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Preface

Preface

People often ask how I got started speaking and writing on the topic of concentration. A few years ago, I was reading the sports section of a major newspaper and noticed that the word “concentration” was used six times on one page. In one article, a golfer said it was why she had been able to win a major tournament. In another story, a coach blamed his team’s slump on a lack of concentration.

It was intriguing. Experts seemed to agree that concentration was a key to performance, often the difference between winning and losing, yet I had never seen any books or seminars on this important topic. I decided to do some research and started interviewing people who were good at what they did. Whether they were surgeons, musicians, athletes, actors, executives or artists, all agreed that concentration played a major role in their success.

What I discovered during my research should be good news for anyone who ever said “I wish I could concentrate better!” Believe me, you can! Concentration is not a mystery talent. It is not a gene you’re either blessed with or not. It is simply a skill that everyone can acquire—if they put their mind to it. (Pun intended!) This book provides practical, step-by-step strategies you can learn that will help you concentrate better in all areas of your life, at work or at play. You will also discover how to help other people acquire this important ability.

This is a workbook in the real sense of the word. It should be read with pencil in hand. Underline ideas that are particularly relevant for you. If you see an idea and think “I already know that,” remember that “to know and not to do—is not to know at all.” The point is, “are you doing it? Could it help if you did?” Invest the time to answer the questions and complete the exercises and you will comprehend and retain the information because you are actively involved. More importantly, by writing down exactly how you plan to use the ideas presented, you will be more likely to follow through on your good intentions and take action.

Enjoy! I hope you find this an adventure of self discovery and growth. May this recipe for concentration also serve as a prescription for a healthy and productive life.


Sam Horn

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