2 reasons you can’t stick to one thing

By Ed Latimore Last modified

The secret of accomplishment is to focus on completing one thing at a time. Multitasking is for losers. What follows is a response is a short response I gave to someone on Facebook who asked why they can’t ever master one thing. It doesn’t go very in-depth, but it does provide some key gems of insight.

People to become a “jack of all trades” for many reasons. This is unfortunate because there is far more money and opportunity in the mastery of one or two activities. The rationale for taking this deceivingly ‘diverse’ path is usually a combination of boredom and fear.

It’s a grievous truth that some people are boring. We pity them for being this way, but the cause of this boredom is simply a lack of curiosity. Individuals plagued by this mindset will never be unsatisfied with any endeavor.

Their life is a chasm of failure and abandoned motivation. It’s disappointing to watch a person incapable of mastery, because of their short attention span. This is the type of person that would rather watch Netflix than read a book.

The second reason is fear. The average person has a frail ego. They crumble at the slightest setback. These people would rather quit than suffer the INEVITABLE pain of the mistakes that come with learning. I used to think this was an issue of arrogance and lack of humility in people. I still do, but the difference is that I realize those are symptoms, not causes.

The real cause is fear of pain and embarrassment.

The solution to both of these problems is the same: self-discipline and will-power. You need to differentiate yourself and sustain that change. I don’t know which problem afflicts you, but rest assured it is one or both.

Just remember: the journey of a thousand miles ends no matter how slow and painful, but the reason you started is to reach the finish line.