BEST FOCUS QUOTES

 

In a world deluged by irrelevant information, clarity is power. Yuval Noah Harari

 

Success demands singleness of purpose. Vince Lombardi

 

Focus does not mean saying yes, it means saying no. Steve Jobs

 

Only through focus can you do world-class things, no matter how capable you are. Bill Gates

 

It is those who concentrate on but one thing at a time who advance in this world. Og Mandino

 

Effectiveness begins with elimination. Choose your ignorances as carefully as your interests. The Stoic Emperor

 

Too much sugar leads to a heavy body, and too many distractions lead to a heavy mind. Naval Ravikant

 

The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus. Bruce Lee

 

Knowing what to leave out is just as important as knowing what to focus on. Warren Buffett

 

I’ll live the focused life, because it’s the best kind there is. Winifred Gallagher

 

It’s not the daily increase but daily decrease. Hack away at the unessential. Bruce Lee

 

Focus is more important than genius. Greg McKeown

 

The difference between successful people and very successful people is that very successful people say ‘no’ to almost everything. Warren Buffett

 

Take up one idea. Make that one idea your life – think of it; dream of it; live on that idea. Let the brain, muscles, nerves, every part of your body, be full of that idea; and leave every other idea alone. This is the way to success. Swami Vivekananda

 

I think the ability is to singularly focus is related to the ability to lose yourself and be present, happy, and actually, ironically, more effective. Naval Ravikant

 

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Humans are not designed to have the entire world’s news thrown at them all the time. Naval Ravikant

 

To produce at your peak level you need to work for extended periods with full concentration on a single task free from distraction. Cal Newport (Deep Work)

 

If I had an hour to solve a problem, I’d spend 55 minutes thinking about the problem and 5 minutes thinking about solutions. Albert Einstein

 

Where you are headed is more important than how fast you are going. Rather than always focusing on what’s urgent, learn to focus on what is really important. Stephen R. Covey

 

You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks. Winston Churchill

 

Our life always expresses the result of our dominant thoughts. Søren Kierkegaard

 

These three things leads to positive non-linear results: clarity, focus, and time. Simple but not easy. Shane Parrish

 

Saying no is more important than saying yes. Shane Parrish

 

Self-actualizing people – highly functioning people who live at extraordinary levels of awareness – train their minds to focus on what they intend to create and what they intend to manifest, and they won’t let anybody change their mind. Wayne Dyer

 

The only reason men fail is because of broken focus. Mike Murdock

 

Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment. Buddha

 

The modern impediment to learning is attention, not access. The Stoic Emperor

It is good to have a goal, but bad to let your goal have you. Focus is good, but focus that is too narrow becomes blindness. The Stoic Emperor

 

Multitasking is the sign of a stressed and diseased mind simultaneously doing many things poorly. Quality work and quality thinking require quiet focus. Thibaut

 

Most of what we say and do is not essential. If you can eliminate it, you’ll have more time, and more tranquillity. Ask yourself at every moment, “Is this necessary?” Marcus Aurelius

 

If you don’t pay appropriate attention to what has your attention, it will take more of your attention than it deserves. David Allen

 

Develop the habit of letting small bad things happen. If you don’t, you’ll never find time for the life-changing big things. Tim Ferriss

 

Those who focus best are relatively immune to emotional turbulence. Daniel Goleman (Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence)

 

Besides the noble art of getting things done, there is the noble art of leaving things undone. The wisdom of life consists in the elimination of non-essentials. Lin Yutang

 

FAMOUS FOCUS QUOTES

 

Where focus goes, energy flows. Tony Robbins

 

Always remember, your focus determines your reality. George Lucas (Star Wars)

 

I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. Dalai Lama

 

If there are nine rabbits on the ground and you want to catch one, just focus on one. Jack Ma (Alibaba)

 

Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus. Alexander Graham Bell

 

It is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light. Aristotle

 

Concentration is the secret of strength in politics, in war, in trade, in short in all management of human affairs. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

You have power over your mind – not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength. Marcus Aurelius

 

My success, part of it certainly, is that I have focused in on a few things. Bill Gates (Microsoft)

 

I don’t focus on what I’m up against. I focus on my goals and I try to ignore the rest. Venus Williams

 

Success at anything will always come down to this: focus and effort. And we control both. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock)

 

