“… but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one that has opened for us.”
– Alexander Graham Bell, scientist and inventor
Life is filled with many endings and beginnings. It has many twists, turns, and even its share of dead ends. How can we maintain life’s momentum when we come to a real or apparent ending, instead of stopping too long to ponder or dwell on our past?
It often takes us a while to turn our heads and look forward, to grasp the doorknob of the future and open it with excitement and enthusiasm.
What doors in your life have you recently closed, and what new openings are available for you to pursue?
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“… The sun’s rays do not burn until brought to a focus.”
– Alexander Graham Bell
When I was very young, I remember using a magnifying glass to focus the sun’s rays and burn small holes in a piece of paper. I bet you did too.
With this idea in mind, I began to take interest in the concept that greater focus is also the source of greater achievement.
In his book Outliers, Malcolm Gladwell established that it takes 10,000 hours of focused practice to achieve personal mastery.
What must you do less of (or stop altogether) in your life, so you can start or do more of other focused activities? Think about what matters to you most on your journey to personal and professional excellence.
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