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'Focus' by Daniel Goleman is a self-help book that explores the power of attention and the benefits of developing better focus. It provides practical tools and tips for improving concentration, mindfulness, and productivity, backed by scientific research.

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    What is in it for me? Focus, focus, focus.

    Have you ever felt that being easily distracted is holding you back from improving your skills, doing better work and living a more fulfilling life?

    Our lives are filled with potential distractions: your smartphone, email, even your thoughts about where you’ll take your next vacation. As you let your attention become increasingly scattered by such distractions, you impair your ability to do your work on time and to do it well.

    Yet author Daniel Goleman goes beyond the narrow definition of “focus” to present a guidebook for living a focused life, according to which we can gain a richer, fuller existence by paying attention to ourselves, to others and to larger contexts, like our planet and the future.

    Drawing from a well of countless real-life examples, Focus provides many ways for the reader to enhance their level of attention, including practicing mindfulness, positive thinking and engaging in focused preparation.

    In these blinks you’ll learn why letting your mind wander can lead you to great insights but also hinder you in accomplishing your goals.

    You’ll find out why the best quality for a leader is not the ability to keep their eyes on the prize, but actually self-awareness or empathy.

    You’ll discover how to train your willpower like a muscle and how if you do something you love, seeing it through to completion requires much less effort.

    Finally, you’ll learn why when you’re stressed and can’t think straight, having a positive attitude will make a massive difference.

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    What is Focus about?

    Focus (2013) is a guidebook for nurturing today’s scarcest resource: attention. Using cutting-edge research, the book reveals that sharpening our focus in a world of endless distractions is the key to professional success and personal fulfillment. What makes Goleman’s contribution special is that the book expands the definition of “focus” beyond mere concentration and calls for a mindful life in which attention is paid to the self, to others and to the planet.

    Focus Review

    Focus (2013) by Daniel Goleman explores the power of attention and its impact on our personal and professional lives. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • It provides insightful perspectives and practical strategies to improve focus and enhance performance in an increasingly distracted world.
    • By combining scientific research, case studies, and personal experiences, the book offers a comprehensive understanding of the importance of concentration.
    • Goleman's accessible writing style makes complex concepts easy to grasp, ensuring that the exploration of attention is anything but boring.

    Who should read Focus?

    • Workers and students who wish to improve their focus and productivity
    • Anyone who wants to learn the secret of living a focused, mindful life
    • Leaders who want to channel their vision effectively and improve their relationships with employees

    About the Author

    Daniel Goleman is a psychologist and a former science journalist for the New York Times and the author of 13 books, including the bestseller Emotional Intelligence. He also lectures frequently for professionals and student groups.

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    Focus FAQs 

    What is the main message of Focus?

    The main message of Focus is that cultivating focus can lead to greater success and fulfillment in life.

    How long does it take to read Focus?

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    Is Focus a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Focus is a valuable read for anyone wanting to improve their focus and concentration. It offers practical strategies and insights for achieving greater productivity and well-being.

    Who is the author of Focus?

    The author of Focus is Daniel Goleman.

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