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The Impoverishment of Attention


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Your focus is your reality.  Yoda

Source: http://www.farnamstreetblog.com/2014/01/...

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Focus matters enormously for success in life and yet we seem to give it little attention. Daniel Goleman’s book, Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, explores the power of attention. “Attention works much like a muscle,” he writes, “use it poorly and it can wither; work it well and it grows.”

To get the results we want in life, Goleman argues we need three kinds of focus.

Inner focus attunes us to our intuitions, guiding values, and better decisions. Other focus smooths our connections to the people in our lives. And outer focus lets us navigate in the larger world. A (person) tuned out of his internal world will be rudderless; one blind to the world of others will be clueless; those indifferent to the larger systems within which they operate will be blindsided.

How we deploy attention shapes what we see. Or as Yoda says, “Your focus is your reality.”

I could not find that Yoda quote. 

But I did find this:

your focus is your reality Yoda

Of all the beings to misattribute to ....

Just because I cannot find it, does not mean it does not exist.

In 1977, foreseeing what was going to happen, the Nobel-winning economist Herbert Simon wrote:

What information consumes is rather obvious: it consumes the attention of its recipients. Hence a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention, and a need to allocate that attention efficiently among the overabundance of information sources that might consume it.

This post pre-dates my (rabid) participation in PandaWhale, and I am so glad I found it to add to my new Focus stash:

http://pandawhale.com/post/2027/whats-the-single-most-important-personality-trait-if-you-want-to-live-a-long-life

It's amazing to go back to the first few thousand posts and see how much good stuff is there.

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