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Why Being Narrow Minded Can Be A Good Thing

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nate Fancher on the CMB Podcast. During the interview Nate asked me what was my biggest struggle with running my business. As I began to ponder and spend a moment in deep self reflection I became readily aware of what it was; a lack of focus due to not being narrow minded!

Over the past few years I have gradually began to overextend myself with tasks for my business. While it has been rewarding financially it has also caused me to start losing focus on what my primary objectives were in the first place. I have come to the realization that I need to be more narrow minded in order to be more effective in my pursuits!

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What does it mean to be narrow minded?

Usually being narrow minded has negative connotations attached to it. We usually think of narrow minded people as dumb, unenlightened & stubborn. I once thought this same way but I have come to the realization that those attributes are characteristics in and of themselves and do not define what being narrow minded actually is.

If you look at some of the people you consider to be the most talented, intelligent, or influential you will most likely realize that they became narrow narrow mindedminded in order to focus and grow in whatever it is that they set out to do. Being narrow minded isn’t a weakness it is a strength. It takes great discipline, determination & sacrifice.

How can one become narrow minded?

Whether you realize it or not, every day there is a war going on for your attention. As you ride down the street you are constantly greeted with billboards suggesting you to consider their offer.  As you’re shopping in the store commercials are periodically ran over the speakers. Once you get home and try to unwind and watch some television you are yet again bombarded with commercial filled programming.

Your smart purpose encouragement motivationphone is constantly making beeps and chirps from notifications on your phone pleading and begging for your attention. The only way you can become more narrow minded is that you have to learn how to filter this crap out! You must sincerely ask yourself “what do I find purpose in? What makes me feel truly fulfilled & complete. What do I find joy in? What makes me feel like I’m not wasting my life?”.

If you can figure that out then all you need to do is cut out anything that is distracting you from doing it. This may mean less time being entertained by watching television, playing video games, listening to music, hanging out with friends & socializing on the internet.

Some final thoughts

Ask yourself these few questions. What am I doing today that will benefit me or someone else tomorrow? Would my future self be appreciative of the present me? Would my true heart’s desire and my present lifestyle contradict one another?  Am I managing my time well? Am I doing what I am passionate about? All of these questions will help you hold yourself accountable and clearly identify what you find purpose in. They key to being narrow minded is knowing what your purpose is and being focused, dedicated and disciplined to fulfilling it.

How Did I Do?

Did you enjoy this article? Have a question or comment? I’d love to hear from you so make sure you drop your 1 cents below!

  • Hey Cole loved your post! Yes it is vital to be narrow minded at times to stay focused. It’s one thing to see,but another to have a vision.

    God bless you bro!

  • You’re right, narrowed minded does usually have a negative stigma but as you pointed out in your post to be focus, one may choose to narrow in on things that will only you productive to the outcome of the big picture. Your post has encouraged me to refocus on my goals, and yes to become more narrow minded.

    • Hey Marlene! Thanks so much for checking out this post! I am delighted that you found it to be helpful and encouraging to you! I Wish you the best on all your endeavors as you refocus on your goals!

    • Hey Garry, it’s great to hear back from you! I’m really glad this article spoke to you and encouraged you to narrow your focus as well. That struggle is real isn’t it? lol! Thanks for taking the time to drop me some positive feedback and I’m wishing you the best in all your writing and engineering endeavors! Much love and respect!

  • Thanks Cole! It means a lot!

    Not only this article but this entire mission you’re on to empower others. I thank you for continuing to help and give me the tools to really take control. Much love, another one has joined the tribe and I support the brand!

    • Hey Stock, thanks a million for dropping me such a positive and supportive comment! I greatly appreciate your love and support and I’m happy to hear that my content has been so helpful to you! That’s what it’s all about! I look forward to sharing much more with you moving forward! Welcome aboard and keep up the great work! 🙂

  • Damn!! Great read my friend!! Food for thought, no doubt, im getting back to work right now!!

  • narrow-minded
    not willing to listen to or tolerate other people’s views; prejudiced.
    “it would be narrow-minded not to welcome these developments”

    With while respect but how can you advise people to become narrow-minded?
    I’m a therapist and teach people tolerance and assertiveness.
    I teach how important is to be open-minded to come from a place of understanding as we are all different and not perfect human beings. Empathy is the key, not ignorance.

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