Posts Tagged ‘focus’



Multi-Adapter Plugs and Multi-Adapter Lives Don’t Work

On a recent trip to London, I was reminded of one thing: Electrical multi-plugs don’t work. You know the kind: the all-in-one plugs that have all the electrical adapters from countries around the world. One big block, and different plugs spring out for different countries. Like most things, they work in the store, but in the field, they break down pretty easily. That’s a lesson in most “multi” things: Read the full article »

Stop Spending So Much Time on Other People’s Priorities

Write this down:  “If you’re spending your day sending and receiving email messages, then you’re spending your day responding to other people’s priorities.”  Rinse and repeat. What does your typical day look like? Spending all day in your email inbox? Or spending the day working on the projects that matter to you?  Sure, email is still a vital communications tool, but our problem is that we get stuck in it. As a result, we Read the full article »

Changing Careers In A Tough Job Market

Today’s job market may be the most challenging in recent history, but the truth is, a volatile economy can actually be the best time to change careers. When researching my new book, “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do,”  I discovered that finding your purpose – what you were born to do with your life – is the single most important key to finding the career you’ve always dreamed about.  In today’s distracted and cluttered culture, it’s far too easy to become average at many things. But to cut through and get noticed today, start Read the full article »

How to Achieve Olympic Levels of Success

I love watching the Olympics because it’s one of the few places where you can spend a few weeks watching the best in the world. It’s really a celebration of sacrifice, training, and performance that’s hard to beat. But how do they achieve these extraordinarily high levels of success? Certainly it’s a complex answer, but when I was writing my new book “One Big Thing: Discovering What You Were Born to Do,” three areas stood out as absolutely essential to Olympic level success on the field or in business: Read the full article »

Driving in India is a Lot Like Life

Driving in India is quite an experience. There are far too many cars, gas powered rickshaws, busses, motorcycles, trucks, bicycles, and the occasional herd of cows. On first glance it’s total chaos, people trying to cross, moving into the flow of traffic, squeezing in and out. The first rule of Indian driving is that traffic lanes aren’t a requirement, they’re simply a suggestion. But the great surprise is that in the middle of what looks like total confusion, there are very few accidents, and in most cases, those that happen are just minor fender benders. It’s amazing really. But then, after you’ve been there a few times, and made the effort to really look at it closely, you notice something important: Read the full article »

Being Good at One Thing Doesn’t Mean We’re Good at Everything

There’s a frustrating trend I’m seeing among leaders in both the religious and secular worlds regarding expertise.  I’m talking about people who are highly successful in one area, then seem to assume they’re experts in other areas as well.  Of course, sometimes it’s true.  I love the concept of “Renaissance people” who have multiple talents.  But for most, expertise in one arena doesn’t assure expertise in others.  For example, because a pastor achieves numerical success in building a large church, doesn’t automatically make him an expert in leadership.  Some are, but most aren’t.  Some of these misled guys are out there writing leadership blogs that are largely hooey.  In other cases,
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Do You Really Know Your Priorities?

I’ll never forget when one of my wife’s best friends had a baby. She was a dedicated career woman, who decided after a few nervous months at home that she would hire a nanny so she could go back to work and resume her career. Everything seemed fine for a while, until one day she came home from work to hear the excited nanny cry out in joy, “Guess what? Today the baby walked for the first time! You should have seen it!”  At that moment, the mom froze in horror. For the first time since her baby’s birth, she realized that by going back to work, all the “firsts” in her child’s life would be experienced by someone else. That jolt was like an explosion. She dropped her briefcase, called her boss, immediately resigned from her job, and never Read the full article »