Focus and Noise

Focus and Noise

In another post, I compared how spirituality and entrepreneurship are the same. They are different in one aspect, though, and that is the noise level. Let me explain.

As you grow deeper and deeper in Dhamma, the level of noise slowly goes down. This change is permanent and you start exploring deeper and deeper. There is some external noise sometimes, but it’s off and on.

In entrepreneurship, as you grow the external noise does keep continuously increasing. If you focus on the noise/distractions and on reducing it, you become an operational CEO. There are a lot of reasons this noise comes, a few being market fluctuations, legal issues, immigration, HR issues and last but not least vested interests.

But what solves this problem is not trying to reduce the noise but to keep your focus steadfastly fixed on  your goal. Mostly it’s growth. Sometimes it can be profitability, and sometimes customer acquisition.

Another way to look at it is the difference between business and busyness.

Don’t mistake movement for achievement. It’s easy to get faked out by being busy. The question is: Busy doing what? –Jim Rohn

Jim hit it right. I sometimes tell my entrepreneur friends that if you get a few hours a day when you have nothing to do, you should pat yourself on the back. A CEO getting a chunk of time in which he is not busy dealing with operations is a blessing. This time can be enough for him or her to see the forest from the trees.