I learned that focus is key. Not just in your running a company, but in your personal life as well. Tim Cook (Apple)

 

The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes. Sherlock Holmes

 

People think focus means saying yes to the thing you’ve got to focus on. But that’s not what it means at all. It means saying no to the hundred other good ideas that there are. You have to pick carefully. Steve Jobs

 

I succeeded because I have a long attention span. Charlie Munger

 

Perfection is achieved, not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

Concentration comes out of a combination of confidence and hunger. Arnold Palmer

 

The first requisite of success is the ability to apply your physical and mental energies to one problem without growing weary. Thomas A. Edison

 

Focus like a laser, not a flashlight. Michael Jordan

 

Channel your energy. Focus. Carl Lewis

 

The main thing is to keep the main thing a main thing. Stephen R.Covey

 

SHORT FOCUS QUOTES

 

We expand what we focus on. Wayne Dyer

 

Life consists in what a man is thinking of all day. Ralph Waldo Emerson

 

Flow follows focus. Steven Kotler

 

FOCUS – Follow One Course Until Successful. Robert T. Kiyosaki

 

High-Quality Work Produced = (Time Spent) x (Intensity of Focus). Cal Newport (Deep Work)

 

Drama is distraction. The Stoic Emperor

 

Re-focus. What’s vital? Thibaut

 

Only the paranoid survive. Andy Grove

 

Multitasking is a lie. Gary Keller

 

When life gets blurry, adjust your focus. Unknown

 

Starve your distractions, feed your focus. Unknown

 

For the future, the motto is, “No days unalert”. Robert Greene

 

You get more of whatever you give attention to. Shane Parrish

 

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Take a deep breath and focus on what’s really important. Wayne Dyer

 

Focus on your strengths, not your weaknesses. Gary Vaynerchuk

 

Being busy is cheap, focus is expensive. Brian Norgard

 

Focus is a matter of deciding what things you’re not going to do. John Carmack

 

Focus on what you have. Suze Orman

 

Do whatever you do intensely. Robert Henri

 

Your future is created by what you do today, not tomorrow. Robert T. Kiyosaki

 

INSPIRATIONAL FOCUS QUOTES

 

Goals may give focus, but dreams give power. John C. Maxwell

 

Set your target and keep trying until you reach it. Napoleon Hill

 

Don’t make excuses for why you can’t get it done. Focus on all the reasons why you must make it happen. Ralph Marston

 

Never give up, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn. Harriet Beecher Stow

 

Don’t worry about what you can’t control. Our focus and energy needs to be on the things we can control. Attitude, effort, focus – these are the things we can control. Tim Tebow

 

Your current thoughts are creating your future life. What you think about the most or focus on the most will appear as your life. Rhonda Byrne

 

Everyone has the same amount of time, and hard work is simply hard work. As a result, what you do in the time you work determines what you achieve. And since what you do is determined by what you think, how big you think becomes the launching pad for how high you achieve. Gary Keller

 

An hour of focused attention may be worth more than days of partial attention. This is true for work and for relationships. Chronic “multitasking” is a symptom of messy decision making. Don’t try to do everything at once. Do one thing well, then do another. The Stoic Emperor

 

Directed attention results in precise and effective action. Divided attention results in clumsy and inconsistent action. The Stoic Emperor

 

How do some achieve what many desire? They seek the best teachers. They sacrifice. They delay gratification. They see the world as it is, not as they wish it to be. They revise their theories. They resist distraction. They watch the right metrics. They avoid costly drama. The Stoic Emperor

 

Turn off the news. Delay the unessential. Reduce your appointments. Slow down. Break tasks into small portions. Seek help. Focus on little pleasures. Count your blessings. Sleep. Drink more water. Take a walk. Breathe deeply. Sit quietly and let every muscle relax. Thibaut

 

In general, obstacles force your mind to focus and find ways around them. They heighten your mental powers and should be welcomed. Robert Greene

 

Focus on your greater goal, your destiny. Robert Greene

 

Arise, awake, and stop not until the goal is achieved. Swami Vivekananda

 

The past is gone, never to come back. Whatever you did or could not do is history; you cannot go back in time to do or undo it. Brooding on the past is futile, so is being anxious about future. Focus on what you can do in the present because the present is creating your future. The Ancient Sage

 

