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To succeed in life, you need just one thing

If that’s true, then the best diet is the simplest one. So I asked myself: what’s the one thing I can change that will make the biggest difference in my calorie consumption? Everyone has one thing.

via blogs.harvardbusiness.org

When Peter Bregman says “everyone,” he means everyone and everything. His suggestion is, well, quite singular: To be successful in life—whether you are dieting, starting a business, or even planning a sabbatical—the trick is to identify the one thing that carries the most influence and pour your existence into that one task. He writes:

Typically, people overwhelm themselves with tasks in their eagerness to make a change successfully. But that’s a mistake. Instead, they should take the time up front to figure out the one and only thing that will have the highest impact and then focus 100% of their effort on that one thing.

What would happen in your professional or personal life if you concentrated on one single, ragingly important aspect? What would that be? A thought-provoking and important question for anyone.

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  • ScottEdWalker

    As a corporate attorney specializing in the representation of entrepreneurs, I think it is a matter of making your goal (whatever it is) the number one priority in your life. I remember what my old tennis coach Harry Hopman used to preach: “it all comes down to one word – desire. How badly do you want it? How much are you willing to sacrifice?” Indeed, I love the quote from Ratan Tata (chairman of Tata Group, India’s largest conglomerate) in the Wall Street Journal a couple of weeks ago: “I really believe that there is a great strength in American capitalism that cannot be destroyed. It exists in the ability of anybody to be successful if they have the tenacity to do so.” Tenacity – that’s the word. Cheers, Scott