The only way to ever get anything done, and done well, is to have ruthless focus.
That’s the truth. If you disagree, you’re wrong.
I’ll use Leonardo da Vinci as an example. The man was a genius, sure, but he seemed too scattershot in his doings to really make that much of a lasting impact in any one field. He’s know for doing a lot of things really well, but he didn’t paint and sculpt like Michelangelo or compose like Beethoven.
Speaking of Beethoven, the man lived music. That’s all he did. Even when deaf, he still composed. Talk about obsession.
It’s not just the arts. Look at what Arnold Schwarzenegger did with his body. Look at what Henry Ford did regarding automobiles. Look at what Bruce Lee did with marital arts.
The problem as I see it is this: We live in a society that discourages the pursuit of excellence by turning leisure for leisure’s sake into a worthy goal in and of itself.
There’s nothing inherently wrong with enjoying a movie or a drink or a trip to Vegas or video games of whatever. I argue that there is something wrong with filling every angstrom of free time with entertainment.
There’s not much culture other than pop culture, true. And it’s good to get out of reality from time to time. But it’s more worthy to create something, even if nobody else will see it.
Keeping minds active and inspired is one of the greatest things one human being can accomplish for another.
How do you get this focus? You need to be jealous with your time. Set limits. Wake up at the crack of dawn if you must. Sacrificing for what you want is a sure sign that you actually want it.
And yet there are so many demands on time. Work, for example. Spouses. Children. Friends. Sleep. These things are worthy as well. But it is not wrong to say they can derail focus, especially if you are trying to, say, get fit.
There’s also the belief, maybe unique to America, maybe not, that if an activity is not making money, then it’s somehow a waste of time.
And yet, many who think this don’t see vegging out in front of the TV in a similar light.
I’m not here to discuss human hypocrisy. I’m here to tell you that, yes, your obsessions to create are worthy, and many things will conspire to hold you back. Don’t give up.