What’s a Focus?

Focus. What do you think of when you read the word? What example would you give me to define “Focus”? Think about it for a moment.

Here’s the dictionary definition of Focus.

fo·cus /ˈfōkəs/
Noun: the center of interest or activity.
Verb: the act of concentrating interest or activity on something.

Straight forward, right?

If you’re like most people, the more you think though, the “narrower” your definition, likely arriving at an example of singular focus. Maybe a laser beam. Or an athlete’s relentless pursuit of an Olympic medal. Perhaps a microscope focused on a single cell?

But…is a wide-angle camera lens capturing the breadth of the Milky Way any less focused?

Whether narrow or wide, focus provides us with insight, understanding and direction. A microscope, a telescope, a wide-angle camera lens, or a magnifying glass all have the ability to focus. Each with strengths and weaknesses depending on the situation.

What about you? How do you apply focus to your career, education, relationships, choices, and life so that you can see clearly?

Me. I see the big picture. Maybe you’re someone that focuses on details – every “I” dotted and “T” crossed – which is cool. We can probably help each other see through our inherent blind spots.

Frequently, however, we assess our individual value based on situations where we don’t perform as well as we’d like – and all too often because we compare ourselves to others. A microscope isn’t a failure because it can’t capture a beautiful landscape, nor is a telescope worthless because of its inability to reveal an individual cell.

“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.”


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