Watch the pros

Morning air! If men will not drink of this at the fountain-head of the day, why, then, we must even bottle up some and sell it in the shops, for the benefit of those who have lost their subscription ticket to morning time in this world. HENRY DAVID THOREAU

IN THIS CHAPTER WE’LL LOOK at the lessons we can learn about focusing from the world of business, the world of sport, and influential thinkers past and present.

The distractions we battle against today – email, the Internet, social media and smartphones – are a particularly modern curse.

But distraction itself is nothing new.1

A BlackBerry or an iPhone would certainly look quite out of place in the 1800s, the time of Henry David Thoreau.

But that doesn’t mean that ...

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