You Can Master Anything. Stop Trying to Do Everything

Millions of people are leading lives ceaselessly doing something they hate, just to get through life. It doesn’t have to be like that. How you spend your time compounds itself, so you’d best be putting most of it where it matters.

The most accomplished and well known people in history were known for somethin uniqe to them. Einstein pursued the theory of relativity like his whole life depended on it. Relativity is one of the most famous scientific theories of the 20th century. Mozart was incredibly passionate about music. He was the very best for many generations before and after him. Even today, is there a second musician who could match his genius?

Spend most of your time on the right things and the rest takes care of itself. It’s not enough to just ‘work hard’. Hard work is not necesarily a bad thing. But hard work can be a waste of your life when it’s thrown at the wrong things. Decide what is good for you in the long term, and pursue it with all you’ve got.

Focus relentlessly on ONE thing

Focusing on one thing at a time is something can be incredibly difficult. You have to work at it to get better. We are naturally curious, and the temptation ro reach for so many of opportunities is every high, especially when you need financial security.

But it is always a bigger payoff when we stick with something for a while longer giving it our undivided attention, rather than trying doing a lot things things and doing them halfheartedly. Focus on one thing and one thing only. It’s not humanly possible to achieve everything. Don’t consistently attempt to do too much! Your productivity and creativity will suffer in the process.

Spend most of your productive time on the right things whilst you still have time. Don’t wait for permission to pursue something that could potentially change your life. And get comfortable with declining everything by default so stay focused on the single thing that could bring out the best in you.

In the words of Oliver Burkeman, the author of The Antidote: Happiness for People Who Can’t Stand Positive Thinking:

“It’s an understandable error. Faced with multiple job offers, creative possibilities, or just a long to-do list, who wouldn’t seek ways to do them all, rather than having to choose?

But far too often, that promise of more productivity is just a seductive way to avoid facing up to trade-offs — with the result that you fritter your focus, spending time on everything except the work that matters most.”

Be so good they can’t ignore you

Enthusiasm for your work not only improves your well-being, but also, indisputably, increases your performance. When you are the best at what you do and you love it, you don’t struggle to give off your very best.

Among other jobs, George Clooney worked as a door-to-door insurance salesman before he became Hollywood sensation. He even tried out for the Cincinnati Reds in 1977 to become a professional baseball player. George is now doing what he loves best and he is insanely great at it.

Walt Disney was an ambulance driver in France during World War I before he dominated the cartoon and amusement-park empire. He once took a job as a newspaper editor, but was fired for “lacking imagination” and having “no good ideas”.

It can take a while to find and do your most amazing work, but don’t settle. Find the one thing that makes you come alive and go do it. Time is short — and the big surprise is that life and work are both far more thrillingly meaningful once you realize that you don’t have to choose between “doing what you love” and making a good living. You can have both.

Chose your single focus — something that you care about, something that will make a difference to all areas of your life if you were to achieve it…and stick with it.

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