"Genius is in-born, may it never be still-born."

"Oysters, irritated by grains of sand, give birth to pearls. Brains, irritated by curiosity, give birth to ideas."

"Brainpower is the bridge to the future; it is what transports you from wishful thinking to willful doing."

"Unless you keep learning & growing, the status quo has no status."

Saturday, August 22, 2009


I have found the following piece of writing on the net, & thought it would be worthwhile to recap here:

"One of the most powerful things you have at your disposal is your attention. Whatever you focus your attention upon will grow stronger as a result.

Pay genuine attention to those you love, and the love between you will grow ever stronger.

Pay full attention to the work you do and you'll be vastly more effective at it.

Give your positive attention to the people and things around you, and you'll find yourself in ever-improving surroundings.

Pay attention to the way your life is going, and it will begin moving in the direction you desire for it to move.

Attention is not always easy, because the world is filled with enticing distractions. Yet the very challenge of maintaining attention is what makes it so powerful, for when you commit to paying attention it draws out the best in you.

One of the most valuable things you can give to someone else is your attention. And one of the most effective ways to move your life and your world forward is by paying real attention to it.

Your attention will energize whatever you focus it upon. So direct it toward the best, the most positive and promising aspects of life, and great things will surely come about."

~ Ralph Marston Jr., author of 'The Daily Motivator';

What Ralph talks about resonates very well with what I have always believed:

Your brain always follow the direction of your current dominant thought!

In other words, focused attention is a powerful ingredient in the recipe for personal effectiveness.

1 comment:

Dr. Steve Levinson said...

A clinical psychologist, I couldn't agree more about the value of attention. The problem is, controlling one's own attention is easier said than done. Although it doesn't help that we're exposed to world full of enticing distractions, the real culprit is the human mind's leftover primitive "wiring." Instead of allowing intelligence to control where our attention gets focused, the mind actually invites unimportant distractions to bid - often successfully - for our attention. So, while we are properly in awe of what humans can accomplish whenever they do manage to harness the awesome power of focused attention, the truth is, we are wasting potential by failing to consistently exercise greater control over our own attention.

I've devoted much of my career to trying to develop ways for people to achieve greater control over their own attention. One solution I created is called the MotivAider. The MotivAider is a simple pager-like electronic device that automatically keeps its user's attention focused on whatever the user chooses. By allowing their intelligence to determine where their attention will be focused, the MotivAider has enabled users to achieve an extremely wide range of previously unattainable goals.