Focus Here

“Take time to deliberate, but when the time for action comes, stop thinking and go in.” - Napoleon Bonaparte

This quote ended Gary John Bishop's book How to Unfck Yourself*. As I got off the plane, I found the quote fitting to start my writing.

Writing and revising helps calm my mind. It is meditative in a way. It makes me appreciate that good writing takes time and revisions. In the same way, developing myself and acquiring a strong set of skills will also take time. During that time, I need to work consistently and diligently to practice, tweak, and repeat.

However, occassionally I find it difficult to focus. When I lack focus, I lack dedication. When I lack dedication, I feel guilt that what I’m currently doing is not the most productive task. I constantly get the sense there is something more important I should be prioritizing my time on. And because I lack focus and dedication, everything feels important and nothing is prioritized. At the end of the day, I will feel unaccomplished no matter how much I’ve done that day.

Something I noticed is that when I am given a focus, it is easy for me to stay focused. However, when no focus is given and I have to define my focus it is much easier for me to get distracted. I find more difficulty prioritizing.

I think this may be a component of why entrepreneurship and being your own boss is harder than holding down a job.