At the end of his TED Talk, Bryan Stevenson summarises his talk as follows:
“I have come to TED because I believe that many of you understand that the moral arc of the universe is long, but it bends toward justice. That we cannot be full evolved human beings until we care about human rights and basic dignity. That all of our survival is tied to the survival of everyone. That our visions of technology and design and entertainment and creativity have to be married with visions of humanity, compassion and justice. And more than anything, for those of you who share that, I have simply come to tell you to keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.”
Keeping your eyes on the prize has proven to be the most difficult thing for humans. Focusing on one project at a time, on one partner for life, and on one path for a long period remains a challenge. People get bored, they think they can handle, more, then they multitask. They multitask because they are bored.
The sad reality is that the more take on your plate, the balls you throw in the air, the less attention you will have for your initials goals because you have to divide your time, focus and attention on multiple things at the same time.
When your focus is divided, it is not easy to spot valuable things.
When your focus is divided, you are unable to see the true value of certain things in front of you, you are not likely to appreciate certain things as your should.
The number one reason to focus is that you will care more about the things that are not working yet, you will push through the difficult period, you will expend effort and expose yourself to fear.
When you have a lot of balls in the air, it is easy to just ignore the ones that make you uncomfortable or that might fall.
Henry Ford defines obstacles as those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.
Success comes from doing the hard part. When the hard part is all you have got, you are more likely to do it.
And this is precisely why it is difficult to focus. Because focusing means acknowledging that you just signed up for the hard part.
Deciding what not to do is as important as deciding what to do.
If you try to be everything to everybody, you end up becoming nothing to nobody.
I don’t wish to be everything to everyone, but I would like to be something to someone. Let your business be something to certain people. There are many things that will catch your eyes, but only a few things will catch your heart.
The fact that you can multitask many things at the same time does not mean you should.
Just because you can does not mean you should.
Certain things (or people) often are disguised as opportunities only to later find that they are actually distractions. Don’t be sidetracked by people who are not on track.
Life is like a camera, focus on what is important & you will capture it perfectly.
Keep your eyes on the prize, hold on.
Ps: The best advice I have received from my mentor was to try not to ride two horses at the same time! You will fall!…. and definitely don’t multitask love.