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A Last Message on CONCENTRATION…

30 December 2010 No Comment


Didn’t think I’d be blogging for the rest of 2010, but I just stumbled onto something powerful and had to share it with you…

young business man writingBut I HAVE NO IDEA WHO WROTE IT – just found this random paper cleaning up the office this morning, read it, and realized that it builds on one of my favorite concepts…concentration. Knowledge this:

————A Last Message on Concentration ————

When Thomas Edison was once asked how he was able to accomplish so much with his time, he said,

“It’s simple: you and I both have 18 hours a day in which to do as we choose. You spend the 18 doing a number of unrelated things; I doing just one, and some of my work is bound to amount to something…”

If you want to be successful in any field, there is one rule to observe: concentrate your efforts. Get one thing in your mind. Learn to ignore all the distractions and temptations along the way. Then, put all the power you have into forward motion…

young african american focused athlete

If you’ve read Ralph Wald Emerson, you’ll know that he wrote two essays that apply to success, one titled “Power” and the other titled “Wealth” The main theme in each is, again, concentration. Emerson said,

“Stop all miscellaneous activities. Do away with distractions, other duties, property cares, chores, errands, diverting talents and flatteries – all are impossible…”

african american woman on laptop focusedElsewhere he quotes Emerson as saying, “The one prudence in life is concentration; the one evil dissipation.”, which is pretty dope, because I never thought of it in that context (almost spiritual). There’s more there too, but with one last jewel…

Whatever you choose to spend your time on, spend it well. Whatever you wish your goals are, make sure they are UNIFIED. Only the specialized become truly successful.”


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