You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks.” – Winston Churchill

Success, particularly as an Entrepreneur or Virtuoso, demands obsession. In order to succeed in whatever it is you do, you must become fanatically obsessed with one thing for a long period of time. Obsession creates a laser-like focus enabling you to ignore anything that distracts you from your obsession.

This is one of the many reasons why very successful leaders rely on a team. The team is delegated with the task of dealing with the distractions, so the leader can focus.

In my research, I saw this fundamental law of success at work. Every self-made Entrepreneur and Virtuoso was obsessed with and focused on only one thing at a time.

Pursuing a dream, starting a new business, mastering a new skill or taking on some stretch project/initiative triggers obsession. An obsession that could last months, years or even a lifetime.

As Winston Churchill so aptly put it in the above quote, if you are pursuing something important you must see it through to the end and not let anything distract you. Distractions are everywhere. They derail you on your journey and shift your focus away from what’s important. Distractions seduce you into taking your eye off the ball and distsractions make success impossible.

Successful people become successful because they take one thing and beat it into submission. They obsess over it until they master it. And they avoid distractions.

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Tom Corley

Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner, public speaker and author of the books “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals” and “RichKids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life“.  Corley’s work has appeared on CNN, USA Today, The Huffington Post, SUCCESS Magazine, and many other media outlets and podcasts in the U.S. and 27 other countries. Tom is a frequent contributor to Business Insider and CNBC.

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