Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence
Daniel Goleman, Ph.D. | 55:20
My dear friend, Daniel Goleman, is one of the world's most recognized experts on topics relating to emotional intelligence. He is also an amazing author. He has written more than 10 books, and his book, emotional intelligence, that one book alone, so more than 5 million copies, he has received many awards. And he has been nominated twice for the Pulitzer Prize. On a personal level, then is also the person most responsible for me becoming an author.
So back in 2007, then an AI with a bunch of distinguished friends co created something called Search Inside Yourself, which is a became a very popular curriculum in Google and beyond. And I remember in 2009, then I was taking a walk right there, I remember the exact place and as I climb, we're taking a walk, where I was trying to convince him to write a book on Search Inside Yourself. And what he told me was, he said, I love to do it. I just don't have the time. And he looked at me, he pointed his finger at me as a man, why do you write a book? I was like me, I'm an engineer, not a doctor. Dammit, Jim. Eventually, because of Dan's support, and his confidence in me, I did end up writing a book. So thank you so much, Danny. I'm really excited about this new book, focus, the hidden driver of excellence. skillfulness over attention is the foundation of all higher cognitive, and emotional abilities.
Attention creates the conditions for personal excellence, attention is so important that in Search Inside Yourself, it is the first thing we train, the first thing we train is attention. Yet, I think the subject of attention itself is not getting enough attention. Ironically, and I cannot think of anybody better to write a book on important topic, as then. So my dear friends, my dear friend, Danny, I am delighted that you wrote this book. And I'm delighted that you didn't ask me to write the book. My friends, please welcome my friend and Google's friend, Dan Goleman.