You either waste your time and energy multitasking , or you can focus all your resources on a single task and win big. But before you commit to that single task you must choose it with care otherwise it too will be a waste. Focus is power. Harness it and you can move mountains. The Ancient Sage

 

You can accomplish anything if you can: 1) prioritize ruthlessly 2) control your attention. Both of these have become particularly hard in the present age. As such those who can control these two critical factors will rule the world. The Ancient Sage

 

That’s been one of my mantras – focus and simplicity. Simple can be harder than complex: You have to work hard to get your thinking clean to make it simple. But it’s worth it in the end because once you get there, you can move mountains. Steve Jobs

 

Our focus is our future. David DeNotaris

 

To leave the distracted masses to join the focused few, I’m arguing, is a transformative experience. Cal Newport

 

Human beings, it seems, are at their best when immersed deeply in something challenging. Cal Newport

 

The best moments usually occur when a person’s body or mind is stretched to its limits in a voluntary effort to accomplish something difficult and worthwhile. Optimal experience is thus something that we make happen. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

 

All great achievements are the result of sustained focus over time – all of them. Gary Keller

 

Focus more on your desire than on your doubt, and the dream will take care of itself. Mark Twain

 

FUNNY FOCUS QUOTES

 

If you chase two rabbits, both will escape. Russian proverb

 

Nothing interferes with my concentration. You could put on an orgy in my office and I wouldn’t look up. Well, maybe once. Isaac Asimov

 

Be like a postage stamp. Stick to one thing until you get there. Josh Billings

 

Sometimes success is 3% brains and 97% not getting distracted by the Internet. Shane Parrish

 

Teens think listening to music helps them concentrate. It doesn’t. It relieves them of the boredom that concentration on homework induces. Marilyn vos Savant

 

Multitasking is merely the opportunity to screw up more than one thing at a time. Steve Uzzell

 

Don’t watch the clock; Do what it does. Keep going. Sam Levenson

 

DEEP FOCUS QUOTES

 

It is not enough to be busy. So are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? Henry David Thoreau

 

Keep the focus of your life in the here and now. Caroline Myss

 

Games are won by players who focus on the playing field – not by those whose eyes are glued to the scoreboard. Warren Buffett

 

What you focus on with your thought and feeling is what you attract into your experience. Rhonda Byrne

 

Most people think that intelligence is about brain, where really it’s about focus. Genius is just attention to a subject until it becomes specific. Esther Hicks

 

If you don’t take the time to focus on what matters, then you’re living a life of someone else’s design. Tony Robbins

 

If we focus on what’s ugly, we attract more ugliness into our thoughts, and then into our emotions, and ultimately into our lives. Wayne Dyer

 

Your mind isn’t unfocused. It’s just focused on something that another part of your mind want’s it to be focused on. This creates self-conflict. Naval Ravikant

 

This may be the last generation that has a powerful tool like the Internet, and the focused attention span to do deep work. Naval Ravikant

 

The news allows you to dedicate massive amounts of energy and attention to things you probably cannot impact while the things you can impact go unaddressed. The Stoic Emperor

 

Reaction is the enemy of creation. Creation requires deep sustained focus. This focus is under constant attack by “notifications” that encourage you to respond to unending false emergencies. Protect your attention and direct it to where it is most valuable. The Stoic Emperor

 

Your attention has real economic value. How much of that value are you capturing? How much is being captured by Facebook, or Netflix, or CNN? Your attention has value to others. It should be priceless to you. Don’t give it away carelessly. The Stoic Emperor

 

In today’s society, independent thinking is revolutionary activity where the human mind is bombarded with commercial aspirations. Thibaut

 

Be on guard. The road widens, and many of the detours are seductive. David Foster Wallace

 

You: Stares at a blue light emitting screen all day. Never gets sunlight. Sleeps 6 hours a night. Never meditates. Does not pre-allocate your time. Also you: “Why can’t I focus on anything for more than 20 minutes?” Life Math Money

 

In an information-rich world, the wealth of information means a dearth of something else: a scarcity of whatever it is that information consumes. What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it. Herbert A. Simon

 

Bring the mind into sharp focus and make it alert so that it can immediately intuit truth, which is everywhere. The mind must be emancipated from old habits, prejudices, restrictive thought processes and even ordinary thought itself. Bruce Lee (Tao of Jeet Kune Do)

 

Realize deeply that the present moment is all you ever have. Make the Now the primary focus of your life. Eckhart Tolle

