I came across a beautiful post on one of the blogs I read. The topic of the blog was focus and distractions.
The author beautifully manages to put forth the very basic reason of distractions in our lives today. Being exposed to variety of information from a variety of sources – reading, movies, documentaries, web surfing, social networking, etc.
Many a times, some of the information that we come across captures our imagination and inspires us to emulate it.
Is being inspired bad? Absolutely not. But being inspired by a myriad of sources on myriad topics isn’t very effective and efficient to learn and improve substantially in any given domain.
A new inspiration with in a new domain makes us forget our previous inspiration. It makes us abandon our previous learning and line of thought that we have probably been aligned with for a while. The new inspiration causes us to deviate.
Why do we deviate? Does deviation mean that each new inspiration or idea-germ is better than the earlier one? Or have we become so fickle minded that we cannot stick with any given domain?
Everything that we are exposed to leaves some kind of impact on us, some less and some more. That doesn’t mean we should abandon the existing pursuits to pursue something new.
The very essence of learning is to stick with something and practice it long enough to be good at it, and with continued efforts and perseverance, hope to master it someday.
Each new pursuit dilutes the importance of, and potential expertise that one may attain in the existing pursuits. It is not to say that one must be mono-dimensional in life. But it does stress upon the fact that one must have a central focus that must be unadulterated by other peripheral interests. That focus can be anything.
One cannot be a photographer, a linguist, a rock climber, a singer, a script writer, a hitch hiker, a writer, a musician and so on. There is only so much that one can do and be good at.
Experiencing the flavours of life is a good thing to that point that allows you to identify things that appeals to your senses, not something at which others are glamourously good at.
The idea of this post if not to stop being exposed to all the information sources, or to stop being inspired by other’s commendable feats, but rather learning to appreciate those feats without being swayed by it. The essence is to not to be distracted and lose focus of your pursuits.
If you want, you can read the original post by Leo Babauta here