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Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work

Smarter, Not Harder: How to Succeed at Work

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The Talent Gap

The Talent Gap

It’s natural to think that people who get better results than us are simply more talented. The problem is that it’s not true.

What seems like a difference in talent often comes down to a difference in focus. Results come when you focus on one thing for an uncommonly long period of time. Focus is what turns good performers into great performers.

That’s not to say talent doesn’t matter. It does. Results follow obsession. When you commit all of your energy in one direction for an uncommonly long period of time, you develop talent. The more you apply that talent, the better your results.

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ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY

“Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.”

ANTOINE DE SAINT-EXUPÉRY

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Choosing What to Focus On

Here’s one method to help you choose what to focus on and how to use your time:

  • Change how you think about your day. Working longer hours zaps you of your time and energy. Almost all consistently successful people make sleep a priority.
  • Write a list of all the goals you have. Writing them down not only frees up your mind from keeping track of them but also gives you a visual representation of just how many things you want to do.
  • Circle your top three goals.
  • Eliminate everything else.

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The Power of Focus

Focus directs your energy toward your goals. The more focused you are, the more energy goes toward what you’re working on. The more energy that goes toward your goals, the better your results.

Eliminating things that you care about is hard. You have to make tradeoffs. If you can’t make those tradeoffs, you’re not going to get far. The cost of not being focused is high.

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