Message #58 Selective Focus

This post is especially dedicated to the great Lisa Sargese.

When I gave my talk last week to the American Boychoir School in Princeton, I was amazed that there was a school for boys ages 9-14 for singing. They have regular classes, including gym, and a music theory class. They practice singing for two hours a day. Talk about being specific. These boys perform all over the world. They will be at Carnegie Hall soon and then Europe.

Many people want and try to do EVERYTHING well. But there’s something to be said about doing ONE THING well. It is then that you will become an expert in your field. If you want to be the best at something, get folder and carry it with you at all times. Every time you find something that pertains to your field, whether in a magazine, or newspaper, cut it out and put it in this folder. Because you have this selective focus, you will become a magnet to all this information and you will start to meet people that can give you information as well. Many people avoid doing this type of work and just want to enjoy life. But guess what? If you’re willing to give up what you want now for what you want MOST, you are going to be better than everyone else.

So it doesn’t matter what you want to be an expert in, you just have to KNOW what you want and then have selective focus to get you on your way.

Homework: Get your folder and start collecting information.

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