Three Examples of Focus as the Key Ingredient to Success
People think they need to be more, do more, or have more to be successful. But that’s not how life is. Focus is the key ingredient. And focus means priorities. That’s why less is more every time.
You don’t have to be all things to all people. You don’t have to do everything all the time. And you don’t have to have more to be all you can be. It all comes down to your priorities.
Here are three examples where focus is the key ingredient to success.
Tom and Chee is a unique grilled cheese and tomato soup shop. In addition to the basic soup and sandwich fare you would expect, they have many fun variations on that theme including the Mac Daddy macaroni and cheese sandwich and their own original grilled cheese donuts.
In Shark Tank’s fourth season, Tom and Chee founders Corey Ward and Trew Quackenbush made a deal with Barbara Corcoran. Since then the restaurant chain has grown tremendously. In 2014, Cincinnati Mayor John Cranley proclaimed December 3 to be Tom and Chee Day. Today they have 23 locations in 14 states, with plans to expand to all 50 states and even internationally.
Their basic menu shows that you don’t have to be all things to all people. Creating a niche offering allows you to specialize and cater to a specific clientele. Tom and Chee is a great example of less is more.
In his book Digital Cocaine, Brad Huddleston tells how multi-tasking actually harms how much you are able to accomplish. The research shows that the more that you multi-task, the less competent you become at trying to do multiple things at the same time.
In reality, you are not multi-tasking; you are just task switching. And you can’t do either task as well if you are constantly switching back and forth between them.
Brad Huddleston’s research shows you don’t have to try to do everything all the time. Focusing on one thing at a time will actually help you get more done over time. Another reason why less is more.
The film Minimalism is subtitled “A Documentary About the Important Things.” This 2016 release interviews “people dedicated to rejecting the American ideal that things bring happiness.” (Source: Netflix)
The film analyzes the American fixation on compulsory consumption, the constant focus on keeping up with the Joneses. It encourages people to take control of their lifestyles, instead of their lifestyles taking control of them.
This film demonstrates that you do not have to have more to become fulfilled. Instead, you will be happier if you own fewer things because then your things will not own you. One more reason that less is more.
Focusing on fewer things and will help you become more of who you want to be, accomplish more of real value, and gain more peace in this consumer culture. As these three examples demonstrate, less really is more.