s next? What are you born to do? What is your calling? A vital topic for me and for those I lead.

    Phil Cooke contributes well to this conversation with his book, The One Big Thing.

    He starts with two Big Questions about what’s next:

    What am I supposed to do in my life?

    In a hyper-connected, cluttered, and distracted world, how do I get noticed?

    From there, he asks readers to consider 4 key questions about what’s next:

    What comes easy for you

    What do you love?

    What drives you crazy?

    What do you want to leave behind?

    My favorite of these was, “what drives you crazy….”

    The more I live, the more I notice that what ticks me off strangely brings me closer to my calling. In fact, I had a great conversation with a wonderful leader today who asked me… “who is your enemy?”

    Turns out, my answer, which I hadn’t articulated until today is…. “bad leadership.”

    There are lots of us fighting that fight… working toward a common big thing.

    Why Phil’s Approach is Intriguing…

    He is an interesting guy… while completely advocating for a focus on “One Big Thing” he also recognizes that having broad interests creates paths to discovery and nurturing of that goal, “no matter what your OBT might be, you’ll be better because you approach it from a wide variety of perspectives”

    He creates a tight linkage with finding a platform and getting noticed, “It’s tough not to notice a raging fire”

    He’s got relevant experience (leadership, writing, film producing, non-profit change) he’s been successful in various arenas… and yet continues to refine his big gig with grace

    He writes from the perspective of the Christian tradition in relevant ways, and yet is very open and accessible to those with differing backgrounds

    What could be done better…

    He seems to assume that this concept is a bit new to the reader…he offers lots of great fodder, but I imagine this will not be a new thought for most picking up this book

    He relies a lot on frequently cited and tweeted leadership quotes, I would have preferred to hear more call-outs from his thinking

    Overall a good read,to get people thinking about what’s next…

    Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the publisher through the BookSneeze®.com book review bloggers program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

  • Jose

    Lacks ability to engage the reader. But overall very helpfull and extremely well written.

  • Deena Shoemaker

    This book is not your typical "get rich quick" book. It's not one of those "I'm going to hand you the answers to life" books.

    It's the "find out who you are, find out what you love, and be that thing" book. It's a road map, if you will, that points you in all the right directions for discovering yourself. It's an organized, detailed, logical approach to finding what you are good at in life and being that person.

    I was kind of skeptical about this book, as I am about most books that claim to help

    This book is not your typical "get rich quick" book. It's not one of those "I'm going to hand you the answers to life" books.

    It's the "find out who you are, find out what you love, and be that thing" book. It's a road map, if you will, that points you in all the right directions for discovering yourself. It's an organized, detailed, logical approach to finding what you are good at in life and being that person.

    I was kind of skeptical about this book, as I am about most books that claim to help you find your purpose. But I was actually surprised to find out that it wasn’t like the other books I’ve seen on the topic. It doesn’t claim to hold magical 8-ball powers that send you on your way. Instead, it actually says it can’t and won’t tell you your purpose.

    There is a series of steps you can take and questions you must ask yourself in order to start discovering who you are and what you do best.

    I really liked the analogy inside this book about “the bread plate lady.”

    The author, Cooke, went to a market one day and discovered many stands full of everything imaginable. But there was one old lady in the corner selling only bread plates. Everyone locally knew her as “the bread plate lady” and anyone looking for a bread plate was directed to her. Now, there were several other stands that also sold bread plates, but everyone was still directed to her.

    Why?

    Because she focused on One Big Thing.

    Was her purpose in life bread plates? No. I’m sure it wasn’t. But, as the analogy says, “focus on the one thing you’re good at, and people will notice.”

  • Crystal Johnson

    While I relate to the author and what he wants to accomplish I feel like his message ironically doesn’t stand out and he discusses for a while the importance of standing out. General info, nothing new for people who’ve read handful of personal development books/education.

    He asks some good questions and as successful people know the quality of your life is based in quality of questions you ask yourself consistently so there’s value there.

    -find your one thing (which ironically he doesn’t really

    While I relate to the author and what he wants to accomplish I feel like his message ironically doesn’t stand out and he discusses for a while the importance of standing out. General info, nothing new for people who’ve read handful of personal development books/education.

    He asks some good questions and as successful people know the quality of your life is based in quality of questions you ask yourself consistently so there’s value there.

    -find your one thing (which ironically he doesn’t really talk about how but keeps stating that it’s important)

    -there’s a lot of “clutter” and distractions out there so you have to know how to stand out.

    -he discusses more of how to get your one big thing “out there” then figuring talking about your one thing.

    -he talks about business a lot - branding and what that is: branding is your perception others have of you.

    -priorities driven by values - values determine boundaries

    -values help identify one true thing

    -value yourself, value your time, value determine what’s important

    -focus on the small things that you do based off your values

    -lock in values before you have pressure

    -ask: where do your values come from?

    -take DISC assessment - I agree take it

    -he’s a high I so am I. He’s not detailed person, same am I.

    -stop worrying about weakness - focus on strengths

    -people pay for 9-10 expert level

    -pursue where you feel most confident

    -

  • Maria

    Book message was redundant. It didn't motivate me. There was a part where he says his wife finishes books no matter if it wasn't interesting. And I felt I was doing the same with this book. I kept hoping it would get more motivating. But unfortunately for me it didn't. Maybe it will help you more.

  • Hazellie

    Listened on audiobook.

    There was a lot of talk, talk, talk, but no substance. He gave a lot of examples of people who made it and people who didn't, but there was no relevance to that one big thing we're supposed to know for ourselves.

    He keeps talking about how hard it is to make it in the world so we should have a one big thing, but it doesn't make sense, because a lot of examples he gave of people who did well, they didn't have a one big thing. I get confused about what I'm really listening t

    Listened on audiobook.

    There was a lot of talk, talk, talk, but no substance. He gave a lot of examples of people who made it and people who didn't, but there was no relevance to that one big thing we're supposed to know for ourselves.

    He keeps talking about how hard it is to make it in the world so we should have a one big thing, but it doesn't make sense, because a lot of examples he gave of people who did well, they didn't have a one big thing. I get confused about what I'm really listening to, because he says, let's talk about apples, and then he starts talking about oranges.

    I have no idea what he's trying to get at, and it feels like he's just blowing hot air. I've seen a few videos of people like that. They're good speakers, as in, they speak confidently in good English, in front of an audience, and the audience think that these speakers know what they're talking about, just because they have confidence. But confidence does not equal knowledge or wisdom.

    It's dangerous to listen to people like that, because they have no idea what they're talking about and they end up leading you astray. It's like someone coming up to you and saying, "Hey, you should totally jump off that cliff! I know it's scary, but it's an amazing experience and you'll never know just how amazing until you try it!" And you listen to him and jump off that cliff to your death, because he sounds so confident he must know what he's talking about!

    Beware these speakers.

  • Paju

    I made it to chapter 6 of the audiobook before I gave up on trying to glean any meaningful or interesting advice from this author. This seems like an endless introduction to the topic with no real substance.

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