Attention Is Without A Doubt The Most Powerful Thing There Is, Here’s Why

Concentrate, just… concentrate. I recently watched a video featuring Jordan Peterson discussing the Egyptian god Horus, who was highly revered by the Egyptians. Horus is often represented by an eye, similar to the one found atop the pyramid on the US dollar bill. The video emphasized the immense power of attention, and I believe there’s truth to that notion.

Have you ever doubted your ability to accomplish something? It happens to me frequently. In those moments, I often find myself subconsciously searching for excuses to avoid focusing on the task at hand, whether it’s a challenging project or a difficult article. However, I’ve come to realize that even if you initially lack the skills to complete a task, perseverance pays off.

The place where you can reap the most benefits from this underrated superpower is at work. What work does is present you with a problem that also proposes a solution, if you’re willing to follow the steps needed to arrive at the ideal outcome you have in mind. It’s figuring out the steps that require your attention. They emerge after a while of just focusing on the task you want to work on.

The Stoics were big on attention and living in the moment, braaaaaw! Their concern is solely what they can control, and the past, and the future, do not form a part of that list. We’re here, and here is where we need to live.

“The greatest obstacle to living is expectancy, which hangs upon tomorrow and loses today… The whole future lies in uncertainty: live immediately.” (Seneca Letters from a Stoic, 1.5)

“Concentrate every minute like a Roman — like a man — on doing what’s in front of you with precise and genuine seriousness, tenderly, willingly, with justice.” (Marcus Aurelius, Meditations, 2.5)

It is said that our attention is the most precious asset, more valuable than oil. It’s astonishing that there are people working all over Silicon Valley with the sole focus of keeping your attention for the longest time possible. However, our attention is often challenged by common distractions and obstacles to concentration, such as social media, multitasking, and constant notifications. These can make it difficult to maintain focus on what truly matters.

Ricardo Guaderrama Caraveo

Mountaineer, writer, Stoic, Gryffindor.