 

Observe things as they are and don’t pay attention to other people. Huang Po

 

The greatest challenge is to control oneself. Kazi Shams

 

WISE FOCUS QUOTES

 

Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. Zig Ziglar

 

Focus on the solution, not on the problem. Jim Rohn

 

Stop managing your time. Start managing your focus. Robin Sharma

 

If you try to do too much, you will not achieve anything. Confucius

 

The faster and busier things get, the more we need to build thinking time into our schedule. And the noisier things get, the more we need to build quiet reflection spaces in which we can truly focus. Greg McKeown

 

People who can focus, get things done. People who can prioritize, get the right things done. John Maeda

 

I learned long ago to focus on things you can control and don’t even pay attention to things you don’t. Bryan Cranston

 

At any given time, when you’re walking down the streets, a very small percentage of your brain is focused on the present. The rest is future planning or regretting the past. That’s keeping you from an incredible experience. It’s keeping you from seeing the beauty in everything and for being grateful for where you are. Naval Ravikant

 

Just focus on the one or two really really important things, and everything else, just surrender to it. Naval Ravikant

 

When you slow down, you can focus better. It’s hard to focus if you’re moving to fast. Leo Babauta

 

One must say yes in order to develop. The young can benefit from saying yes to everything. Novel experiences reveal unknown talents and inclinations. Experience also reveals that many “opportunities” are only a chance to trade your time away. One must say no in order to focus. The Stoic Emperor

 

Note when your attention drifts. Note what it drifts to. Identify what you find instinctively captivating. This may be valuable information about what you are capable of focusing deeply on. The Stoic Emperor

 

Focus on what you control. Your habits. Your responses. Your ability to learn. Your ability to think. These are controllable and give you massive tailwinds. Shane Parrish

 

It’s not the chatter of people around us that is the most powerful distractor, but rather the chatter of our own minds. Utter concentration demands these inner voices be stilled. Daniel Goleman (Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence)

 

Make sure every day you do what matters most. When you know what matters most, everything makes sense. When you don’t know what matters most, anything makes sense. Gary Keller

 

It’s not always that we need to do more but rather that we need to focus on less. Nathan W. Morris

 

QUOTES ABOUT STAYING FOCUSED, ATTENTION AND CONCENTRATION

 

The ability to stay focused will be the superpower of the 21st century. Cal Newport

 

To be concentrated means to live fully in the present. Erich Fromm

 

Focus all your attention and energy on the achievement of the objectives you are involved with right now. Denis Waitley

 

The time that leads to mastery is dependent on the intensity of our focus. Robert Greene

 

Attention is the most mispriced asset on the planet. People give it away for nothing online, and tech companies resell it for a fraction of its value. Johnny Uzan

 

Most people focus too much on what’s going to happen next, and not enough on what’s happening now. Marianne Williamson

 

The artists who endure are the ones who stay focused even after they have reached the top of their profession. Simon Cowell

 

Whenever you want to achieve something, keep your eyes open, concentrate and make sure you know exactly what it is you want. No one can hit their target with their eyes closed. Paulo Coelho

 

The things you give your attention to are shaping you, even if you are only reacting against them. They are modulating your mood and filling your head with fantasy scenarios. Pay attention to what you’re paying attention to. Become conscious of your focus and guide it. The Stoic Emperor

 

Modern tech allows us access to so many voices. You have to turn them off sometimes if you want to be able to hear yourself think. The Stoic Emperor

 

It is fruitless to look back and wish you had used your time differently. That kind of narcissism was what wasted so much time in the first place. Learn your lesson. Don’t wallow. Don’t relive the past. Turn your attention to the present. The Stoic Emperor

 

The past is a memory, the future an illusion. Every moment is the only reality and each deserves our full attention. Thibaut

 

If your attention-span is a muscle, meditation is exercise. Eric Barker

 

Learn to maintain your attention span – just as the 99% are losing this ability to social media and on demand entertainment, you should be gaining it. Life Math Money

 

Attention works much like a muscle. Use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows. Daniel Goleman

 

It feels like we’re going through life in a state of “continuous partial attention”. We’re there but not really there. Unaware of where we place our attention. Unconscious about how we live. Shane Parrish

 

The power of concentration is the only key to the treasure-house of knowledge. Swami Vivekananda

 

The field of consciousness is tiny. It accepts only one problem at a time. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

