The Secret Of Success — Intellectual Concentration

From November 20, 1910

THE SECRET OF SUCCESS -- INTELLECTUAL CONCENTRATION

THE SECRET OF SUCCESS — INTELLECTUAL CONCENTRATION: Notable Cases Where Men Won Fame and Fortune Through Absorbing Self-Communing — Edison, Keene, Pupin, Hewitt, Westinghouse and Gould as Examples (PDF)

The point of this article is that the most successful people spend periods of time in silent concentration without interruption. As described, it seems like meditation for some, or just some quiet thinking time for others. These days it’s hard to find a prolonged period of silence in which to concentrate, with so many beeping, buzzing, and ringing distractions coming from the computers in our pockets and on our desks.

It reminds me that I’ve been meaning to try out the Freedom app, available for Mac and Windows computers. It costs a few dollars to purchase, and it has one function: it disables your computer’s network ability for a predetermined set of time. With no internet, you can concentrate without distractions, and without temptation to browse around the web procrastinating. I think I’ll give it a try, and see if I too can win fame and fortune through concentration.

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Written by David

November 19th, 2010 at 10:00 am

Posted in Business,Life

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  1. Instead of Freedom, check out SelfControl, which lets you specify a list of websites to block. I need my internet connection, but I need to be protected from Slashdot, Salon, Facebook. Works great, is free.

    VicDiesel

    19 Nov 10 at 11:48 AM

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