Book Summary | The ONE Thing

Preface: Great businesses are built one productive person at a time – The ONE Thing

A Book Summary |  The ONE Thing

The ONE Thing — Gary Keller

Book Summary: Samuel Thomas Davies

The Book in Three Sentences

        1. The ONE Thing is the best approach to getting what you want.
        2. Success is a result of narrowing your concentration to one thing.
        3. Success is built sequentially, one thing at a time.

To achieve an extraordinary result you must choose what matters most and give it all the time it demands. This requires getting extremely out of balance in relation to all other work issues, with only infrequent counterbalancing to address them.

The Focusing Question collapses all possible questions into one: “What’s the ONE Thing I can do such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?”

Anders Ericsson observed that “the single most important difference between {the} amateurs and the three groups of elite performers is that the future elite performers seek out teachers and coaches and engage in supervised training, whereas the amateurs rarely engage in similar types of practice.”

Achieving extraordinary results through time blocking requires three commitments. First, you must adopt the mindset of someone seeking mastery. Second, you must continually seek the very best ways of doing things. And last, you must be willing to be held accountable to doing everything you can to achieve your ONE Thing.

Accountable people achieve results others only dream of.

A Book Summary |  The ONE Thing

How Fiat Money Made Beef More Expensive

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” — Mother Teresa

How Fiat Money Made Beef More Expensive

In 1909, there were 51.1 pounds of beef, 41.2 pounds of pork, and 10.4 pounds of chicken available per capita, for a total of 102.7 pounds of all meats per capita. In 2019 the figures were, respectively, 55.4, 48.8, and 67.0 per capita, for a total of 171.2 pounds of all meats per capita. While meat consumption had gone up, the composition of the diet had changed drastically. If we add the fact that veal and delicious lamb, minor components in 1909 at 5 and 4.4 pounds per capita, respectively, had virtually disappeared from the diet in 2019, the change becomes even more noticeable……….

………….Since investment has flown into the production of grains, pork, and poultry, productivity in these fields has increased more than in beef production, and the supply of these foodstuffs has risen while their prices have fallen relative to the supply and price of beef.

People’s food budgets are generally pretty fixed, meaning that even though incomes rise the extra income goes to the purchase of other consumer goods, not food, a generalization known as Engel’s law. Beef therefore increasingly becomes a luxury, something only regularly consumed by the well-to-do, which working-class and lower middle-class people only enjoy on special occasions. 

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2021 IRS Business Tax Expensing for Auto Mileage

“Remember that happiness is a way of travel, not a destination.”

2021 IRS Business Tax Expensing for Auto Mileage

For tax purposes businesses generally can deduct the entire cost of operating a vehicle when following tax rules guidance. Alternatively, they can use the business standard mileage rate, subject to some exceptions in the tax code. The mileage deduction is calculated by multiplying the standard mileage rate by the number of business miles traveled. Self-employed individuals also may use the standard rate, as can employees whose employers do not reimburse, or only partially reimburse, them for business miles driven.

Many taxpayers use the IRS business standard mileage rate to help simplify their recordkeeping. Using the IRS business standard mileage rate takes the place of deducting almost all of the costs of your auto. The IRS business standard mileage rate takes into account auto costs such as maintenance and repairs, gas and oil, depreciation, insurance, and license and registration fees.

Beginning on January 1, 2021, the IRS standard mileage rates for the use of an auto (also vans, pickups or panel trucks) is:

          • 56 cents per mile for business miles driven, down from 57.5 cents for 2020
          • 16 cents per mile driven for medical or moving purposes, down from 17 cents for 2020
          • 14 cents per mile driven in service of charitable organizations, no change from 2020

Mileage related to unreimbursed business expenses and moving expenses are limited to certain taxpayers as a result of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act for tax years 2018 through 2025:

Business expenses:

              • Unreimbursed business expenses subject to a 2% floor as an itemized deduction have been eliminated.
              • Eligible taxpayers for business mileage expenses:
          • State and local government officials paid on a fee basis, and certain performing artist

The IRS standard mileage rate for business is based on an annual study of the fixed and variable costs of operating an automobile. The IRS rate for medical and moving purposes is based on the variable costs from analysis.

Taxpayers may have the option of calculating the IRS actual costs of using their autos rather than using the IRS standard mileage rates. If instead of using the IRS standard mileage rate you use the IRS actual expense method to calculate your vehicle deduction for qualifying business miles driven, you must maintain very careful records of qualifying expenses. When using this IRS method, it is vital to keep track of the IRS actual costs during the year to calculate your deductible vehicle expenses. One of the most important tools is a mileage logbook. Business with auto fleets must apply actual costs for mileage expenses.

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