Being Focused without Walking over People

While discussing with friends recently about the importance of passionate focus for accomplishing our goals, a debate arose concerning the risk of appearing inconsiderate when we are so focused.  The following distinction helped me resolve the conflict:

Two Ways to Be Passionately Focused: Unaware and Aware

When we are unaware, we:

  1. put our needs ahead of everyone else’s
  2. fail to care about or notice the impact our actions have on others
  3. think success is everything

When we are aware, we:

  1. honor other’s needs as we honor our own
  2. remember that we are all in this together
  3. recognize that success without peace is not enough


(Just as useful for life’s big goals as for catching flights.)


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