There is a secret ingredient to success.
Albert Einstein describes it this way:
“Only one who devotes himself to a cause with his whole strength and soul can be a true master. For this reason mastery demands all of a person.”
This secret ingredient to success is multifaceted and challenging to put into words.
You could call it “focus”, the ability to concentrate, or having an all-consuming obsession.
Think of this “secret elixir” for success as you look at the concept that “it is better to create one masterpiece than 100 average paintings”. Think about this for a moment. Does it make sense to you?
Another way of articulating this “secret sauce” for success is understanding the axiom:
“One person with a commitment can do more than 1000 people with an interest.”
When you make a real commitment, when you have a magnificent obsession, when you put your whole strength and soul into something, you are focused on a single objection. You are concentrating your efforts on one definite target.
Focus means not diffusing your efforts. There is no dilution of your attention. ALL of your intention, your energy, your vibration and frequencies are HELD on a “point” in time and space, one specific target. All your attention is never pulled away until the “job” is complete, until the mission is accomplished, until you reach your goal.
When you are truly focused, you do not even notice the shiny distractions that come into your view. You are not attracted to, nor are you even aware of new opportunities. You are focused. You are concentrating. You are obsessed with the attainment of your “purpose”, your passion, the thing you love and desire more than life itself: Attaining Your Dream.
Anders Ericsson of Florida State University provided researched evidence that a person has to put in 2.45 hours a day for 10 years before the first sign of genius appear in his performance. This is the MINIMUM amount of time the research showed was required.
Therefore, mega successful people and geniuses put in huge amounts of focused, concentrated effort to attain their goal, consistently, over a long period of time.
This really is where the rubber meets the road. This is the big difference between those who achieve huge success and those who do not.
These “Mega Successful” people and “geniuses” are focused and obsessed with attaining a single “dream”.
Thus the axiom: Do the right things long enough, consistently.
Most people cannot focus, thus they will never attain “mega success”. Most people are easily distracted by digital devices, new potential projects, and “better opportunities”. They have too many irons in the fire. They think that if they throw enough stuff against the wall, something is bound to stick.
You can’t ride 2 horses to the finish line.
Lack of focus is the death of creativity and production.
Lack of focus creates unclear and confused thinking.
Ask people for directions and you will find they are almost always very unclear, because most people’s thinking is unclear.
Most people cannot tell a story in sequence, they are “all over the place”, and have lots of non sequiturs (things that are not in sequence or diversions that have nothing to do with the story).
Lack of focus causes people to become confused, and thus do confusing things.
Lack of focus causes frustration and makes people “stop” doing the things required to attain the goal.
Lack of focus explains the axiom: Most people confuse activity with accomplishment.
Thomas Edison, one of the greatest inventors of all time said it this way:
“You do something all day long, don’t you? Everyone does. If you get up at 7am and go to bed at 11pm, you have put in 16 good hours. It is certain with most men that they have been doing something all that time. The truth is that they spend their time about a great many things, and I spend all my time focused on one thing. If they took the time in question and applied it in one direction, to one objective, they would succeed.”
Ladies and gentlemen, that says it all. READ EDISON’S WORDS AGAIN, and AGAIN, and AGAIN.
Spend 16 hours a day working on ONE THING. NO distractions. No interruptions. Full concentration. Obsession. Total FOCUS.
Who does this?
Edison did. Ford did. Carnegie did. Steven Jobs did. I do. Others I know do. Most however do not.
There my friends, is the difference. Think about this.
Being able to concentrate on ONE thing for a long period of time is a trait of ALL successful people in every field of endeavor.
As Edison said, most people DO keep busy, but they are not focused on ONE objective, they have disbursed their attention and their energy.
Again remember the axiom: Most people confuse activity with accomplishment.
You can learn how to focus like “masters”. You have the potential. You can do it. Simply find someone who does focus, and learn from them the “how”. It takes some consistent practice.
If you simply cannot focus like this or choose not to, then attach yourself to someone who can. Work for someone who can. Be part of a team where the “Leader” is someone who can.
Apply this secret, even just a little bit more than you do now, and you will see magnificent results.