Best 292 Quotes & Tweets on Focus

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Most people need consistency more than they need intensity. Intensity: -run a marathon -write a book in 30 days -silent meditation retreat Consistency: -don't miss a workout for 2 years -write every week -daily silence Intensity makes a good story. Consistency makes progress.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Your 1st blog post will be bad, but your 1000th will be great. Your 1st workout will be weak, but your 1000th will be strong. Your 1st meditation will be scattered, but your 1000th will be focused. Put in your reps.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Don't ghost. Saying no is a skill worth learning.

Sahil Lavingia

Sahil Lavingia

@shl

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I have a suspicion that most adults (75%+) could pick any skill—excluding sports—and work their way into the top 10% in the world simply by working exclusively on it every day for two years. But almost nobody displays that degree of focus, so we will never know.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The person who learns the most in any classroom is the teacher. Lesson: If you really want to learn a topic, then “teach” it. Write a book. Teach a class. Build a product. Start a company. The act of making something will force you to learn more deeply than reading ever will.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you want to be wealthy, spend your time relaxing, or earning. Outsource or ignore everything else.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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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

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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

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How to 80/20 your life: (1) Make a list of the 10 things you spend the most time on. (2) Circle the two that truly drive your results. Do more of those. (3) Look at the others. Eliminate ruthlessly. Automate or outsource what you can. Press pause on the rest. (4) Repeat.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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If you want the truth, take no one else’s word for it. Accept only science, reason, and direct experience. Start on solid ground. Mind each step.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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How things get done in the world: Relentless focus Self-confidence Personal connections Effective leadership (communication, management, vision, and evangelism)

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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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

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You don't need more time, you need more focus.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Generally the highest ROI comes from getting even better in areas where you're already strong, not improving in areas where you're weak. There are important exceptions, but most people focus on their weaknesses too much.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The ultimate form of optimization is elimination. Nothing is more effective than removing the ineffective.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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It’s common to have vision; it’s rare to have plans.

Sam Altman

Sam Altman

@sama

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The biggest generator of long term results is learning to do things when you don't feel like doing them. If you let excuses or emotion drive behavior, you're cheating yourself. Put aside the excuses and start doing what you need to do.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Most topics are not worth having an opinion about.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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In a world where information is abundant and easy to access, the real advantage is knowing where to focus.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Focus is the art of knowing what to ignore.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Productivity is for machines, not for people. There’s nothing meaningful about packing some number of work units into some amount of time, or squeezing more into less. Think about how effective you’re being, not how productive you’re being.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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The world is full of millions of winner-take-all games. You can become good, but not great, at anything via books, teachers, and mentors. It takes natural talent and obsession. Create, play, and win the game of you.

Naval Ravikant

Naval Ravikant

@naval

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Focus on your daily results and you’ll often make poor long-term choices. Focus on your daily choices and you’ll almost certainly enjoy good long-term results.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The Paradox of Freedom—the way to expand your freedom is to narrow your focus. Stay focused on saving to achieve financial freedom. Stay focused on training to achieve physical freedom. Stay focused on learning to achieve intellectual freedom. The disciplined become the free.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Vision is the bottleneck of talent. Most talent is wasted because people do not clearly know what they want. It’s not a lack of effort, but a lack of direction. There are many capable people in the world, but relatively few that focus on what matters.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The paradox of risk: (1) Don't put all your eggs in one basket. Lose the basket and you lose it all. (2) Don't put your eggs in too many baskets. The more baskets you manage, the less energy you can put into each one. It's risky to do things halfway. Diversified, but focused.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Top skill for entrepreneurs: Being great at ignoring what everyone else is doing.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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Comparing yourself to others... ...is positive when it motivates you to get back to work, upgrade your skills, and remain dedicated to a meaningful pursuit. ...is negative when it causes rumination, negative self-talk, and lower self-esteem. It’s a thin line between the two.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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A difficult lesson to learn: Your most persistent distractions will seem justified to you.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Concentration produces wealth. Diversification protects wealth.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Some people need more focus. Others need to broaden their perspective. Some people need to try harder. Others need to stress less. Some people need to care more. Others need to let it go. The secret is you are both people. The key is to know which one you are in this moment.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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In times of uncertainty, your habits can ground you. When you feel overwhelmed, practice 1 minute of mindfulness. When you feel restless, do a 1-minute workout. When the world seems uncontrollable, focus on what you can control. Stick to your routines in whatever way you can.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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You need focus to become exceptional at anything. You have to be great at saying no. Massive amounts of time and energy are wasted optimizing things that should be left undone.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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What looks like a talent gap is often a focus gap. The "all star" is often an average to above average performer who spends more time working on what is important and less time on distractions. The talent is staying focused.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Ideas are never in short supply, focus is.

Jason Fried

Jason Fried

@jasonfried

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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

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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

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Stick to the basics. Do your job. Avoid stupidity. Speak for yourself. Be attentive to details. Put results ahead of being right. Go to bed smarter than when you woke up.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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If you're focused on the outcome, you're not focused on the process. Sustained success comes from a fanatical focus on process. You don't need to be perfect, just better than yesterday.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Before you throw more time at the problem, throw more focused action at the problem. You don’t need more time, you need fewer distractions.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Why focus on the process when the world is outcome driven? Don’t results matter? Yes, results do matter. But if you optimize for the outcome, you win one time. If you optimize for a process that leads to great outcomes, you can win again and again.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Success eats itself. The more successful you become, the more opportunities come your way. The more new things you take on, the less time you spend doing what made you successful in the first place. For success to persist, your threshold for saying yes must increase.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Life gets easier when you don’t blame other people and focus on what you can control.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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The most useful form of patience is persistence. Patience implies waiting for things to improve on their own. Persistence implies keeping your head down and continuing to work when things take longer than you expect.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Each day is a new battle to say yes to what matters and say no to what doesn’t. Focus is a practice.

James Clear

James Clear

@JamesClear

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Most people think they lack knowledge when they really lack focus.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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Why is every startup a 10 year overnight success? 80% of new businesses fail in the first 5 years. Another 80% fail in the next 5 years. If you can last 10 years your business is in the top 4% of cos that are still kicking. If you start, be ready to commit for 10 years.

Garry Tan

Garry Tan

@garrytan

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Every choice you make is a step toward or away from the person you want to become. No single choice will get you where you want to go. Only repeated steps over time in the same direction will move you forward.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish

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If you want to win once, focus on the outcome. If you want to win often, focus on the process.

Shane Parrish

Shane Parrish

@ShaneAParrish