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Jul 04, 2019 16:29:25

On Focus

by @basilesamel PATRON | 272 words | 381🔥 | 429💌

Basile Samel

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Action movies are one of my guilty pleasures. The John Wick film series is a notable example. I like Keanu Reeves, and I like the fight choregraphy. The plot is not deep, but it's entertaining. Who doesn't like a stylized vendetta? 

The character of John Wick gave me food for thought in one aspect: he is the best at what he does - killing people. The reason why he is so good is simply stated by the main antagonist of the first movie: "John is a man of focus, commitment, sheer will... something you know very little about."

Focus is a superpower that will make you the best at what you do. It's an interesting statement.

Focus has always been my secret sauce. I am not particularly talented, but I can focus on something for as long as I want. It's an important meta-skill to develop  memorization or consistency for example. 

My parents always told me throughout my childhood I had the ability to "enter my own bubble" while doing my homework. I just used to get in the flow more easily than my comrades.

I kinda lost this ability after entering college - too much friends and partying - but after reading Deep Work by Cal Newport I started working on my attention. Focus is a skill, so it can be trained.

Being obsessed is a quality most successful entrepreneurs share. It's good, as long as it doesn't create a lack of peripheral vision.

Being focused must be balanced by time for reflection, time to see the global picture. Part of developing your inner focus lens is an ability to zoom in and out.



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    @basilesamel That's probably the reason why I heard focus is key from so many people. But I like the word Flow more. I think you need to focus to get into flow-mode. As you've written, some people can easier get into a focused / flow state, others need to train more.
    I think I should work on my focus muscles :)

    Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jul 04, 2019 17:02:38
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      @phaidenbauer let's improve together then! :) writing daily is part of the training!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 05, 2019 07:08:08
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      @phaidenbauer let's improve together then! :) writing daily is part of the training!

      Basile Samel avatar Basile Samel | Jul 05, 2019 07:08:08
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      @basilesamel It surely is :)

      Philipp Haidenbauer avatar Philipp Haidenbauer | Jul 05, 2019 07:25:32
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