Archive for July, 2010

Worth Repeating: Focus

Wow, has it been…nevermind. Yes it has, but I didn’t make any promises to the frequency of blog posts (I think…), so here we go, another blog post. Yeah!

I was talking with a friend tonight (HEY PATRICK!), and we got rolling into some pretty good stuff. It reminded me of some quotes I read, credited to the great Andrew Carnegie:

The average person puts only 25% of his energy and ability into his work. The world takes off its hat to those who put in more than 50% of their capacity, and stands on its head for those few and far between souls who devote 100%.

As I grow older, I pay less attention to what men say. I just watch what they do.

Concentrate your energies, your thoughts and your capital. The wise man puts all his eggs in one basket and watches the basket.

Concentration is my motto – first honesty, then industry, then concentration.

Here is the prime condition of success: Concentrate your energy, thought and capital exclusively upon the business in which you are engaged. Having begun on one line, resolve to fight it out on that line, to lead in it, adopt every improvement, have the best machinery, and know the most about it.

I hope you took the time to read through everything in italics, as there’s some food for thought there. Here’s what I’ve been chewing on:

Currently I’ve been splitting my focus on a few different endeavors:

  1. A new website that I’m not saying much about, but am in the stage where I can’t move forward without investors and their corresponding dollars.
  2. Writing a screenplay that I’m not talking much about because the first draft isn’t done yet.
  3. Sending out query letters to agents and managers for a screenplay my writing partner and I wrote.
  4. Pitching 2 different movies and a TV pilot to anyone who will hear.
  5. Finding enough freelance work to pay the bills and keep me from a $10 job at Costco.

So yeah, spread a little thin I may be.  And it all hit me tonight.

I’d been thinking about this stuff all day, but maybe that right there is the problem, I’d been thinking about all this stuff all day. Is my focus split too much? Too many eggs for not enough baskets?

So I’m having trouble deciding how to move forward from here. Do I keep going full steam on all endeavors at the same time? Or should I focus on bringing one to fruition before moving on to the next project? My deal there is how do I know which one to work on first? Dilemma!

So, while I do feel that focusing more is important, I’m not sure how to implement it. I’m open, nay hoping for comments and your perspective. Hence the blog title…

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