Fit yourself into the flow of the game
Most events have their own rhythm. You can try imposing your own rhythm on them, but usually this succeeds only for a short time. Unless you're very powerful (or very good), you ought to seek to join the situation and operate within its rules and terms instead of trying to change it or dominate it.
In fact, we might say that virtually everything that happens successfully in life happens because something "fit in" with something else. From the way men and women relate to a new guy joining the cave family to a bird riding on the back of a hippo in Africa to a new product on the market. This is a very deep underlying principle. Don't try to ignore it or go outside of it. Fit yourself into the flow.
Genius is 1 % inspiration, 99% perspiration.
A successful life is one that is lived through understanding and pursuing one's own path, not chasing after the dreams of others.
Years ago, in a motivational seminar by the master, Zig Ziglar, I heard a story about how mediocrity will sneak up on you. The story goes that if you drop a frog into boiling water, he will sense the pain and immediately jump out. However, if you put a frog in room-temperature water, he will swim around happily, and as you grad-ually turn the water up to boiling, the frog will not sense the change. The frog is lured to his death by gradual change. We can lose our health, our fitness, and our wealth gradually, one day at a time. It might be a cliché, but that's because it is true: The enemy of "the best" is not "the worst." The enemy of 'the best" is "just fine."
Focus is saying no to 1,000 good ideas.