Begin. Finish. Go Deep.
The first book is by my friend and colleague, Michael Bungay Stanier titled How to Begin: Start Doing Something That Matters (Page Two), published by Page Two. Michael lays out three parts. One is define a worthy goal, two is commit, three is cross the threshold. In typical Michael style, he lays things out simply and elegantly.
Let’s say you’ve set your worthy goal, you’ve started to commit, you want cross the threshold.
“Our innate talent, creativity, and drive combined with discipline are what make us forces of nature.”
Let’s say you’re still needing some perspective on how to sustain your attention on what we would call your deep work. “Deep work” was coined and really owned in part by Cal. Now Cal is a professor of computer science at Georgetown University, sort of has the fame of never having a social media account and yet has been extremely influential as a thought leader. Every book he’s published, I’ve benefited from.
One of my favorite sections is in the chapter on working deeply where he reviews different disciplines.
The first discipline is focus on the wildly important, and this is very complimentary to Michael’s worthy goals and some of the frameworks in Charlie’s book Start Finishing, which is really to focus on what is most important, but this has a slight twist on the wildly important.