Focusing on Your Idea, and the Benefits of Distraction

Paul Graham wrote about the ideas that preoccupy our minds.  He has observed that we will typically focus on an idea that we always think about.  For entrepreneurs, it will be your product or business, and how to continually improve it, market it, and sell it.  The problem that arises is when we are distracted from this one main idea we have on our minds.  His example is raising money for your business.  Businesses that start to raise money tend to slow down progress in developing their products.  This is because raising money becomes the main idea.

I completely agree with this.  I will obsess over my latest idea and get irritated when I’m distracted by other things I have to dedicate a lot of time to.  The point that Paul makes about being distracted is a good one though.  Being distracted from your main idea gives your mind a moment to breathe.  Solutions to problems or road blocks you may have run into tend to come out of thin air when you are NOT consciously thinking about your main idea.

Read Paul Graham’s post: The Top Idea In Your Mind

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