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Never tell your problems to anyone 20 percent don't care and the other 80 percent are glad you have them.
-- Lou Holtz


Friday, October 20, 2023

Focus and curiosity

Use your curiosity to gather knowledge and experiences. Employ your focus to weave together, expand upon, and make purposeful sense of what curiosity brings to your awareness.

Setting curiosity aside for a while to achieve better focus does not mean you’re renouncing your curiosity. You’re actually using focus to make good use of what your curiosity has presented to you.

A similar dynamic is at work when you let go of your focus in order to indulge your curiosity. You’re not permanently abandoning focus, but instead you’re finding new and compelling subjects to focus upon.

Focus and curiosity benefit when you appreciate the contributions of both. The ideal strategy is to keep them in balance.

Keep that in mind when you’re tempted to break away from what you’re focused on and run toward some new discovery. Resist the temptation, knowing that your curiosity will still be there after the work is completed, when you can pursue it free of any guilt.

Get your focus and your curiosity working in cooperation, with respect and consideration for each other. That is always a powerful combination.

— Ralph Marston

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