The more you focus, the more that focus becomes a habit. Charles Duhigg

 

You need to be doing fewer things for more effect instead of doing more things with side effects. Gary Keller

 

QUOTES ABOUT FOCUS, CALM AND INNER STILLNESS

 

Keep it simple and focus on what matters. Don’t let yourself be overwhelmed. Confucius

 

In the midst of movement and chaos, keep stillness inside of you. Deepak Chopra

 

When you focus on just one thing at a time, without rushing or procrastinating, you cultivate a sense of timeless awareness that creates feelings of calm and well-being. Deepak Chopra

 

Stop caring what other people think and focus on being the best version of yourself possible. Shane Parrish

 

Don’t dwell on what went wrong. Instead, focus on what to do next. Spend your energies on moving forward, toward finding the answer. Denis Waitley

 

Not everything requires a response. This is truth for many things in life and almost everything in the news. The Stoic Emperor

 

People fear the places the undistracted mind might wander too. Much of what people describe as boredom is in fact a fear of stillness. Distraction lets us fill our minds with other voices so we don’t have to listen to the inner voice that whispers truths we fear to confront. The Stoic Emperor

 

Most people seek a crowd to escape from themselves. Very few crave solitariness so that they may find a permanent dwelling and live in peace. When you find yourself, you have arrived home. Now nothing can tempt you away. Now even when you are in a crowd, you will not be lost. The Ancient Sage

 

Restore your attention or bring it to a new level by dramatically slowing down whatever you’re doing. Sharon Salzberg

 

You have a very powerful mind that can make anything happen as long as you keep yourself centered. Wayne Dyer

 

FOCUS QUOTES ABOUT CLARITY, HAVING A CLEAR MIND AND VISION

 

Know what you want. Clarity is power. And vague goals promote vague results. Robin Sharma

 

Clarity about what matters provides clarity about what does not. Cal Newport (Deep Work)

 

Less mental clutter means more mental resources available for deep thinking. Cal Newport (Deep Work)

 

Meditation helps concentration of the mind. Then the mind is free from thoughts and is in the meditated form. Ramana Maharshi

 

The more clarity you achieve, the more you will find that the universe is on your side, supporting your thoughts and intentions. Therefore, focus on clarity, not on getting results. The results will come according to their own rhythm and timing. Deepak Chopra

 

Short-term thinking makes people desperate, ungenerous, impulsive. Long-term thinking makes people calm, gracious, controlled. The mighty pyramids and cathedrals were built by civilizations with a long time horizon, so it is with the life of a great man. The Stoic Emperor

 

A valuable long term mission can easily be derailed by emotionally loaded (but ultimately meaningless) short term drama. Focus on what matters. The Stoic Emperor

 

Time spent undistracted and alone, in self-examination, journaling, meditation, resolves the unresolved and takes us from mentally fat to fit. Naval Ravikant

 

The more your mind is occupied by involuntary thoughts, the less working memory is available, which means less cognitive processing power. For your cognitive machinery to work at its optimal capacity, you must clear it of unwanted data, and free up more mental space. The Ancient Sage

 

Once you have clarity that something does not deserve your time and attention, be ruthless. Bharat Shah

 

It’s very important that we re-learn the art of resting and relaxing. Not only does it help prevent the onset of many illnesses that develop through chronic tension and worrying; it allows us to clear our minds, focus, and find creative solutions to problems. Thich Nhat Hanh

 

Clarity of mind means clarity of passion, too; this is why a great and clear mind loves ardently and sees distinctly what he loves. Blaise Pascal

 

Prioritizing sharpens your vision so you can focus on the most important things. Myles Munroe

 

A clear vision, backed by definite plans, gives you a tremendous feeling of confidence and personal power. Brian Tracy

 

You must first clearly see a thing in your mind before you can do it. Alex Morrison

 

Clarity affords focus. Thomas Leonard

 

FOCUS QUOTES ABOUT WORK, PRODUCTIVITY AND CREATIVITY

 

Focus on being productive instead of busy. Tim Ferriss

 

When you work, work. When you play, play. Don’t mix the two. Jim Rohn

 

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur? It takes willingness to learn, to be able to focus, to absorb information, and to always realize that business is a 24/7 job where someone is always out there to kick your ass. Mark Cuban

 

Focus on important over urgent. Naval Ravikant

 

