Focus

Focus

The Hidden Driver of Excellence

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Baker & Taylor
Drawing on cutting-edge research along with practical findings, this landmark book on the science of attention reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers, and urges readers to pay attention to what matters to them most. 200,000 first printing.

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In Focus, Psychologist and journalist Daniel Goleman, author of the #1 international bestseller Emotional Intelligence, offers a groundbreaking look at today’s scarcest resource and the secret to high performance and fulfillment: attention.

Combining cutting-edge research with practical findings, Focus delves into the science of attention in all its varieties, presenting a long overdue discussion of this little-noticed and under-rated mental asset. In an era of unstoppable distractions, Goleman persuasively argues that now more than ever we must learn to sharpen focus if we are to survive in a complex world.

Goleman boils down attention research into a threesome: inner, other, and outer focus. Drawing on rich case studies from fields as diverse as competitive sports, education, the arts, and business, he shows why high-achievers need all three kinds of focus, and explains how those who rely on Smart Practices—mindfulness meditation, focused preparation and recovery, positive emotions and connections, and mental “prosthetics” that help them improve habits, add new skills, and sustain greatness—excel while others do not.



Baker
& Taylor

Drawing on cutting-edge research along with practical findings, this landmark exploration of the science of attention reveals what distinguishes experts from amateurs and stars from average performers.

Publisher: New York : Harper, [2013]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2013
ISBN: 9780062114860
Branch Call Number: 153.733 Gol
Characteristics: vii, 311 pagess ; 24 cm

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Marmarovas
Apr 17, 2017

This book is a combination of narratives of some (vague) stories to give context to a brain topic. Although there are many things you can learn about your brain with this book, it does not focus on focus at all! So if you are looking for some advice or strategies on how to focus, this is not the right book.

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samkung2000
Jan 18, 2017

title is Focus, content is out of focus!

adamgcotton Apr 21, 2015

So help me...if I have to read one more non-fiction book that name-checks Daniel Kahneman as if the author is best buddies with him...

These days you really can write a bestselling non-fiction book that is about everything and nothing and particular, centered around a tautological pet theory that explains and solves everything, by simply summarizing snippets from Kahneman, Antonio Dimasio, Gladwell, Taleb, etc etc. It seems that we are all reading the same book over and over again. It reads like a long, tedious magazine article. This book has no focus, which is too ironic to even be funny.
This is one of an endless string of books that both softly 'warns' about some effect of technology, but rationalizes and apologizes for it, and generally rides the wave to the author's profit.

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TomHoy
Dec 28, 2013

I go to Amazon.com for reviews and I've put down a 5 stars and a 1 star for comparision,.....5.0 out of 5 stars A must read for all who want to achieve their goals, December 25, 2013........... Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence..... This books identifies reasons for lack of focus, identifies tools by which focus can be achieved and then takes the readr through the process. While reading it appears as if the author is seeting beside you and guiding you through the process. It is a unique book in this respect............................................. 5.0 out of 5 stars Great study on the science and practice of focus., December 19, 2013 .....Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence....... Another careful study by Daniel Goleman. He looks in detail at how the brain works focus. He studies what prevents focus and the consequences of not focusing. ....................This is not a book of just anecdotal tip and tricks, but a fairly in depth study of the subject. here are some useful strategies and practices.....................If you want a quick feel good book this isn't it, but if you want a week long peek inside your head this is great. ------------------------------------------- 2.0 out of 5 stars Unfocused Book, August 30, 2013-----Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence-------I agree with the two star reviews on this book so far and they also reinforced my opinion exactly. --------------------------------------------Daniel Goleman is a very intelligent writer and can easily go through many topic areas in great detail, and there in lies the problem. I got this book based on the title "Focus" "The Hidden Driver of Excellence" I was looking forward to the writers insights on this very crucial area of life an success, ironically this book was very unfocused itself.---------------------------------------------- I do not even know how to review it based on its content because it was all over the place.--------------------------------------------- The book is like a group of essays on different topics put together. It really lacked clarity of thought or how to tie any principles together to give the reader insight into how to focus on anything.-------------------------------------------------------------------------- The thing that really bothered me was political topics dropped into the book like Global Warming which can still be easily debated and the need to solve all the world's problems through taking from some and giving to others.--------------------------------------------------------------- The book read like it was written by a sheltered academic with little real world working knowledge of how to make big things happen with focus outside the gathering of facts and writing papers. -----------------------------------------------------------This is just my perception and personal opinion after reading this book, I am very disappointed I could not follow his train of thought.

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