It feels natural to wear many hats as an entrepreneur or small business owner. I find myself getting pulled in many directions or FOMO (fear of missing out) with so many shiny new things!

In Secrets of Great Achievers talk, Darren Hardy says that deciding what to do is as important as deciding what not to do.

People try to be good at too many things and they don’t master anything. They become mediocre at many things instead of world class at one or two things. People try to be a jack of all trades and it doesn’t help them be successful.

It’s more cost effective to outsource things to people who are better at it and not waste your time (which has value) doing something that is not that good.

Your time costs you money. You can’t afford to spend major time on minor activities. Don’t try to get better or more efficient at things you shouldn’t be doing in the first place.

We need to stop doing things that don’t matter so we can clear the way for the stuff that will make us successful. Say no to any new shiney object and stay focused on your priorities. Stay the course.

Find, focus, leverage the vital few!

Too many choices creates paralysis.

With too many priorities you become like a deer in the headlights – you don’t move on any of them.

What are you willing to give up so you can become world class?

If you have more than three priorities, you don’t have any.

Buffet Method:

  • Write your priorities.
  • Narrow down to your top three
  • Throw away the rest of the list.

Information Overload

People spend most of their days reacting and responding, doing too many things yet not accomplishing anything. We’re over stimulated, overwhlmed, unproductive, and addicted to distractions. It takes 11 minutes to regain concentrated when we’re interrupted.

Getting more done isn’t about doing more.

Shield yourself from responding and reacting to everyone else’s agenda so that you can remain focused. Over tasking, over training, is deminishing.  You need to rest and recover.

Rest and recover – to operate at your highest level using 90 minute jam sessions.

If you can control your focus you can control your life.

Constant Growth and Development – the best investment you can make.

I can’t cover every topic discussed in the video without making this article too long, so I highly reccomend you watch the entire talk. It’s worth it!

Principles of Success:

  1. STOP Doing too much (what fools do)
  2. Master the FEW
  3. Out FOCUS (YOUR competition)
  4. Out LAST (Consistency)
  5. MEASURE Progress
  6. Out FAIL your competition

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