On focus and keeping the main thing the main thing

Working as hard as you can is good, but not as important as one might think. It’s the quality of decisions, the thing we work on, that matters the most. Workin on a thing consistently, yet slowly, is worth 1000x working fast and hard on multiple things. It took me a long time to realize this, and I hope you learn it faster.

The point: Laser-like focus sets apart the average and the extraordinary. The seemingly average (you and me) can take small steps (with focus) in the same direction every day. Keep the main thing the main thing to make something extraordinary.

The Only Hack I Know

Of course life is difficult sometimes. That’s one of the great truths: life is difficult.

Humans are funny though. We aren’t logical, and we don’t follow many paths that are set before us. We determine our own meaning for success, then follow it the best we can. (And that’s different for many people)

The fun part is knocking our own illogical selves sideways for a positive outcome.

The next time life gets difficult, say to yourself “This is easy.”

The magic happens when we expand on that. “This is so easy, I eat problems like this for breakfast!” And keep going. It sounds corny, but it has helped me in the past and I hope it helps you.

“Life is difficult. This is a great truth, one of the greatest truths. It is a great truth because once we truly see this truth, we transcend it. Once we truly know that life is difficult-once we truly understand and accept it-then life is no longer difficult.

M Scott Peck