The One Skill
It’s about learning the skill of letting go, and how that will help you with every problem in your life. From stress to procrastination to habit change to loss and much more.It’s an amazing skill, and the better I get at it, the better I am at life, the happier I am.

The One Skill Details

TitleThe One Skill
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LanguageEnglish
ReleaseApr 30th, 2014
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Self Help, Psychology, Philosophy, Buddhism, Zen, Religion, Personal Development, Productivity, Business, Inspirational

The One Skill Review

  • Jana Jordanova-demircheva
    January 1, 1970
    A book that makes you rethink whether the usual things you normally do are really what is good and makes you happy or just a habit or distraction preventing you from being happy. Easy to read and minimalist in so many aspects :)
  • Sirwan
    January 1, 1970
    A short book that helps you to apply the idea of letting go in your life.
  • Nga Do
    January 1, 1970
    Finished reading it and its time now to re-read and practice. Parts that I like most - When we face some angry colleagues, its their problems not be able to stay calm and behave in a more constructive ways, not our problem, so it is not worth that we fireback by the same behaviour. - Everything is changing by each second , we dont have to stick to that past minute bad version of us, but instead be new us in each passing by second. - And yes, we are seeing people and the outside world via our len Finished reading it and its time now to re-read and practice. Parts that I like most - When we face some angry colleagues, its their problems not be able to stay calm and behave in a more constructive ways, not our problem, so it is not worth that we fireback by the same behaviour. - Everything is changing by each second , we dont have to stick to that past minute bad version of us, but instead be new us in each passing by second. - And yes, we are seeing people and the outside world via our lens of perfection, learn to accept that our perfect standards are not theirs, and its not their duties to follow them to satisfy our yearning for perfection. So that we are not obliged to be perfect aligning others’ expectationsAs always, it is easy said than done. Well, lets try bits by bits.
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  • Sean Goh
    January 1, 1970
    He can let go of the ideal. Life doesn't have to be easy - the hard stuff is how we achieve anything of value. Life doesn't have to be comfortable - in fact, when we get out of our comfort zone, we grow. He doesn't have to know what he's doing - it's when we do things we don't know that we learn new things, new skills, and get better at them.Fears generally stem from ideals, how we expect and wish things to be, and a lack of trust in oneself, and in the present moment.Problems are rooted in fear He can let go of the ideal. Life doesn't have to be easy - the hard stuff is how we achieve anything of value. Life doesn't have to be comfortable - in fact, when we get out of our comfort zone, we grow. He doesn't have to know what he's doing - it's when we do things we don't know that we learn new things, new skills, and get better at them.Fears generally stem from ideals, how we expect and wish things to be, and a lack of trust in oneself, and in the present moment.Problems are rooted in fears, which are rooted in ideals.1. Notice Signals.2. See the Ideal.3. See the Harm4. Let go with Love.5. See reality.Accept impermanence. It is futile to try and keep anything the same.Be a realistic optimist.
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  • Anniek Van der helm
    January 1, 1970
    I'm not sure if it's because I've very recently read two other books from the author (Focus and The little book of contentment) but this book did not satisfy me at all. Sure, there are some good ideas in there, but a) they're not exactly new b)not rocket science and c) why does he keep repeating himself over and over and over again. Even the examples in various chapters are if not identical overlapping each other very much. The book is too simplistic, too repetitive and unoriginal
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Lately, Babuata seem to be taking CBT workbooks and stripping them of exercises, simplifying complex paragraphs into point forms as brief sentences, then infusing Buddhism and Taoism into them. Several of his recent books are like this.Without exercises, the valid statements will merely just go into one ear and out the other. Also, without the traditional CBT format, repeating the same lesson every page gets tiresome. In this one, he preaches the art of letting go.
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  • Erika RS
    January 1, 1970
    A quick read with a good message -- dwelling on the things that makes us unhappy only makes us all unhappy and by letting them go, we can instead focus on the reality that is actually there rather than the one we manufacture. That said, the advice was fairly generic, so the book is unlikely to give you much that is new if, for example, you are a regular reader of Leo's blog.
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  • Patrick
    January 1, 1970
    Such a simple message with such a big impact. It is also amazing how timely the message came to me. Half-way through the book, as I was going through my day, it suddenly struck me that I was battling exactly what he was describing: letting go of a hurtful ideal.I feel I am in a better position than I was before reading the book.
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  • Kelly Deriemaeker
    January 1, 1970
    Ik lees alles graag dat Leo Babauta schrijft, en dit gratis e-bookje is daar geen uitzondering op. Interessant materiaal om over na te denken, over verwachtingen en idealen en hoe die ervoor zorgen dat we vaak gefrustreerd achterblijven.
  • Long Nguyen
    January 1, 1970
    Oversimplify many aspects in life. Some parts are wordy and repetitive. Overall the message is clear: you need to learn to let go.
