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The power of focus.
Without it, you’re doomed to a life of distraction. A life in which others’ priorities dictate on what you spend your time. As you move from one shiny object to another, you may get lots of things done–but few things ever get done well.
Or, you may find your life is ruled by procrastination, where doing great work is derailed by social media and YouTube videos.
But how can you learn to achieve focus, in a world that is built to distract?
20 years ago, Steve Jobs answered that question.
In 1997, Steve Jobs had just returned to Apple, the company he had been ousted from over a decade before. He was answering questions from developers at Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference when someone raised the topic of “OpenDoc,” a software engineering framework that Jobs decided to kill upon his return.
In addressing the question about OpenDoc, Jobs took opportunity to drop some major wisdom.
“I know some of you spent a lot of time working on stuff that we put a bullet in the head of,” begins Jobs. “I apologize. I feel your pain.” The audience laughed appreciatively.
“But Apple suffered for several years from lousy engineering management. And there were people that were going off in 18 different directions–doing arguably interesting things in each one of them. Good engineers. Lousy management.
And what happened was, you look at the farm that’s been created, with all these different animals going in different directions, and it doesn’t add up. The total is less than the sum of the parts. And so we had to decide: What are the fundamental directions we’re going in? And what makes sense and what doesn’t? And there were a bunch of things that didn’t. And microcosmically they might have made sense; macrocosmically they made no sense.
…When you think about focusing, you think, well, focusing is about saying yes. No.
Focusing is about saying no.“
Boom drops the dynamite.
Focusing is about saying no.
This ability to say no was arguably Jobs’s greatest skill. When Apple brought Jobs back, his first order of business was to shrink the product line–and make sure whatever Apple made, it made extremely well.
“Steve was the most remarkably focused person I’ve ever met in my life,” said Jony Ive, Apple’s design chief and the man Steve Jobs once described as his “spiritual partner.” Ive went on to explain why achieving focus isn’t as easy as it appears on the surface.
Jobs would regularly ask him: ‘How many things have you said no to today?’ Ive says he would have “sacrificial” things he turned down. “Well, I said no to this. And no to that,” he would tell his boss. “But he knew that I wasn’t vaguely interested in doing those things anyway.”
“What focus means is saying no to something that you [think]–with every bone in your body–is a phenomenal idea,” he continues. “And you wake up thinking about it. But you say no to it because you’re focusing on something else.”
Putting It Into Practice
Whatever your role or position, you’re faced with choices about your work on a daily basis. Should I join this meeting? Do I really want to take on this client or project? Should I focus on this task at the expense of that one?
For many, it’s not easy to say no. You may try to rationalize: “I don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings. They won’t understand. I’ll find a way to get it all done.”
No, you won’t.
Learning to say no begins by sharpening your emotional intelligence–the ability to make emotions work for you, instead of against you. By refusing to let temporary emotions lead to permanent decisions, you’ll realize that lack of focus easily leads to regret.
Then, instead of trying to do it all…
You can simply do it right.
So, choose wisely.
Because every time you say yes to something you don’t really want, you’re actually saying no to the things you do.
First single from Trent Reznor/ Atticus Ross soundtrack is Karen O cover of Led Zeppelin song.
