Having worked with and interviewed hundreds of professionals, I’ve come to believe that each person also has a “sweet spot”. It’s comprised of the situations and activities where they are maximally effective, and where they create the most unique value for their effort… Here are a few of the key insights I gained about finding your sweet spot:
- To find your sweet spot, you must act first and sort later.
- Your sweet spot is not always something you enjoy.
- Finding your sweet spot is not necessary, which is why many people never do it.
As I looked around, I noticed that the most successful people I know have one thing in common: they are masters at eliminating the unnecessary from their lives. The French writer Antoine de Saint-Exupéry hit on the same idea, writing in his memoir, “Perfection is finally attained not when there is no longer anything to add, but when there is no longer anything to take away.” This principle, it turns out, is the key to success.
Here’s one method to help you choose what to focus on and how to use your time (it’s a mix of time blocking and a variation of Warren Buffet’s two-list system):
- Step 1: Change how you think about your day. Think of your day as having 96 blocks of energy, with each block being a 15-minute chunk of time.
- Step 2: Write a list of all the goals you have.
- Step 3: Circle your top three goals.
- Step 4: Eliminate everything else
It’s all about FOCUS.
All that we write about, think about, and strive to achieve is inspired by one or more of the following principles. We hope they offer some clarity about what our community believes, and perhaps some direction as you carve your own path.
- Direction Over Speed
- Live Deliberately
- Thoughful Opinions Held Loosely
- Principles Outlive Tactics
- Own Your Actions
Farnam Street is Shane Parish’s blog about better thinking and better decision making. Not sure how why I’ve never come across this before, but it’s now in my RSS feed.
A record unlikely to be beaten…
Source: John Wooden
“Instead of wondering when your next vacation is, maybe you should set up a life you don’t need to escape from.
If you live through the Holocaust, anything that comes up, it’s a piece of pie.
Amazing video. Thanks for making Brett!
Source: The Art of Manliness
I’m a grown man. If I’m checking my phone every 5 minutes, or playing video games instead of paying attention to my kids, I don’t need an animation of a dying tree to nudge me toward better habits, I need someone I respect to knock the stupid thing out of my hand and say ‘get your act together.’
He who has learned the secret of using pain is now safe, for he can stand anything that can happen to him.