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Energy, Focus, Intellect -> Excellence

Earlier this year, I was blown away by A Curious Mind: The Secret to a Bigger Life; I haven't read the book yet. 

But the idea that a person - a very successful, very busy person - for ~30 years took the time to meet interesting people from all sorts of different fields, and as he put it "live a bigger life" as a result of it is just so impressive to me. 

It's a fantastic lesson in prioritizing things in your life, and following your curiosity. The book is on my reading list - but that isn't what this post is about. 

I heard three Brian Grazer interviews (the Daily Show, the Nerdist and Bill Simmons) over the last couple of months and he impressed me in each -  not just because he wasn't content being the dude behind some of the greatest movies of all time, and responsible (indirectly) for the founding of Netflix and he is the mastermind behind Empire.

But a comment he made on the Nerdist, has stuck with me the last few weeks. He said (paraphrasing) - "Excellence is generally determined by Energy, Focus, Intellect" 

The more I think about it, the more true it feels.

Luck helps too, but

  • just one of the above is rarely enough to get anyone anywhere
  • two results in good, but not great. 
  • If you have all three going, you have the best shot at being exceptional


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Whimsy when I changed my profile picture...

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Later in the day, two people on my team had changed their profile pictures to these.. :-)

It made my day!

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