I am often asked for “hacks” on the ability to do deep work, to increase concentration, to focus more tightly and speed up progress. As if there’s a quick fix, fast, “microwave” solution.
We are led by societal “norms” to believe that every moment is a “Miller Time” moment. But look around thoughtfully and carefully. Do you see more accidental quick successes or dedicated, sincere effort?
Early on success isn’t even recognizable. The typical success story starts out as not so good and their first steps only make them less awful. Over time they Increase Concentration and develop. Through intentional conditioning they create success.
- Writers don’t start out as authors. They become authors.
- Entrepreneurs start out as struggling, sheepish beginners.
- Leaders begin as self-conscious, awkward, and indecisive.
With patience success finds its way. The right amount of conditioning lies somewhere between the 10,000-hour rule and quick, short-study success. Your results will vary.
Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny. (AKA conditioning) Aristotle