CHAPTER 15

FOCUS:ACTIVITY DOES NOT EQUAL ACCOMPLISHMENT

It’s not enough to be busy; so are the ants.

—HENRY DAVID THOREAU

A big indicator of success is the ability to control impulses, resist distraction, and stay focused on the task at hand. Most people waste the majority of the day because they are unable to focus and concentrate. Influencing others is difficult if you cannot stay focused or are unable to work on the current task. If you are scatterbrained, you will come across as disorganized, and your communications will appear disjointed. Successful people do not start their day until they have created it on paper: what they will be doing, what they want to accomplish, and where the priorities lie. Preparation and goal setting are always ...

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