The Focus Factor

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“You can always find a distraction if you’re looking for one.”

–  Tom Kite (b. 1949), Hall of Fame, retired professional golfer with 37 pro wins, including one Major championship

Tom Kite is known as “one of the purest strikers of the golf ball to ever play the game.”  For the non-golfers in the subscriber base, “striking the golf ball” is essential to the game, seein’s how that’s the way you get the ball from over here to over there…

I have a friend who defeated Kite in a national junior tournament back in the 1960’s.  Some of those who saw them both play in their youth contend that my friend had more talent than Kite.  My buddy is a great guy, one you’d want on your scramble team for the company golf outing.  Tom Kite ended up winning more than $9,000,000 playing golf, despite often being “less talented” than his fellow competitors.  What Tom Kite did is ruthlessly eliminate distraction.

Talent matters, and not just in sport.  Talent matters in sales, marketing, coding, IT, banking, waitering or waitressing — you name the career, talent matters.  So does work ethic.  So does sheer effort.  So do luck, timing and probably a dozen or more other ingredients.

The ability to ignore distraction, however, is like rocket fuel booster for any of those ingredients — particularly in times like these where people, companies, and bad actors are hell bent on trying to distract us.

The refusal to look for distraction…

Let’s call it the Focus Factor — and let’s commit to it in order to make a difference.

 


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