  • Cornelia
    January 1, 1970
    Potrivit lui Leo Babauta, rădăcina problemelor noastre este incapacitatea de a da drumul anumitor lucruri care ne sunt nocive: stresul, procastinarea, obiceiurile, frustrările, frica, pierderea unei persoane apropiate. Surprinzător, autorul susține că letting go este o abilitate care poate fi practicată în fiecare zi. Puțin sceptică la început, pe măsură ce am continuat să citesc, anumite lucruri mi s-au părut plauzibile. Faptul că fiecare avem un ideal în fiecare domeniu al vieții noastre este Potrivit lui Leo Babauta, rădăcina problemelor noastre este incapacitatea de a da drumul anumitor lucruri care ne sunt nocive: stresul, procastinarea, obiceiurile, frustrările, frica, pierderea unei persoane apropiate. Surprinzător, autorul susține că letting go este o abilitate care poate fi practicată în fiecare zi. Puțin sceptică la început, pe măsură ce am continuat să citesc, anumite lucruri mi s-au părut plauzibile. Faptul că fiecare avem un ideal în fiecare domeniu al vieții noastre este real, dar faptul că acest ideal ne-ar putea afecta negativ m-a pus pe gânduri. M-am regăsit în exemplul lui Nathan care are de scris o lucrare de cercetare, dar în loc să lucreze la aceasta, pierde timpul. Idealul său că viața este ușoară și confortabilă și că va ști ce să facă este fals. Dar ce ar trebui să facă Nathan? Șau ce ar fi trebuit să fac eu acum mai bine de un an? El poate să renunțe la ideal. Viața nu e ușoară, atunci când muncim și luptăm obținem lucruri de valoare. Viața nu trebuie să fie comfortabilă, atunci când părăsim zona noastră de confort, ne dezvoltăm. Acceptarea că lucrurile nu vor fi ușoare și hotărârea de a le face oricum este o soluție ale cărei beneficii pe termen lung vor fi vizibile.Capitol de capitol, Leo Babauta ia diverse domenii ale vieții: procastinare, frică, colaborarea cu oameni dificili, confruntarea cu obiceiuri,cu posesiuni, adaptarea la schimbare și la pierderea unei persoane apropiate și oferă exemple în care ne putem regăsi.
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  • Meredith
    January 1, 1970
    It's fitting that I read The One Skill after finishing The Art of Happiness by Howard Cutler, because this book was everything I wanted that book to be. The One Skill is a quick and refreshing read, with a conversational and enjoyable tone, whereas I found The Art of Happiness to be plodding and dry. While Babauta acknowledges that his idea came from Zen Buddhism, he doesn't hit you over the head with Buddhist philosophy, as The Art of Happiness does. Babauta uses everyday examples to illustrate It's fitting that I read The One Skill after finishing The Art of Happiness by Howard Cutler, because this book was everything I wanted that book to be. The One Skill is a quick and refreshing read, with a conversational and enjoyable tone, whereas I found The Art of Happiness to be plodding and dry. While Babauta acknowledges that his idea came from Zen Buddhism, he doesn't hit you over the head with Buddhist philosophy, as The Art of Happiness does. Babauta uses everyday examples to illustrate his concepts, whereas The Art of Happiness relies mainly on the Dalai Lama's experiences; while we can all hope to emulate the Dalai Lama, he is not very relatable as an average human being.Comparisons aside, I truly appreciated The One Skill. It came along at just the right time in my life, when I am actively working on letting go of stressful situations. Babauta made me realize that I am not stressed by the situation itself, but rather by my ideal, or what I want the situation to be. "Life isn't your fantasy, so dropping the fantasy and appreciating the reality will help you greatly." I am already considering ways in which I can begin applying this book's lessons to my life. I didn't give it five stars only because I felt that the first half, in which Babauta breaks up the act of letting go into five skills, could have easily been combined into one entire practice. After all, the title itself says that letting go is "one skill."
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  • Tditada
    January 1, 1970
    The idea of "Letting go" that the author writes about is really interesting and it applies to a lot of life's problems (stress, procrastination, habits and distractions, loss, relationships). Nonetheless at first the book feels really messy and repetitive, and it's a little bit annoying that without expressing the idea fully, it gives you skills to practice.However it gets better near the end with "Chapter 19: What letting go isn't" and "Chapter 20: Examples of letting go" that are, in my opinio The idea of "Letting go" that the author writes about is really interesting and it applies to a lot of life's problems (stress, procrastination, habits and distractions, loss, relationships). Nonetheless at first the book feels really messy and repetitive, and it's a little bit annoying that without expressing the idea fully, it gives you skills to practice.However it gets better near the end with "Chapter 19: What letting go isn't" and "Chapter 20: Examples of letting go" that are, in my opinion, the key to understand the book. Letting go isn't being a victim, letting someone else get away with something or giving up. In fact, the idea is to live better lives and improve ourselves but suffering less in the process. In the end, connecting the chapters, skills and examples you get a good look at the letting go skill and how to use it.
