Concern, Influence & Focus

The Idea

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The relation between what you care about and what you can control should determine where you focus your energy.

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Mental Models

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Taking Action

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There are many aspects we care about in our lives. But only some of those, we have control over.

Likewise, we can exert control over many different aspects of life. But only some of those, we actually care about.

Our energy is best put where the two overlap.

"The world does not respond to need. It responds to seed."

— Jim Rohn

"God, grant me the serenity to accept the things I can't change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference."

— Reinhold Niebuhr

“The more you pay attention to which of the things within your Circle of Influence actually are of concern for your life, the more you can focus your energy on what will actually make your life better."

— Philipp Hagspiel

Explore

➞ For a clear perspective on how influence and concern come together, check out this article.

Resources

If this idea resonates with you, some of these resources might add value to your life.

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The Power Of Habit
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Atomic Habits
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James Clear
12 Rules For Life
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Jordan B. Peterson
The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck
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Mark Manson
Managing Oneself
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Peter F. Drucker
You - The 4 Pillars of Self-Determination
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Philipp Hagspiel
Principles
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Ray Dalio
59 Seconds - Think A Little Change A Lot
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Richard Wiseman
Influence - The Psychology Of Persuasion
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Robert B. Cialdini
The Great Mental Models (vol. 2)
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Shane Parrish
The Great Mental Models (vol. 1)
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Start With Why
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Simon Sinek
The 7 Habits Of Highly Effective People
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Benjamin Hardy
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Benjamin Hardy
James Clear
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James Clear
Farnam Street
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You Are Not So Smart
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David McRaney
North Star Podcast
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David Perell
The Daily Stoic
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Ryan Holiday
Akimbo
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Seth Godin
The Knowledge Project
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Shane Parrish
The Tim Ferriss Show
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Tim Ferriss
Your Undivided Attention
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Tristan Harris
Hidden Brain
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Wireless Philosophy
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Primer
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Sadhguru
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Mindshine
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