If You Want To Succeed In Life, Focus On What You Are Good At

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If you want to succeed in life, focus on what you can do very well. Focus on your strengths, not on your weaknesses. If you focus on what you are good at, you will be successful. But if focus on your weaknesses or your limitations, you will miss the opportunity to expand yourself.

In his book, A Year with Peter Drucker, Joseph A. Maciariello, said, “Focus on your core competencies; focus on your strengths; don’t major in the minors. If you want your life to count, if you your organization to count, the secret is to focus. Do a few things well.”

If you want to do well in life, in your job, in your relationships, in your parenting, you must focus on doing the things you do best. Don’t spread yourself too thin. If you do, you will not achieve much in life. Instead of focusing on the things that will not lead you anywhere, focus on a few that can change your life.

“Do a few things well.” You cannot succeed at everything. Instead of wasting your time, focus on one thing at a time. Don’t multitask. If you are finding it difficult to focus on what is important, follow The Pareto Principle, also known as the 80/20 rule, the law of the vital few, or the principle factor sparsity, which says that 80% of outcomes (or outputs) results from 20% of all causes (inputs) for a given event.

In conclusion, Peter Drucker said, “Concentrate on the smallest number of activities that will focus on the greatest productivity.”


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Wikipedia.org, accessed April 16, 2019, http://www.wikipedia.org/wiki/pareto_principle