By Gil Kaufman
<P>You kind of can’t go wrong when the soundtrack you’ve put together for one of the most eagerly anticipated literary adaptations in years kicks off <a href=”/music/artist/yeah_yeah_yeahs/artist.jhtml”>Yeah Yeah Yeahs</a> singer Karen O’s take on <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/music/artist/led_zeppelin/artist.jhtml”>Led Zeppelin</a>’s “Immigrant Song.” </P><P> </P><P></p><div class=”player-placeholder right” title=”The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo” id=”vid:693384″ width=”240″ height=”211″></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>Fans heard the throbbing industrial take on the rock classic cooked up by former Nine Inch Nails mastermind and O when a trailer for the David Fincher-directed “Girl With the Dragon Tattoo” leaked back in May. And on Thursday, Oscar-winning industrial-rocker-turned-film composer Reznor and musical partner Atticus Ross unveiled the full track list for their “Tattoo” score album. </P><P> </P><P>The follow-up to their award-winning “The Social Network” score was a labor of love, according to a <a href=”http://nin.com/?id=102677″ target=”_blank”>post</a> Reznor put up on the NIN site on Thursday announcing the disc. “For the last fourteen months Atticus and I have been hard at work on David Fincher’s ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo,’ ” he wrote about the American version of the tale of pierced and punished hacker <a href=”/news/articles/1655879/rooney-mara-dragon-tattoo.jhtml”>Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara)</a> and her muckraking journalist compatriot <a href=”/news/articles/1667542/daniel-craig-rooney-mara-girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo.jhtml”>Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig)</a>. “We laughed, we cried, we lost our minds and in the process made some of the most beautiful and disturbing music of our careers. The result is a sprawling three-hour opus.” </P><P> </P><P>The album will be released on iTunes on December 9 in two versions. Right now, you can download the Karen O song on iTunes when you pre-order the 39-track album. That download purchase will also give you a link to the <a href=”/news/articles/1675297/girl-with-the-dragon-tattoo-trailer-extended.jhtml”>eight-minute “Dragon Tattoo” trailer</a>, for which Reznor and Ross created a unique score. </P><P> </P><P></p><div class=”player-placeholder right” title=”Daniel Craig Talks ‘The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo'” id=”vid:674399″ width=”240″ height=”211″></div><p> </P><P> </P><P>But, if you visit the <a href=”http://www.nullco.com/GDT/usd.php” target=”_blank”>NIN online store</a>, Reznor is offering the soundtrack in a variety of forms, from a free six-track sampler to a deluxe 3,000-piece limited-edition signed $ 300 package with your choice of MP3 formats; the full album on six pieces of 180 gram vinyl; a deluxe book package with a metal cover; an exclusive custom 8 GB metal razor blade USB drive pendant containing the full album; and a fold-out poster. </P><P> </P><P>The full album score track list is as follows: <br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Immigrant Song” (Led Zeppelin cover) [ft. Karen O]<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “She Reminds Me of You”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “People Lie All the Time”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Pinned and Mounted”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Perihelion”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “What If We Could?”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “With the Flies”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Hidden in Snow”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “A Thousand Details”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “One Particular Moment”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “I Can’t Take It Anymore”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “How Brittle the Bones”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Please Take Your Hand Away”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Cut Into Pieces”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “The Splinter”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “An Itch”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Hypomania”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Under the Midnight Sun”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Aphelion”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “You’re Here”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “The Same as the Others”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “A Pause for Reflection”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “While Waiting”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “The Seconds Drag”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Later Into the Night”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Parallel Timeline With Alternate Outcome”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Another Way of Caring”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “A Viable Construct”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Revealed in the Thaw”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Millennia”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “We Could Wait Forever”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Oraculum”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Great Bird of Prey”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “The Heretics”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “A Pair of Doves”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Infiltrator”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “The Sound of Forgetting”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Of Secrets”<br> </P><P><b>»</b> “Is Your Love Strong Enough?” (Bryan Ferry cover) </P><P> </P><P><b>Check out everything we’ve got on <a href=”http://www.mtv.com/movies/movie/456914/moviemain.jhtml”>”The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.”</a> </P><P> </P><P>For breaking news, celebrity columns, humor and more — updated around the clock — visit <a href=”http://moviesblog.mtv.com/”>MTVMoviesBlog.com</a>.</b></p>
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs
- Led Zeppelin
Next month’s free video games on Xbox One and Xbox 360 have been announced.
Virtual reality company Oculus VR revealed new details about its product lineup and partnerships on Thursday morning, as the Facebook-owned company inched closer to the Q1 2016 release of its flagship device, the Oculus Rift VR headset.