“You can do anything but can’t do everything”
It’s a quote that can be quickly digested and just as quickly forgotten. I’ve heard it in various forms over the years but this very simple concept was beautifully expounded upon by author Greg McKeown over at the Harvard Business Review titled:
McKeown is the author of Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less released in April. Having lived in both Los Angeles and New York City, it’s easy to get pulled in many different directions throughout life. So many good things you can do with your career but the key I’ve found is to focus on the few great things. Good of course being the nagging nemesis of Great.
One can drift in the realm of good for years but pursuing what is great in life whether it’s personal relationships or business takes a ton of discipline in the tech driven world we live in today. It requires saying no, it requires “missing out”, and requires patience. Rome wasn’t built in a day, and neither will great success in life.
While it might seem you’re crawling in the slow lane of consistent progress, no matter how small, it will eventually pay off. Knowing exactly what to focus on can be the hardest part of this. Spending some quiet time alone each week to pray, meditate or reflect is the best place to start.
Focus on the bare essentials… what’s great?