What NFL Receivers Can Teach Us About the Importance of Focus

Drop ballFocus is critical to the accomplishment of any task we set our mind to.  The problem is that so few of us these days can seem to stay focused for long.  We can’t even watch a television show all the way through without surfing channels to see what else is on.  Our whole culture seems to be afflicted with ADD.  The problem exists in our businesses too.  We often hop from idea to idea and from product to product.

A longtime business friend of mine sends me a motivational or leadership book every Christmas.   This year the book was “EntreLeadership” by Dave Ramsey.  The sub-title of the book is “20 Years of Practical Business Wisdom from the Trenches”.  This is going to be a great read based upon the page I randomly opened the book to.  In that section of the book, Dave Ramsey was writing about the importance of focus.

He related how standing on the sidelines at an NFL rookie camp impressed upon him the speed and violence of the game and the “physical intelligence” of the players.   “Those men can do things with their bodies and a football in a nonosecond that blows your mind.”  He asked a veteran receiver “How is it that you get paid ten million dollars a year to do one thing, catch a football, and then sometimes you drop it?”

The player answered that if the ball is thrown correctly there is only one reason that the ball would not be caught: loss of focus.  He said that there are two main reasons receivers lose focus:  fear and greed.  Continue reading What NFL Receivers Can Teach Us About the Importance of Focus

Stop Farting Around And Work Your Business

The fartiste Le PetomaneMany entrepreneurs, especially those of us who run our own business from home, such as in network marketing, must be especially wary not to fall into the trap of procrastination.  We can find all kinds of things to do instead while putting off working our business. 

Procrastination affects all of us to some degree.  With some it is a minor problem while with others procrastination is a source of considerable stress and anxiety.  Instead of working our business, we’re “farting around”, putting off doing what we know we need to do to achieve success in our business.

Network marketers sometimes procrastinate and put off important activities like prospecting, marketing, getting that meeting flyer out, making phone calls, or making presentations.  That FaceBook fan page can wait for awhile.  The same thing goes for attending a weekly meeting or writing that blog article we’ve been thinking about.

The only person who ever made money by “farting around” was Joseph Pujol, a Frenchman known as Le Petomane, which translates roughly to “fartiste”.  He could pass wind at will and vary the sound of his “fart impressions”.  He became the toast of France performing on stage for the first time in Marseilles in 1887, and going on to Paris where he performed at the Moulin Rouge.

For us others, unfortunately “farting around” by procrastinating will make us broke rather than rich and famous.  Continue reading Stop Farting Around And Work Your Business