Words of Wisdom: “Focus on the Goal”-Idris Elba

Idris Elba

I hope you all really are inspired by today’s Words of Wisdom video…this time from Idris Elba!

Idris talks for a moment of not being afraid of failure, but he also discusses the importance of focusing on your goals and not looking around at what other people are doing, or even how far you have to go. The actor brings up his swimming laps in a pool, admitting that he keeps his head down and just focuses on reaching the end. Guaranteed, if he pauses to lift his head up and start focusing on the laps left or maybe even other people swimming around him, he gets tired quickly and more likely to give up.

My dad always tells me to just keep plugging away towards my true goals in life. I’ll be honest, though. A lot of times, I still get caught up a little in what other people seem to be doing or how far they’ve gotten. I’ll look at where I am at, and how far I have to go, and it can become discouraging sometimes. So I’m learning to put my head down, and focus on just putting in the work. I can’t worry about what other people are doing, or even what all I have left to do, because it doesn’t help me long term. It just takes my eyes off of the current work at hand!

I encourage you all to keep your eyes on the ultimate prize and keep plugging away. Don’t pay attention to what other people have going on. Worry about what YOU have going on, and get to work! 

Watch Idris’ wise message below…


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