Time spent mastering the basics is time well spent. The Stoic Emperor

 

Increasingly, only the obsessed can resist the siren song of low-level distraction and “entertainment” that they’re inundated with. Obsessive interest makes deep attention not just possible, but impossible to turn off. That has downsides, but produces stunning productivity. The Stoic Emperor

 

Be more productive this week: 1. Stay smart. Regular 5 minute break to re-focus. 2. You can’t do everything. Do what is highest pay-off. 3. Batch process similar activities. 4. Keep meetings short with minimum number of participants. 5. Go home at a decent time and forget work. Thibaut

 

Instead of asking how many tasks you can tackle given your working hours, ask how many you can ditch given what you must do to excel. Morten Hansen (Great at Work)

 

A major stimulant to creative thinking is focused questions. There is something about a well-worded question that often penetrates to the heart of the matter and triggers new ideas and insights. Brian Tracy

 

Intense concentration sparks all kinds of ideas. Robert Greene

 

If it is time to rest, rest completely. A good rest rejuvenates you so that you may do quality work. If it is time to work, work with complete focus. Time spent working earnestly earns you a well deserved rest. Don’t mix work and rest; this compromises the quality of both. The Ancient Sage

 

To the extent possible, ruthlessly shave away the unnecessary tasks, priorities, meetings, and BS. Put all your effort into the projects that really matter. Shane Parrish

 

Focus on tiny gains, not exponential ones. Tiny gains over time compound over time. Focusing on day one exponential leaps is a recipe for disaster. Shane Parrish (On habits)

 

Your goal is to find a few intelligent things to do, not do every damn thing that comes across your desk. Shane Parrish

 

Time is limited. If you are to learn focus on what 1) is narrow and specific and gives you and edge; and 2) what does not change with time. Shane Parrish

 

Focus on doing the right things instead of a bunch of things. Mike Krieger

 

If you don’t produce, you won’t thrive — no matter how skilled or talented you are. Cal Newport (Deep Work)

 

Two core abilities for thriving in the new economy 1. The ability to quickly master hard things. 2. The ability to produce at an elite level, in terms of both quality and speed. Cal Newport (Deep Work)

 

Great creative minds think like artists but work like accountants. David Brooks

 

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The ability to concentrate and to use time well is everything. Lee Iacocca

 

Extraordinary results are directly determined by how narrow you can make your focus. Gary Keller

 

Your work life is divided into two distinct areas – what matters most and everything else. You will have to take what matters to the extremes and be okay with what happens to the rest. Professional success requires it. Gary Keller

 

Do less. Cut back on your projects, on your task list, on how much you try to do each day. Focus not on quantity but quality. Pick 2-3 important things — or even just one important thing — and work on those first. Save smaller, routine tasks for later in the day, but give yourself time to focus. Leo Babauta

 

Focus on fewer but higher-impact tasks. Leo Babauta

 

FOCUS QUOTES ABOUT LEADERSHIP AND BUSINESS

 

Do first things first – and second things not at all. Peter F. Drucker

 

The essence of strategy is choosing what not to do. Michael Porter

 

Without focusing and getting to clarity you cannot lead. You cannot motivate. You cannot plan. You cannot communicate. Bobb Biehl

 

In business, staying focused requires that you turn most opportunities down. Margaret Heffernan

 

Directing attention toward where it needs to go is a primal task of leadership. Daniel Goleman (Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence)

 

When you focus on problems, you get more problems. When you focus on possibilities, you have more opportunities. Zig Ziglar

 

Change your focus from making money to serving more people. Serving people makes the money come in. Robert T. Kiyosaki

 

Rich people focus on what they want, while poor people focus on what they don’t want. T. Harv Eker

 

We believe in saying no to thousands of projects so that we can really focus on the few that are truly important and meaningful to us. Tim Cook (Apple)

 

The art of leadership is saying No, not saying Yes. It is very easy to say Yes. Tony Blair

 

To get exponential returns, forget learning the latest thing. Instead, focus on what lasts. Shane Parrish

 

If you are customer focused, you’re proactive. If you are competitor focused, you’re reactive. Shane Parrish

 

Competition is a distraction. Customer focus beats competitor focus. Naval Ravikant

 

The best companies are those with a laser focus. They do less, but they do it better. Leo Babauta

 

