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4 Steps to Harness the Productivity Power of Focus

An interesting article in Forbes Magazine, Combatting Attention Distraction Disorder: The Ultimate Tool written Margie Warrell, talks about how distracting the world has become and what people need to do become less distracted. Warrell has come up with what she calls the 4 Steps to Harness the Productivity Power of Focus. These steps are extremely compelling and would help anyone with their productivity.

The Steps:

  1. Write down very specific goals that you want to achieve in the next 3 months. Make sure that you are very specific
  2. Schedule time in you calendar for things that will specifically help you move towards achieving that goal. BE specific on when you are going to focus on those things- don’t try and multi-task but strictly focus on these things that will move you towards those goals.
  3. Make sure you get all of the materials you need to move towards those goals. If you need information, make sure you have it when you get to those specific times.
  4. When the scheduled times come make sure you think ahead about the distraction and plan for them. So turn off the phone or internet, let people know you won’t be available. Just do whatever it takes to eliminate those distractions and get to work!


  1. How well do you think that these steps would work for you?
  2. Which one do you think would be the most helpful to you?

Vinayak Sareen has created an App that is set to become successful

17 year old, Vinayak Sareen, from Nawanshahr, India is making headlines for his Get Set app for smart phones that would enable anyone to transfer data files can be quickly. The Times of India has interviewed Vinayak and his family on the successful app that has changed made him successful.  With this app you can transfer files up that are as large as 2GB and the type of files that can be transferred include business files, Power Point Presentation, Excel Spreadsheets are available to transfer at a faster pace. Included in this app, is a chat function that can be used to have secret chats. The most interesting thing about this story is that he is in fact dyslexic and has spent 7 years in special educational because of the challenges presented by his dyslexia. Because of his dyslexia, Vinayak got an exemption from the mathematics but he as he got interested in computers and computer programming, he became more motivated to work in areas that he had previously struggled. As of July 2015, Viniyak’s app has been downloaded by over a 1000 users and is set to become an extremely successful app.


Our challenge to you is to not allow negative circumstances to define you but allow them to motivate you to do what you want to do and be successful.

Success through Finding His Passion- The Story of Olympic Silver Medalist, Louis Smith.

There are many stories where once people find their passion, their ADD or Dyslexia becomes a benefit as opposed to a hindrance. This is the story of British gymnast, Louis Smith who was a complete surprise during the 2012 London Olympics when he won the Silver Medal on the pommel horse.

In an interview with Britain’s The Mirror, he describes his life with ADD. When Smith was a child, he thought he was a normal child but he was actually always restless, loud and couldn’t sit still. He was an attention seeker and people thought he was naughty and a troublemaker. Looking for an activity that would get rid of energy and help keep him out of trouble, Louis’s mother choose to sign him up for gymnastics. In the gym, Louis felt safe with coaches around to support him and as he got better and better at gymnastics the less and less trouble he got in. Gymnastics taught him to be disciplined, focus and respectful and with that his ADD became much more manageable. With that he has kept his discipline and focus and was able to reach incredible success as an Olympic Silver Medalist.


  1. How can your passion be used to spur on your success?

Olympic Gold Medal Rower, Adam Kreek, Takes his ADD Positive Message on the Road

Canadian Olympic Gold Medalist, Adam Kreek is known as a not only an incredible rower but he is now on a mission to change the perception of ADD in the world.

After being diagnosed at the age of 6, Kreek kept his attention deficit disorder quiet for the majority of his life.  However, 2 years after he won his gold medal at the Beijing Olympics, he decided to speak out about his diagnosis and how he became success with it. Kreek does not see ADD as a negative infliction but as something that gives people positive energy. (You can read his full story here.) After he was diagnosed at the age of 6, Kreek struggled with concentrating and also in controlling his high energy. He became successful by training his mind to control himself and his energy.  According to Kreek, “Anyone with ADD can train their mind to control the incredible energy people with ADHD have”. For Kreek, people with ADD need to find an outlet for their energy but also people need to have a proper diet, exercise and a support system. Having reached the pinnacle of Olympic success, Kreek is now speaking out against the myth that ADD makes you somehow lessen than people who don’t have the condition.


The lesson to take from Adam Kreek is try and train your mind in order to control your energy and with that you will become successful at whatever you do.

(Photo Courtesy of Kwantlen Polytechnic University)

Dyslexia in Africa

Quite a lot is known about dyslexia in North America and Europe but little is known about how dyslexia is impacting people in other countries. In 2013, South African newspaper, the Mail and Guardian hosted The Dyslexia Awareness conference where a group of local and international experts discuss the issues around dyslexia and what people can do to help. In South Africa, 1 in 10 people are dyslexic and the problem is that the school systems don’t know how to deal with it. One of the major problems is that in South Africa and in the rest of Africa there isn’t a clear cut definition of what dyslexia is and what it isn’t. Without this clear definition, it is incredibly difficult for teachers to be educated about dyslexia so they can help their students. Along with creating a definition of dyslexia, the conference was also focused on real changes they plan to make in terms of educating teachers, parents and employers and also looking at how addressing dyslexia can help with the unemployment and poverty rate throughout South Africa and the rest of Africa. It is incredibly interesting how they are linking dyslexia awareness and employment rate.


  1. How do you think improving dyslexia awareness can help with the unemployment rate in certain countries?

Nurture your Passion for Reading through Your Other Passions

There are so many people now who actually hate to read- teenagers included. If you are a parent of one of those teenagers who hate reading, there are some amazing ways to get them to read without a fight. ADDitude Magazine recently published an article about what teenagers should read to help them nurture their passion for reading and can help them later in life.

One of the ways to get them to read is to find and get a subscription to a magazine about your child’s passion. To nurture your child’s passion for reading, you should connect it to your kid’s passion. So if your kid is passionate about soccer, subscribe to a soccer magazine. The magazine will interest your kid so they will more than likely read it. Any kind of reading is better than no reading at all.


For parents out there nurturing a passion for reading is incredibly important for their kids’ future learning and developing. Find and nurture your kid’s passion by encouraging to learn as much as possible about it through reading.