The Simple Truth Behind Growing Rich

Laura interviews Jay Papasan, bestselling co-author of The ONE Thing about how to set priorities and finally stick to them so you get extraordinary results. They cover productivity killers to eliminate, how to easily have more willpower, and a realistic way to achieve work-life balance. You'll learn the ultimate question to ask yourself every day to identify and stay focused on your number one priority that allows you to make huge improvements in your finances and life.

Laura Adams, MBA
3-minute read
Episode #483

The Simple Truth Behind Growing RichJay Papasan is a bestselling author with deep roots in the publishing world. He spent many years at HarperCollins Publishers before joining Keller Williams Realty International. Now he’s the vice president and executive editor at Keller Williams Realty International, the world’s largest real estate company.

The books he’s helped craft have collectively sold over 8 million copies. His most recent work with Gary Keller on bestseller The ONE Thing: The Surprisingly Simple Truth Behind Extraordinary Results has sold over half a million copies worldwide. The book has made more than 250 appearances on national bestseller lists, including #1 on The Wall Street Journal’s hardcover business list.

The majority of outcomes you want will come from the minority of activities that you do. - Jay Papasan

One of my favorite books, it’s packed with real-world actionable advice about how to set priorities and finally stick to them. I’ve recommended The One Thing on several Money Girl Podcasts and thought it would be great to interview Jay about how to get extraordinary results in our financial lives.

In this interview, we cover a lot of ground, including:

  • How to practice “Goal Setting to the Now” 
  • The negative effects hyperbolic discounting has on your financial future 
  • Lies we’ve been taught about willpower, multi-tasking, and work-life balance 
  • Productivity killers you must eliminate to be more effective 
  • How to identify and stay focused on your number one priority every day 
  • The ultimate question to ask yourself to make big improvements in your financial life

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About the Author

Laura Adams, MBA

Laura Adams received an MBA from the University of Florida. She's an award-winning personal finance author, speaker, and consumer advocate who is a frequent, trusted source for the national media. Money-Smart Solopreneur: A Personal Finance System for Freelancers, Entrepreneurs, and Side-Hustlersbook is her newest title. Laura's previous book, Debt-Free Blueprint: How to Get Out of Debt and Build a Financial Life You Love, was an Amazon #1 New Release. Do you have a money question? Call the Money Girl listener line at 302-364-0308. Your question could be featured on the show.