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  • Manish Suwal
    January 1, 1970
    This book was provided for free by Leo Babauta as his birthday offering. The book was quick read and all about the art of letting go. How letting go will improve your life and all. I have been dwelling on letting go for sometime now, and I think it's an important skill which every individual should master. I would hold on to everything like it belongs to me and it'll be with me forever. But that only invites pain and misery in the long run. So, the faster you learn the art of letting go, the bet This book was provided for free by Leo Babauta as his birthday offering. The book was quick read and all about the art of letting go. How letting go will improve your life and all. I have been dwelling on letting go for sometime now, and I think it's an important skill which every individual should master. I would hold on to everything like it belongs to me and it'll be with me forever. But that only invites pain and misery in the long run. So, the faster you learn the art of letting go, the better you'll be in the long run. Letting go is not only about tangible or physical stuff, it's also about intangible things like emotions, feelings and mentality. It's a quick read which you can read in one sitting and start practicing the art of letting go.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot speak highly enough of Leo Babauta, his books, and his blog ZenHabits.A combination of both mindful and minimal practices, Leo's work is both practical and philosophical, and has helped me tremendously with letting go of expectations, appreciating the now, and calming my anxiety.This short book is the essence of his approach: be aware and go from there. A great and free ebook available from his website.
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  • Cydney
    January 1, 1970
    The ideas compiled in the book are simple yet concise and precise. I read the interpreted version and its wording (the translated one) is, to be honest, not really good. Indeed, it took me so long to finish it because of this reason. But I decided to rate the read 4 stars for its simplicity. I'll definitely recommend you to read the original book, which I'll have to do in the future - reread this.
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  • Danielius (Debesyla)
    January 1, 1970
    [English review at the end.]Trumpa, abstraktu ir šiek tiek... Hm. Eh. Heh. Ne. Turbūt jei norėčiau daugiau sužinoti apie Paleidimo (letting go) filosofiją, tai klausyčiau kokio Tado Rakausko ar Liudo Vasiliausko iš Lietuvos. Ši knygelė susiskaitė kaip koks lankstinukas.- - -Short, abstract and doesn't have any punching power. But probabbly - what else should I have expected from free ebook? Typical Leo Babauto book.
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  • Jeroen
    January 1, 1970
    Grappig in zijn eenvoud. Gelezen in half uurtje. Vind eerste helft een beetje té vanzelfsprekend, maar "tweede helft" (de eigenlijke methode in 5 punten + oefeningen) leek me een ideale manier om mijn dochter over een aantal dingen te proberen helpen. We zien wel of het werkt. Altijd al een beetje een stiekeme boeddhist geweest in het diepst van mijn gedachten.(en voor die prijs (gratis) kan je natuurlijk niet klagen).
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  • Jakub
    January 1, 1970
    Its not what I did expected. Nothing new, mostly basics and book is trying to make a skill of something that IMO is not. When I hit practicing chapter I had enough, but there are some good examples, and for some people it may be worth reading, just to show them, that this is what they are doing but here "is the name and skill, so achievement unlocked"
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  • Caryn
    January 1, 1970
    As a gift to all his blog readers Leo released this book free of charge. I had just read a book about being in the now and was happy for some reinforcement reading. It's a quick read and you don't realize it's going to unveil a new method for dealing our mind, how it makes us unhappy when we hold on to ideals how how to let go of that. worth it.
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  • Pooja Babu
    January 1, 1970
    A short and sweet book that gives tips to let go of stress, frustration, anger, deal with procrastination and cope up with the things that won't work the way we suppose them to be. It deserves a quick read as it can be finished in an hour or so.
  • Pamela
    January 1, 1970
    I guess I need to let go of this book. That's what I learned from reading. I love Leo Babauta's work, but this did not resonate with me. I found it dry and lacking any connection with my life. Just not for me.
  • Mnasek | منآسك *
    January 1, 1970
    Fears generally stem from ideals, how we expect and wish things to be, and a lack of trust in oneself, and in the present moment. Problems are rooted in fears, which are rooted in ideals.A short book that helps apply the idea of letting go in our life.
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  • Robin
    January 1, 1970
    Short and practical (!) read on the art of letting go.Good to start with this –but then the challenge is to actually DO something. No book will ever change your life, only your –subsequent?– actions will.
  • Sam Valladolid
    January 1, 1970
    3.6/5Un libro muy corto que cumple lo que promete pero es una lastima que el autor abuse al dar los mismos consejos una y otra vez hasta el cansancio. A su favor, puedo decir que es perfecto para todos aquellos que aspiran en tener un estilo de vida minimalista.
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  • Rebekka Steg
    January 1, 1970
    Leo Babauta has this wonderful habit of giving gifts every year on his birthday, The One Skill was his birthday present last year. I highly recommend downloading it! It's a beautiful primer on happiness, minimalism and how to let go of what is non-essential in life.
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  • Marina
    January 1, 1970
    some good advice, some advice which cannot be applied in reality. well, my reality. but thanks anyway Leo.
  • Bálint
    January 1, 1970
    Great, concise booka bout letting things go. It is different from other Babauta books in a good sense. I liked it, took notes and probably will reread it down the line.
  • Serenity Bohon
    January 1, 1970
    Excellent advice, as always, from this author. Brief, easy read.
  • Andreina Garban
    January 1, 1970
    Nice short book. Although Mr. Babauta's style is not precisely my favorite. Worth reading though.
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