You know what really grind my gears?
So many people focus on the wrong things. I realize that what matters is somewhat subjective. However, from an outsider’s perspective, I see people who are clearly focused in the wrong areas constantly. This may be a bit of a rant post, so I apologize in advance. Here are the top areas I think people waste time and/or focus:
This is a big one for me. I can see certain instances where politics can greatly affect your life where having an interest might be justified. However, I see so many people that are hyper obsessed with politics these days. I see some people that can turn any conversation into a politics conversation. Constantly blaming how their life is going because of some politician. Read Covey’s book, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Learn about the Circle of Influence. You can greatly improve your life by staying in that zone.
An Obsession with Learning but not Doing
There are a fair amount of people that like to read books, blogs, etc. but never take action. It is great to learn new things, I am an avid reader myself. However, I fell into the trap of learning a ton of things but never applying them. I know there are a lot of people out there with that same problem. Do whatever you need to change your mindset to a doing mindset instead of an absorbing knowledge mindset. If you are like me you have a limited amount of free time. “Learn by Do” is my new motto. It is incredibly cost effective in terms of return on time invested.
Stop with all the Self-Help….
Also, there seems to be an obsession with self-help books and blogs right now. Many of the top stories on Medium or any other blogging platform are repetitive self-help bullshit. Every week you see some authors basically posting the same shit as last week with a different spin on it. I like guys like James Altucher or Gary Vaynerchuk, but much of their information is the same thing every time.
I’m going to save you some time. Read a couple of the classics, which is what all the newer information is based on, and you are basically good to go. I already referenced one of the classics above.
After reading a self-help book or two, or better yet BEFORE reading any self-help book focus on learning actionable information. Pick up a book on a useful skill. Learn Trading, how to sell on Amazon or EBay, programming, or any skill applicable to making a side income possible.
Insert Entertainment Option of Choice…
We as a society are obsessed with being entertained. How many people do you know who are fully grown adults with an attention span of a child? That is the programming of our entertainment industry for you. There is a reason mainsteam TV stations(remember when you used to watch those) have tons of flashing graphics, sound effects, constantly changing scenes, etc.. It is to keep your attention longer so you stay there. Video games are another great example. While I still enjoy some PC gaming from time to time, it like anything needs to be within moderation and is the epitome of unproductive time.
I’m not saying you can’t have down time, in fact it is very necessary. However, will you ever get anywhere by reading a self-help and then spending all of the rest of your free time being entertained? Unlikely.
Focus on the things that matter. Some things just don’t matter, no matter how you try to convince yourself they do. Stop dreaming and start doing. Find blogs/books/information that gets into the meat and potatoes of how to achieve things, not information that is extremely abstract or pie in the sky. Pick one area and attempt to become a master. Trading is a discipline that requires incredible amounts of dedication to succeed. You need hyper focus to achieve that.
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