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Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.
— T. S. Eliot

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At any moment in time there can be only ONE Thing.
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Surround yourself only with people who are going to lift you higher.
— Oprah Winfrey

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No one succeeds alone and no one fails alone. Pay attention to the people around you. Seek out those who will support your goals, and show the door to anyone who won't.
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The art being wise is the art of knowing what to overlook.
— William James

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Anything you build on a large scale or with intense passion invites chaos.
— Francis Ford Coppola

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Someone once told me that one "yes" must be defended over time by 1,000 "nos."
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Focus is a matter of deciding what things you're not going to do.
— John Carmack

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In his landmark book Mastery, George Leonard tells the story of Jigoro Kano, the founder of judo. According to legend, as Kano approached death, he called his students around him and asked to be buried in his white belt.
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If the people knew how hard I had to work to gain my mastery, it wouldn't seem wonderful at all.
— Michelangelo

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Ericsson essentially gave us our first real insights into mastery and birthed the idea of the "10,000-hour rule."
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That's the journey of mastery – it never ends.
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Since there is always another level to learn, mastery actually means you're a master of what you know and an apprentice of what you don't. In other words, we become masters of what is behind us and apprentices for what is ahead. This is why mastery is a journey.
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Nobody who ever gave his best regretted it.
— George Halas

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The people who achieve extraordinary results don't achieve them by working more hours. They achieve them by getting more done in the hours they work.
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Time blocking works only when your mantra is "Nothing and no one has permission to distract me from my ONE Thing."
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The immortal Ernest Hemingway kept a strict writing schedule starting at seven every morning in his bedroom. The mortal but still immensely talented business author Dan Heath "bought an old laptop, deleted all its browsers, and, for good measure, deleted its wireless network drivers" and would take his "way-back machine", to a coffee shop to avoid distractions. Between the two extremes, you could just find a vacant room and simply close the door.
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Until My ONE Thing Is Done – Everything Else Is A Distraction!
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Perseverance is not a long race; it is many short races one after another.
— Walter Elliot

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Your only job is to not break the chain. Don't break the chain.
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To experience extraordinary results, be a maker in the morning and a manager in the afternoon.
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In the end, she had to borrow a laptop and book a conference room to escape "drive-bys" and random, nonurgent requests.
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In On Writing, Stephen King describes his work flow: "My own schedule is pretty clear-cut. Mornings belong to whatever is new – the current composition. Afternoons are for naps and letters. Evenings are for reading, family, Red Sox games on TV; and any revisions that just cannot wait. Basically mornings are my prime writing time." Four hours a day may scare you more than King's novels, but you can't argue with his results. Stephen King is one of the most successful and prolific writers of our time.
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My recommendation is to block four hours a day. This isn't a typo. I repeat: four hours a day. Honestly, that's the minimum. If you can do more, then do it.
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The most productive people work on event time. They don't quit until their One Thing is done.
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In A Geography of Time, Robert Levine points out that most people work on "clock" time – "It's five o'clock, I'll see you tomorrow" – while others work on "event" time – "My work is done when it's done."
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Resting is as important as working.
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If disproportionate results come from one activity, then you must give that one activity disproportionate time. Each and every day, ask this Focusing Question for your blocked time: "Today, what's the One Thing I can do for my One Thing such that by doing it everything else will be easier or unnecessary?" When you find the answer, you'll be doing the most leveraged activity for your most leveraged work.
This is how results become extraordinary.

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Time blocking harnesses your energy and centers it on your most important work. It's productivity's greatest power tool.
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Concentrate all your thoughts upon the work at hand. The sun's rays do not burn until brought to a focus.
— Graham Bell

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The goal is no longer to get more done, but rather to have less to do.
— Francine Jay

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The most successful people are the most productive people.
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Productivity isn't about being a workhorse, keeping busy or burning the midnight oil... It's more about priorities, planning, and fiercely protecting your time.
— Margarita Tartakovsky

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Those who wrote down their goals were 39.5 percent more likely to accomplish them.
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It's why most people never get closes to their goals. They haven't connected today to all the tomorrows it will take to get there.
Connect today to all your tomorrows. It matters.

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It's an ordinary occurrence, oddly named hyperbolic discounting – the farther away a reward is in the future, the smaller the immediate motivation to achieve it.
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To be precise, the word is priority – not priorities – and it originated in the 14th century from the Latin prior, meaning "first." If something mattered the most it was a "priority." Curiously, priority remained unpluralized until around the 20th century, when the world apparently demoted it to mean generally "something that matters" and the plural "priorities" appeared.
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Purpose without priority is powerless.
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Sticking with something long enough for success to show up is a fondamental requirement for achieving extra-ordinary results.
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Happiness happens on the way to fulfillment.
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Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.
— George Bernard Shaw

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In business, profit and productivity are also driven by priority and purpose.
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Productivity is driven by purpose and priority.
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Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there.
— Will Rogers

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The research and experience of others is the best place to start when looking for your answer.
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Extraordinary results require a Great Answer.
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People do not decide their futures, they decide their habits and their habits decide their futuress.
— F.M. Alexander

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The Small-Focus Question: What's my ONE Thing right now? Use this when you first wake up and throughout the day. It keeps you focused on your most important work and, whenever you need it, helps you find the "levered action" or first domino in any activity.
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The Focusing Question asks you to find the first domino and focus on it exclusively until you knock it over.
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Give me a lever long enough and I could move the world.
— Archimedes

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