The value of focus


Albert Einstein is considered one of the most intelligent individuals in history. Einstein is synonymous with “genius”. Einstein was a German-born theoretical physicist that developed the general theory of relativity, one of the two pillars of modern physics (alongside quantum mechanics). His work is also known for its influence on the philosophy of science. Einstein received the 1921 Nobel Prize in Physics for his “services to theoretical physics”. He had more than 300 scientific papers published along with over 150 non-scientific works. He was truly one of the intellectual giants of the 20th century.

However, Einstein also had a human, practical side to him. He once said, “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.” He is also attributed with, “Try not to become a man of success, but rather try to become a man of value.” You can see that he understood that our purpose is not our own, but to add value to others. However, today, The Porch will focus on another, less known Einstein quote that illustrates today key point… proper focus is essential for doing anything well. This is the key quote for today:

“Any man who can drive safely while kissing a pretty girl is simply not giving the kiss the attention it deserves.” – Albert Einstein –

Einstein is perfectly illustrating the need to focus on the job at hand, or risk doing it poorly. How many times have you personally tried to answer e-mail messages, write reports, or do something else important while on a conference call? By ensuring that your mind is acutely focused on the key task before you, you greatly increase the probability of doing it well… the first time!

Don’t forget Einstein’s words of wisdom and advice when it comes to focus! Have a “relatively” great day! Perhaps, you will take a “quantum” leap forward in your life this very day!

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