Sometimes what you don’t do is just as important as what you do.

Working hard is important. But more effort does not necessarily yield more results. “Less but better” does.

When we do too many things, we spread ourselves too thin, achieving too little.

When we curate TEDx speakers, the number one rule is choose one idea you want to talk about and go deep on it.

This is a challenge when you are curating someone who have too many ideas and want to lump all their 15 years of knowledge and various ideas into an 18 minutes talk.

Choosing one thing and one thing only means doing justice on it, instead of wanting to cram 5 ideas into one talk and end up pitching all those 5 ideas averagely.

Dividing your energy into many different activities, results in unfulfilling experience of making a millimeter of progress in a million directions.

By narrowing your focus on few activities, we have the satisfying experience of making significant progress in the things that matter.

The aim is to omit everything superflous so that the essential is shown to the best possible advantage.

The same applies to life. When we try to do too many things at the same, we end up doing average work on other what matters.

Learning how to do less but better so you can achieve the highest possible return on every precious moment of your life is what matters.

Multi-tasking is a myth.

In his book This Essentialism: The Discipline Pursuit of Less, author Greg McKeown shares a story about a couple who had an amazing marriage and family. When he asked what is their secret? One of the things he told them was that he and his wife had decided not to be part of any clubs. He didn’t join the local golf club. She didn’t join the book clubs. It wasn’t that they had no interest in those things. It was simply that they made the trade-off to spend that time with their children.

Making a trade off means, choosing what is more important and focusing on it.

Sometimes what you don’t do is just as important as what you do.

The main question is: What are you willing to go big on? You can’t go big on everything, you need to choose that one or few things at a time.

If you try to be everything to everyone you end up being nothing to nobody.

Like a TEDx talk, choose one thing and go deep on it.

You want to go deep? Focus on one thing only. You have the permission to do less, but better.

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