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8 Lessons from the Power of Focus: Book Review

By Michael Zipursky

I just finished reading The Power of Focus. The book was published in 2000 and has sold millions of copies.

The authors are all well known. Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, and Les Hewitt.

There are many lessons in this book if you’re looking to become more focused, motivated and successful in both business and life.

There are several themes in the book that will help you to improve your goal setting and follow-through. Being persistent. Creating wealth and successful consulting habits that will pay you dividends in the long-term.

Let me share with you 8 points from the book that I think you’ll appreciate:

  • Each week take one day completely off. No business phone, no emails. No work. Just make it your day to think and plan. But don’t actually do any business work.
  • Spend time with your family. At least one day each week should be a full family day. If you can’t do that, be sure to spend as much time as you possibly can each day in the mornings or evenings with the people you love and care about.
  • Before going to sleep, create an outline of what you want to accomplish the following day. Not in your head, write it down. Do that from Monday to Friday.
  • Find one thing that makes your day better. Each of us has things that we enjoy doing. Make sure you do something you enjoy each day. Whatever it is. Treat yourself.
  • Take a nap. The authors suggest taking 25 minutes to sleep mid day during the week. This will re-charge you and get you more focused. Especially if you’re waking up between 5:30-6:30am each morning.
  • Ask more. Don’t be scared of rejection. You need to ask people in all situations for what you want. It’s what kids do. It’s what works. Ask and you’ll often get.
  • Be consistent and persistent. Don’t give up on something after only a couple of tries. It can often take years of toiling away to make you an ‘overnight success’.
  • Keep your promises. Most people don’t follow through and do what they say. If you do, make sure you promote that fact. In emails or calls to clients, let them know that you got ____ done “as promised.” That will reinforce your commitment.

If you’ve read the book or want to share a thought about Focus please do in the comments below.


16 thoughts on “8 Lessons from the Power of Focus: Book Review

  1. Anonymous says:

    These are great tips! I’ve started looking for the book.

    One question–on the first point, when does one do that no work/planning day? Is it one of the 5 M-F days, or is it a weekend day? And I’m assuming it’s separate from the family day. One of my problems is figuring out the boundary between home projects and family activities.

    • Hi Richard – you can structure this in many ways. I find spending the afternoon on Fridays as a great time to do a weekly strategic review of the business.

      Spending time with family on Saturday and Sunday is always important. That’s when I’d completely unplug. Sunday evening is a good time however to spend an hour or so reviewing the upcoming week and planning for it to be a successful one. Does that help?

  2. Nair Santosh says:

    After reading your review this book is definitely on my to read list – thank you

  3. waako garvin says:


  4. the book is absolutely beautiful, just finished reading it, now i can do the habit re-engineering focus on my family life and career minus the unnecessary stress

  5. Sheena Ricarte says:

    I love reading the book. I believe the power of concentration is the essential ingredient in succeeding in whatever field or area we wish to make it.

  6. Ugbeikwu Bennardo says:

    The book is an eye opener. I thank God for the authour’s life.

  7. Naskah says:

    Just finished reading the book and absolutely love it. while reading the book started implementing some of the steps.

  8. Tirki Stephen says:

    I’m about to finish reading the book. If you have been running your life anyhow, then this book will put you in the right direction to achieving your goals. Good review!

  9. Joud Noury says:

    This book very practical and it helped me to transform my life.

  10. Rafael Lama Noel says:

    where can I get the pdf version¿

  11. Musa Alex says:

    Love this how can I get the pdf copy I am a Nigerian and living in Lagos Nigeria.

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