How To Be Successful – Sam Altman (Focus #6)

Probably one of the only posts from Sam that I can’t deny how good it is.

Lots of stuff in here to pick apart or discuss.

Focus – this is a big one for me I am trying to nail.

As I age I think it’s improving – my only regret is not getting better at it sooner. 

I keep altering some of my habits to encourage focus.

For meetings I am mostly using a notebook and pen so that I focus in on the person – for some internal meetings needing lots of follow up I use my laptop since I figure my team understands me and how I work. However for most client meetings, I keep to the notebook.

When I got my new phone, love my XR BTW – I put far fewer apps on it. Digital cleanse of sorts.

When I can I cruise around with a book versus look at my phone or if that doesn’t work I podcast with a single AirPod and put my phone in my pocket. Regardless I am upping my information consumption but just books and podcasts – no skimming around.

I have three kids now so I can’t work a lot outside of office hours or hours I can carve out when not in the office which means focusing, working smarter and increasing my output is key.

There are no tricks but focus is helpful.

How To Be Successful – Sam Altman:

6. Focus

Focus is a force multiplier on work.

Almost everyone I’ve ever met would be well-served by spending more time thinking about what to focus on. It is much more important to work on the right thing than it is to work many hours. Most people waste most of their time on stuff that doesn’t matter.

Once you have figured out what to do, be unstoppable about getting your small handful of priorities accomplished quickly. I have yet to meet a slow-moving person who is very successful.

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