Steve Jobs explains the secret to focus:
“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. I’m actually as proud of the things we haven’t done as the things we have done. Innovation is saying no to 1,000 things.”
Source: Worldwide Developers Conference 1997
It often happens that you read something amazing and your anxiety is relieved instantly.
Since the last few hours I was brooding over something that I did not do. And now as I write this short article, I know the reason?
Simply, because I wanted to spend my energy elsewhere.
We always push ourselves, plead guilty for not having done X,Y,Z…. the list is never ending.
What we don’t see is what we did otherwise.
You don’t party, you get to rest. You drop the argument that you just had, you get involved in the task in hand. You don’t access social media, you have surplus time…
Let us stop feeling bad about the trade offs that we make.
Let us acknowledge the strength that you showed in saying a NO.