5200 SW Meadows Rd. Ste. 150 Lake Oswego, OR 97035 info@cmasas.org
(503) 226-7374 Student/Parent Login

The Importance of Focus

21 Aug

The Importance of Focus

Posted By: 
Kaitlyn Guay

They asked you, “What do you want to do when you grow up?” You answered, “I’m not sure.” They grimaced and told you to figure it out. But your problem was never a lack of carefully considered options. The problem was narrowing it down from all the things you knew you could do.

Students today are faced with a rapidly evolving and burgeoning job market. The options of what you can do are as seemingly limitless as the sand that slips through your fingers at the shore. So what are your options? You can either grab as many handfuls of sand as you can manage and watch the grains trickle softly through the cracks of your fingers, or you can find a pail and fill it, putting all your sand into one contained bucket.

This singular act is what Richard St. John says differentiates successful people from their less successful-- though just as hard working-- counterparts. Focus.

In his TED-ed talk on the importance of focus, St. John denotes that:

“Successful people, they’re not great at everything. They’re only great at one thing.”

Focusing exclusively on one thing is what breeds success. James Cameron, director of the top two highest grossing films of all time, Titanic and Avatar, tells us: “You’ve got to be super-focused-- like a laser-- to get anything worthwhile done.” Countless other entrepreneurs, artists, and leaders echo this sentiment, including Bill Gates, Stephen King, and Larry Page.

This kind of laser-focus includes both long-term focus, which is knowing your end goal, and short-term concentration, which is a skill we can develop, weeding out distractions to work singularly on the task at hand.

This is hard with today’s distractions. St. John says, “Now with emails, mobile phones, and all the stuff on the web, it’s a wonder we can concentrate for five seconds before something warbles, beeps, vibrates, or plays somebody’s favorite tune. But the trick is to eliminate the distractions when we need to concentrate.”

Did you learn something from today’s post? Share it with someone who could benefit from it too!

*** COMING AUGUST 24TH: Webinar: “Time Management Strategies for the New Year: Less Stress and More Productivity!”

Are you gifted with the opportunity to pursue your dreams and create your own schedule through a self-paced education? You are cordially invited to join our highly anticipated webinar specifically crafted to help students of all ages learn practical tips toward taking control of their time and productivity! Join our own Brittanie Bates and Dr. Julie Radachy and learn the skills that will help you take charge of your life. Through this Webinar, you can expect to learn tips for managing time and staying motivated in a self-paced environment, 7 habits of highly effective teens, and time-saving tips for Elementary, Middle, and High School students. Join us Thursday August 24th at 4pm PST/ 7pm EST. We can’t wait to see you there!

To Sign Up and Learn More, Click the Link Below!