Talent Is Never Enough

By John Maxwell

I read this book sometime ago and have rediscovered it. I think it's great. Pretty basic... it has helped me dial in my focus and attention. Here are few good take aways, I hope it helps.

The Power of Focus!

Focus can bring tremendous power. Without it, you will often feel drained and unable to accomplish much. With it, you will find that your talents and abilities gain direction and intentionality. And those qualities pay off by producing results.

Here are some facts you need to know about focus.

1. Focus Does Not Come Naturally to Most People!
We live in a culture with almost infinite choices and opportunities, and because of that, most people find themselves pulled in dozens of directions. What’s worse is that people often find themselves expending much of their time and energy on things they don’t really care about.

2. Focus Increases Your Energy
If you desire to achieve something, you first need to know what your target is. That’s true even when it comes to personal development. If you lack focus, you will be all over the place. Attempting everything, like attempting nothing, will suck the life out of you. It will sap you of your energy and new opportunities. And whatever moment you have going for you. In contrast, focus gives you energy.

3. Focus Lifts You
Focus always has an impact. Just by striving to become better than you are, you become elevated even if you don’t accomplish what you desire, and even if others don’t step aside for you. You can’t shoot for the stars and remain unaffected by the effort.

4. Focus Expand your Life
“What you focus on expands” That may seem ironic, but it’s true. Have you noticed that if you consider buying a particular car, you begin seeing them everywhere? Narrowing your view widens your perspective. On the other hand, if you actually try to expand your view, instead of taking more in, it simply wears you out. If you want to expand your capacity then focus.

5. Focus Must Be Intentionally Sustained
People do not naturally remain focused. Just as a light naturally loses it’s focus and gets diffused, so does a person’s attention. It takes a lot of effort, but it pays off significantly.