What do Serena Williams and Steve Jobs have in common? Vision. A vision that is enveloped in perspective and Focus — the essential elements in attaining success and leaving a legacy.

In and of itself growing up in Compton, CA has its own challenges that have been well documented: Underfunded schools, gang violence and poverty — just to name a few. When you grow up in this environment, playing tennis is a luxury that you cant afford to think of let alone have the expectation that one day you will dominate the sport unlike anyone ever has. People would look at an individual with those beliefs coupled with a less than favorable environment as crazy and delusional. Despite her circumstances and what the odds said, Serena Williams had PERSPECTIVE. A perspective with a spirit of expectation that one day she would not only reach the summit of the sport, but will also redefine what it means to be great.

Steve Jobs said: “People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things I have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.” Because of his focus Jobs impact on society cannot be denied. His innovations have impacted nearly every aspect of computers, movies, music and mobile thus changing how society operates. However the world would have never enjoyed his innovations if he didn’t have FOCUS.

When you go into the future and walk in it, feel it out, live in it and come back to the present it’s called vision. However, having vision requires perspective and focus. The two are required because you have to balance the past (your experiences) the present (who you’ve become) and the future (what you can become) which is an exhaustive task.

As a whole, I view the past as a series of educational moments that may have been marked with peaks and valleys and everything in-between. All of these experiences set the stage for the present, so it is important to learn from the past and never forget it because it is part of the process of becoming what you can become.

The present is important because you get the opportunity to reap the benefits of your experiences and CHOOSE the direction your life is headed. This choice is only valid if you are an active participant in those decisions. You become an active participant in your decisions when you acknowledge the past and enact the lessons learned in the present — both positive and negative. This process gives you “directional correctness” in navigating your future. By directional correctness I mean the ability to be generally aware of where your destination is. This awareness gives you the ability to self-correct when you start veering off course.

After you’ve lived for today and maximized it, what’s next? the FUTURE! The future is important because it is full of everything that can be: your dreams, hopes and aspirations — reasons to keep living!

Live too much in the past and you’ll fail to enjoy the present, live too much in the present and you will lose out on what can be, live too much in the future and you’ll fail to take the necessary actions and progress toward that future.

My vision is: http://bit.ly/250ONRa