From the biography of Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson, one of my favorite stories is what he did when he came back. When he came back to Apple, Steve Jobs had presentations of the current Apple lineup of products to have an idea what Apple was offering. Reputedly, he was frustrated with what he was seeing, that at a meeting, he stopped the presentations, went to a whiteboard, and started writing. What he wrote was a box, quadrant of four. The columns are Consumer and Pro, the rows were Desktop and Portable.
For Jobs, “Deciding what not to do is an important as deciding what to do “, he said. That’s true for companies and it’s true for products.” (336, Isaacson).
For me, this scene was the beginning of Apple’s renaissance to their current success. What he taught us at this moment is simply this – once you what to do, focus on it and execute it well. Focus is important, no doubt, but focusing on too many things does not work as well.
I read an article recently on an interview with Adam Khoo on his success. Adam Khoo, in short, is a successful enterpreneur, running a gamut of business offline and online. He gave a few points about his thoughts on business and life.
The summary of the article are as follows
There is a way to generate Youtube advertising revenue.
Even though you are focused on your career and other stuff, do not forget your loved ones, especially family.
Work can make us spend time away from family, but absence makes the heart grow fonder. But, do not stay away too long though.
There are various ways to generate money online. The key is to focus on one method until it works, before moving on to another method. Too many things at the same time can lead to greater failure.
I have to agree with all of the above, especially item no 4. Been guilty of it as well.
A short post … but I want to stress the power of focus in doing business, online or offline. I have been guilty in the past of the ‘shiny object’ syndrome, where I kept buying/attending the next biggest online thing, only not getting any or little success with it. In the end, it was information overload and nothing was done.