This book is all about priority, productivity and purpose. How the key to "Success" is to focus on only ONE thing. It suggests the idea that focusing on too many things at the same time would get you nowhere and lead you to mediocrity. The only way stand out and be successful is to know where you want to go, and stick to that one direction.
In a week's time I finished 2/3 of the book, myself am amazed by how fast I read it! I consider that I read this book at the right moment. I am now in a situation where I have several focuses: studies and ballet. So am I doing the opposite of what I should do? Maybe not, one thing at a time. For instance, during the last three weeks, my ONE thing was this year's promotional contest, the holy "Concours de Promotion" at the Paris Opera Ballet. That was my ONE thing, I had no doubt of it. So I asked my business school for a break that they so kindly accepted. So this Concours Preparation was my only focus for three weeks.
This Concours seemed so tough to me last time that I was a bit scared about it at the beginning. But finally, this year seemed much more enjoyable to me. I told myself, it's all about competing with yourself, not with the others (much easier to say than to actually do). I would not practice like crazy, I would enjoy the the process, respect my body and my physical limits, and work intelligently.
Unlike last year, I prepared everything in advance. Here I tried Automne's costume. "It suits you perfectly!", said the tailor. Once again I thought: "this concours might be mine..."
Last year, I would arrive at 6:45 am at the Opera to book the best studio for practicing. This time I won't! I decided not to get that crazy again and just take whatever I have when I arrive there.
So this year’s Concours experience ended there for me. It was quite an experience. Never mind, I always have my studies to fall back on, and that became my ONE thing now.