Best 103 Quotes & Tweets on Attention

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1

Self-awareness is the most attractive trait.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

2

Be “selectively ignorant.” Ignore topics that drain your attention. Unfollow people that drain your energy. Abandon projects that drain your time. Do not keep up with it all. The more selectively ignorant you become, the more broadly knowledgable you can be.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

3

Balance is timing, not intensity. It is not doing multiple tasks at 80%, but developing the skill of turning it on and turning it off. Sleep fully, then work intensely. Focus deeply, then relax completely. Give each phase your full attention. Balance is "when to" not "how to."

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

4

The most powerful force in the universe is compounded attention. Anyone can focus on meaningful actions every now and then, but hammering away on what matters day after day is what delivers exceptional results. What you focus on becomes your life.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

5

The more control you have over your attention, the more control you have over your future.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

6

Where you spend your attention is where you spend your life.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

7

When access to all information is common, attention to important information is rare.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

8

The best way to get the attention and respect of exceptional people is to do exceptional work. Like attracts like.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

9

People keep reading self-help and revisiting the same ideas because that’s precisely what we need: to be reminded. The problem is not that information is unhelpful, but that attention is fleeting. Nobody focuses on one idea every minute of the day. Good books refocus the mind.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

10

Attention is not free. That’s why marketing exists.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

11

People don't have short attention spans. They have short interest spans. If they're interested, they'll give you their full attention.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

12

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

Naval Ravikant

@naval

13

Humans don’t have short or long attention spans. They have attention spans commensurate with their motivations. If you don’t care about something then you have a short attention span. But care about it? You’ll make/find all the time in the world.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

14

Needless commitments are more wasteful than needless possessions. Possessions can be ignored, but commitments are a recurring debt that must be paid for with your time and attention. “The price of anything is the amount of life you exchange for it.” —Henry David Thoreau

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

15

The easiest way to be happy is to do something that takes your full attention.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

16

Let’s set the record straight. Attention spans aren’t falling. Opportunity costs are just rising. Big, big difference. People love long, in-depth content. But it needs to be really, really good.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

17

If you do not like your results in a particular area it is rarely your intellect that deserves the blame, but rather where you have directed your intellect. Results are purchased by how you spend your attention.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

18

Writing for clarity and persuasion ... 1. Grab the reader with the first sentence. 2. Remove unnecessary words. 3. Keep things simple (write for a grade 8). 4. Short sentences are better. 5. Active voice is easier to process than passive.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

19

While visible results get the attention, the invisible work deserves the credit. The seeds of exceptional results are planted when no one is watching.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

20

No one pays any attention to your mistakes. They are focused on their own.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

21

What is life? Managing tradeoffs. Physical life—Managing the tradeoff of spending energy and resources to get energy and resources. Mental life—Managing the tradeoff of allocating your finite attention to something. Emotional life—Managing the tradeoff of caring or not.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

22

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

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

23

Focus and simplicity are connected. If you can't focus, then start cutting things out. When only the essential remains, it becomes easy to pay attention to the right thing.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

24

The best in any field share: attention to detail, a commitment to perfection they will never attain, and a relentless drive.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

25

You cannot sustain attention. You can only repeatedly bring your attention back to the same thing. This is one reason breaking a task into chunks can be helpful. Each chunk gives you something “new” to focus on while remaining committed to the same old task.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

26

The best way to create wealth is to create or own assets that (1) earn money while you sleep and (2) don't require your attention while you are awake.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

27

Not liking how Twitter ranks replies on threads by blue checkmarks above others. Often the least on point. Attention seekers by definition.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

28

There are two ways to have brilliant ideas: 1) The hard way: Try to come up with all the ideas yourself. 2) The easy way: Read books. Most problems can be solved with focused attention and a book. Books are a cheat code. Do the easy thing. Read books.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

29

Your attention is now the most valuable thing you own. Spend it carelessly you can end up depressed and unhappy.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

30

Save money on marketing by teaching your customers instead of buying their attention

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

31

When you think of your attention like you think of your money, you’ll make better choices about what’s worth ‘paying’ for.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

32

The Law of Attraction should really be called the Law of Attention. You are surrounded by information each day, but ignore most of it. When your attention shifts to a new problem, you seem to "magically" notice solutions and ideas related to that problem.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

33

I've learned a lot from Peter Thiel. In particular, I admire his ability to bet on people. He surrounds himself with driven people with bold beliefs about the world. Then, he empowers them with money, attention, and encouragement. The ultimate node in a network of ambition.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

34

Your results are a reflection of your ability to allocate your attention.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

35

You get more of whatever you give attention to.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

36

Turn ideas into assets. Turn assets into attention. Turn attention into capital. Turn capital into time. Repeat.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

37

People will use your product in supremely magical unintended ways. Pay attention. This is not a curse — it’s a blessing. Deconstruct the behavior. Ask yourself, “Is there something we can extend, build on, modify?” The user will show you the way if you let them. Patience.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

38

The best way to keep somebody's attention is to surprise them. Once you're predictable, you're boring.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

39

Masters work with less information, not more. • Painters see the essence of an object. • Investors focus on needle-moving variables. Information is nearly-infinite, and masters know which variables to pay attention to. Masters of attention.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

40

Determining what is worthy of your attention and effort is half the battle

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

41

People don’t use social media looking for specific content. People use social media to see what grabs their attention. You have to create something that immediately hooks someone.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

42

I find it hard to believe that social media has shortened our attention spans when people are regularly binging entire television seasons in a single sitting Perhaps we’ve just gotten more selective with what’s worthy of our attention

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

43

Product subscriptions give you recurring revenue. Email subscriptions give you recurring attention.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

44

Strangers owe you nothing. The least of which their attention. So if you want someone’s attention you better give them something worth paying attention to.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

45

The most successful people I know seem to have unlimited energy. They can work for days and days on end. When they get tired, they shift their attention instead of taking long breaks. Work, learn, write. Repeat.

David Perell

David Perell

@david_perell

46

Attention is the cheapest it's ever been. Start building your portfolio.

Jack Butcher

Jack Butcher

@jackbutcher

47

Attention to detail is the mother of good fortune.

Brian Norgard

Brian Norgard

@BrianNorgard

48

Money works like attention: If you want it, you need to provide people with something of value

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

49

Watch how people use social media. They quickly scroll through their social media newsfeeds, barely pausing. They abandon videos that don’t immediately grab them. They jump from one app to another and back. This is your reality when trying to get people’s attention.

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach

50

Social media hasn’t shortened our attention spans Social media has shortened our attention spans for boring content

Matthew Kobach

Matthew Kobach

@mkobach