Own your attention

Sometimes I read things that really elegantly crystallise what I’ve been thinking myself. Thoughts that until that moment I haven’t been able to articulate.

Most recently, this happened with a new personal piece by Jonathan Harris on overcoming creative block, entitled 'Navigating stuckness'. I really recommend reading the entire article, but this is the take away that resonates with me and feels like a natural extension of my previous post.

We have these brief lives, and our only real choice is how we will fill them. Your attention is precious.

Don’t squander it. Don’t throw it away. Don’t let companies and products steal it from you. Don’t let advertisers trick you into lusting after things you don’t need. Don’t let the media convince you to covet the lives of celebrities.

Own your attention — it’s all you really have.

Jonathan Harris in 'Navigating stuckness'

It pays to remind ourselves how lucky we are to have the freedom to choose how we spend our time. It's a privilege we shouldn't waste.

Own your attention — it’s all you really have.