Many Visionaries of today discovered their own definitions of freedom, founded on the strength and the history of not holding nothing back in PAYING ATTENTION to find their creative flow and rather than seeking attention. As a passionate Philanthropist, and a human rights advocate, global business management consultant, media and public relations practitioner, I have quietly been in situations where I have come to realize that getting attention is very different from paying attention to the things that matters and paying attention makes you focus-driven and keeps you on track to be more successful. While getting attention or seeking attention keeps you out of track and you are most likely to lose your creativity and focus.
Gone are the days when someone only with a very high IQ or unique skills grabbed attention, thanks to “cool apps”, anyone today is equally eligible for “getting attention”. This attention-seeking has really made a lot of people who want “instant gratification or attention” suffer from depression, failure, stress, anxiety, and other mental disorders or issues when they don’t get the attention they seek. And at this point, they tend to lose their mind and individual creativity. The wrong use of social media has made a lot of creative minds who are supposed to be paying attention to their creative flow and being productive to be chasing attention rather than paying attention to the things that will grow their lives, businesses and connect their creativities, skills, potentials, ideas, intellectual properties/abilities to the needed opportunities.
This brings to mind one of my absolute favorite books in my village hut, “The One Thing” by one of my best authors, Gary Keller. That book helped change my life and empowered me to focus my attention on what actually matters. Ask yourself, not ” what do I want to do”, but how about, “who do I want to be?” What do I want to do is focused more on a task, whereas “who do I want to be” is focused more on identity or even quality of life. Another way to put it is, “how do I want to be remembered” or “what do I want to be known for?”, “Am I doing it for the fun of it to get attention or investing my time, energy, resources, contacts, talent to grow my brand, business, pay my bills and expand my other businesses or bring into a reality other business ideas or projects?”.
Again, identity is far more than a task, or job, or a career it’s more so centered on purpose, vision, mission, and, again identity. So, do you want to seek attention or do you want to be the attention? What do you want to be remembered for? Or do you want to just seek attention to be known for nothing meaningful, or do you want to get all the attention, lose your creative flow, have nothing meaningful to offer, and not pay attention to be successful? You need to be very focus-driven and not attention-driven or even power-driven.
If you seek less attention, you pay more attention to the things that matter and you become very successful in life.