Note: This is a post about the day 18 of the Thirty Days of Focus, see the introductory post for more details.
It feels like I have got distracted from the Focus challenge. In between planning the final months of the PhD project, contemplating a move to Hamburg, learning to interact with strangers, taking lessons on the violin and taking care of the food I eat, the priorities and the reasons for making each individual thing became blurred again.
At the same time, I am now reading a book about how to make it in the experts industry, and this is one of the points that shouts at me: to become an expert, you must choose a topic and immerse yourself in hard work on it, while NOT focusing on other topics. When you reach some results in the chosen topic and are able to put a foundation of your business upon these results, only then you may take another topic and develop your expertise in it.
I am wondering, which topic I would like to choose first. Similar making a career choice, it seems that one of the topics fits better with my life experiences and current knowledge, but I don’t feel like I really want to devote a big part of my future time and efforts to it (and I’m actually not speaking of software development or anything having to do with knowledge given to me by my formal education). And there are a few topics on which I still feel like a total beginner (though it’s not true) and feel less sure that anyone will care, but actually might be more personally interested in digging deeper…
Today, I made a few changed all over the place. The new part (day 16, day 17 part 2) moved to the beginning, section C (day 12, days 13-14, day 15) doubled in size, in section G (day 15) I cleaned up a few things to make it more even, and also turned the duplets into triplets. Here is the resulting score: day 18 score.
By the way, the phrase that I recalled yesterday (day 17), today I have heard it quoted by Tim Ferris in one of his talks, and its author is Antoine de Saint-Exupéry. It goes:
Perfection is achieved not when there’s nothing to add but when there’s nothing to take away.