Forget about finding your passion. Instead, focus on finding big problems. Mark Cuban

 

FOCUS QUOTES ABOUT DISCIPLINE, DETERMINATION AND PATIENCE

 

If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you. Fred DeVito

 

Discipline is remembering what you want. David Campbell

 

My only ritual is to just sit down and write, write every day. Augusten Burroughs

 

To simply wait and be bored has become a novel experience in modern life, but from the perspective of concentration training, it’s incredibly valuable. Cal Newport (Deep Work)

 

The less delayed your gratifications, the less long term your mind will orient itself. Michael

 

Effective action begins with the reduction of ineffective action. You can’t do anything if you are trying to do everything. We are limited in energy and attention. The world is chaotic and very complex. Every choice is a sacrifice. Choose consciously. The Stoic Emperor

 

The Internet offers unlimited access to high value information and low value distraction. It is as good as your self-control. Make it serve you. Don’t serve it. The Stoic Emperor

 

The Internet provides access to an education that the aristocracy of old couldn’t have imagined. It also provides the perfect attack vector for marketers to exploit cognitive vulnerabilities and dominate your attention. A world-class education is free for the undistractable. The Stoic Emperor

 

Have a sense of urgency and commitment — what you do you must do well, with all of your energy, not with a mind shooting off in a hundred direction. Robert Greene

 

You cannot have everything in the present. The road to mastery requires patience. You will have to keep your focus on five or ten years down the road, when you will reap the rewards of your efforts. The process of getting there, however, is full of challenges and pleasures. Robert Greene

 

Sleep as much as you need. 7 – 9 hours, every day. Anything less than that and there’s going to be a cognitive cost. Less focus, bad memory, more mistakes. Life Math Money

 

No fine work can be done without concentration and self-sacrifice and toil and doubt. Max Beerbohm

 

Focusing on one thing means putting other things aside. It means not waiting until the last-second to do an important project or read an important paper, using the last-minute crunch to force you to focus. Shane Parrish

 

To accomplish something great you need to focus each and every day. More than that, you need strategies to protect your time and energy. Shane Parrish

 

Along with a strong belief in your own inner voice, you also need laser-like focus combined with unwavering determination. Larry Flynt

 

Always bear in mind that your own resolution to succeed is more important than any other. Abraham Lincoln

 

FOCUS QUOTES ABOUT GOALS AND SUCCESS

 

The first requisite for success is to develop the ability to focus. Thomas A. Edison

 

Concentrate on a single goal, a single task, and beat it into submission. Robert Greene

 

In order to master a field, you must love the subject and feel a profound connection to it. Your interest must transcend the field itself and border on the religious. Robert Greene

 

Efficiency and focus are the keys to success. Robert Crais

 

Review your goals twice every day in order to be focused on achieving them. Les Brown

 

Cut your excuses in half and double your actions around your goals. Robin Sharma

 

Achieve self-mastery over your thoughts, and constantly direct them toward your goals and objectives. Learn to focus your attention on the goals that you want to achieve and on finding ways to achieve those goals. Napoleon Hill

 

One should not pursue goals that are easily achieved. One must develop an instinct for what one can just barely achieve through one’s greatest efforts. Albert Einstein

 

Goal-setting is powerful because it provides focus. It shapes our dreams. It gives us the ability to hone in on the exact actions we need to perform to achieve everything we desire in life. Jim Rohn

 

By thinking about your goals every morning, many times during the day, and every night, you begin moving toward it, and bringing it toward you. Bob Proctor

 

Your real work is to decide what you want and then to focus upon it. For it is through focusing upon what you want that you will attract it. Esther Hicks

 

If you want to reach your goals and dreams, you cannot do it without discipline. Lee Kuan Yew

 

Focus on the day-to-day not the outcome. Outcomes take care of themselves. Shane Parrish

 

If our goal is to create, to produce amazing things, to go for quality over quantity, then rushing is not the most effective way to work. Slowing down and focusing is always more effective. Leo Babauta

 

Discovering what you really want saves you endless confusion and wasted energy. Stuart Wilde

 

For a person to become deeply involved in any activity it is essential that he knows precisely what tasks he must accomplish, moment by moment. Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi

 

People work better when they know what the goal is and why. It is important that people look forward to coming to work in the morning and enjoy working. Elon Musk (Tesla)

 

A goal without a plan is just a wish. Antoine de Saint-Exupery

 

FOCUS QUOTES ABOUT DISTRACTIONS, LACK OF FOCUS AND MULTITASKING

 

Stay focused, ignore the distractions, and you will accomplish your goals much faster. Joel Osteen

 

Distractions are eating away the prime of your life. You probably know this vaguely but don’t realize it deeply enough to take action. The Ancient Sage

 

In ancient times having power meant having access to data. Today having power means knowing what to ignore. Yuval Noah Harari

 

I don’t have a smartphone. My attention is one of the most important resources I have, and the smartphone is constantly trying to grab my attention. There’s always something coming in. Yuval Noah Harari

 

Learn to be indifferent to what makes no difference. Marcus Aurelius

 

One way to boost our will power and focus is to manage our distractions instead of letting them manage us. Daniel Goleman

 

Multitasking divides your attention and leads to confusion and weakened focus. Deepak Chopra

 

Mindfulness creates centered awareness. When you do one thing at a time, you’re guaranteed excellent results. If you do too many things simultaneously, it messes up your neural circuits. Deepak Chopra

 

Once the Internet came along, I think it destroyed everyone’s attention span. Now all of humanity’s works are available to you at any given time and you’re being interrupted constantly. Our attention span goes down, our ability to focus goes down. Naval Ravikant

 

The average American watches over 30 hours of television a week. How many would say they have a project they’d love to do if only they “had the time?” The Stoic Emperor

 

Modern humans overdose on information, pushing the limits of our design constraints. Future humans will adopt filtering mechanisms to avoid drowning in random data. They’ll look back on us with pity. Attention pollution is a huge drain on our collective intellectual resources. The Stoic Emperor

 

We evolved in environments where it made sense to overreact to every threat. A lion in the grass requires an immediate reaction. Strike or be struck. Our threat detection systems are not designed for modern life and are easily exploited by cynical marketers and propagandists. The Stoic Emperor

 

If you are easily provoked you are easily controlled. The Stoic Emperor

 

Social media is very positive and profitable for a narrow set of people at the top of the distribution and is likely a net negative for almost everyone else. Most haven’t developed the skills to use it well. It captures a lot of attention and emotion for generally little reward. The Stoic Emperor

 

Mobile phones should be called distraction machines. Checking your distraction machine first thing in the morning is not the ideal way to start your day. Muneed Ali

 

Entertainment hubs masquerading as productivity devices – the perfect combo. Naval Ravikant (On mobile devices)

 

E-mail isn’t free. It seems free. It feels free. Thibaut

 

Pollution can be smog from a factory or mental filth from mass media generated ideals. Thibaut

 

Public attention is actually a nuisance and a distraction. Robert Greene

 

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Too many people believe that everything must be pleasurable in life, which makes them constantly search for distractions and short-circuits the learning process. Robert Greene

 

What if you stopped listening to news or “current affairs”? Surely for most people it’ll bring a positive change in their life. Instead of the temporary, focus on the timeless which is always relevant. What is current is not necessarily important/relevant. Often it is just noise. The Ancient Sage

 

Deep thinking demands sustaining a focused mind. The more distracted we are, the more shallow our reflections; likewise, the shorter our reflections, the more trivial they are likely to be. Daniel Goleman

 

In life, drama is glamorized and used to usurp our attention. Advantages in life, however, are not based on drama but rather are the byproduct of doing mundane things every day really well without losing focus. Shane Parrish

 

Focus is like a muscle. And if you’re like most people, your focus muscles have gotten weak due to your constant multitasking, web-surfing, and busy-working. Shane Parrish

 

Information diets are “additive through subtraction”, like literal diets. Don’t focus on what you should consume but on what you shouldn’t. Michael

 

If you want to win the war for attention, don’t try to say ‘no’ to the trivial distractions you find on the information smorgasbord; try to say ‘yes’ to the subject that arouses a terrifying longing, and let the terrifying longing crowd out everything else. Cal Newport

 

Once you’re wired for distraction, you crave it. Cal Newport

 

Don’t take breaks from distraction. Instead take breaks from focus. Cal Newport

 

To succeed with deep work you must rewire your brain to be comfortable resisting distracting stimuli. Cal Newport (Deep Work)

 

Keep things simple, focused and effective by single-tasking. Leo Babauta

 

Until my ONE thing is done, everything else is a distraction. Gary Keller

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