Acknowledgements xi Foreword xiii Preface xv Introduction 1 Part One Why You Need a Purpose 5 1 Make Your Purpose a Matter of Life or Death 7 2 Make Your Purpose an Escape Plan 11 3 Ask Why 15 4 Know Your Needs 21 5 Energize Your Dreams 25 6 Start at the End 29 Case Study: Garett Manion, PharmD 33 Part Two How to Find Your Purpose 35 7 Ruthlessly Evaluate Your Current Position 37 8 Create a Wish List of Actions 43 9 Name Your Future Position 47 Case Study: Garett Manion, PharmD 53 10 Determine Your Core Priorities 55 11 Define Your New Core Priorities 61 12 Set Short-Term Benchmarks 69 Case Study: Aja Davis, MS, MBA 72 13 Tell Yourself an Inspiring Story 77 14 Be the Hero of Your Story 83 15 Re-Write Your Story 89 Case Study: Lindsey Surace, MD 96 16 Question Your Focus 101 17 Create a Personal Slogan 107 18 Start a Meme 115 19 Put a Compelling Vision in Front of You 119 20 Turn Your Vision into a Decision 127 21 Move from Decision to Conviction 133 22 Celebrate Your Progress 137 23 Run the Numbers Behind Your Vision 141 Case Study: Brenda Jones, JD 144 Part Three How to Fulfill Your Purpose 147 24 Pursue Mastery 149 25 Acknowledge the 10,000-Hour Rule, but Don?t Follow It 155 26 Avoid the Life Hack Lie 163 27 Avoid Willpower Depletion 167 Case Study: Matt Giulianelli, DMD 171 28 Develop a Can-Do Mindset 175 29 Think Inside the Box and Move Laterally 181 30 Manipulate Reality 185 31 Build Rome Around Your Safety Net 191 Case Study: Michael Smith, MBA 194 32 Generate Me Capital 197 33 Invest in People, Not Ideas 201 34 Connect Without Getting Lost in the Crowd 205 35 Develop a Personalized Escalator Pitch 211 36 The Only Three Skills that Will Matter in Five Years 215 Conclusion 221 Notes 227 About the Author 239 Index 243
Isaiah Hankel is a scientist, entrepreneur and personal development coach. He has been simultaneously advancing a career in cellular imaging and cancer diagnostics with a career in personal development and business coaching.
?Black Hole Focus is a wake up call for anyone who feels stuck, distracted, or lost in their own life. Isaiah lays out very actionable steps for taking control of your future and setting yourself up for certain victory. This book will show you how to think like an entrepreneur and develop the mindset necessary for achieving your biggest dreams.? -Lewis Howes, Former Professional Football Player and Host of The School Of Greatness ?Be careful if you read this book. Through interesting stories, compelling case studies and his own inspiring journey, Hankel demolishes your excuses and lays out a plan to identify and fulfil your life's purpose.? -Clay Hebert, Founder of Crowdfunding Hacks and Spindows; The mastermind behind over 35 successful kickstarters ?Black Hole Focus is your road map to transformation in ways most have never even dared to dream. If you want to go from merely living a life to becoming the hero in your own adventure, start here. Hankel's words jump off the page, swat you on the backside, pierce your heart, and take you on a ride into a magical journey of your own design! Brilliant in its brunt, dazzling in its denouement, triumphant in its precision, this is one of the most important books you will ever read. Prepare to be transformed!? -Dr. Gina Loudon, Fox News Contributor and Syndicated Host of SmartLife; Author of Ladies and Gentleman: Why the Survival of our Republic Depends on the Revival of Honor ?As a memory champion, I realize just how important it is to harness your mental energy and focus it in a way that helps you to achieve your goals. I'm very impressed with Black Hole Focus and strongly believe that it can help you learn to harness your mental energy and focus it like a laser in order to achieve incredible success in business and personal endeavours.? -Chester Santos, U.S. Memory Champion; ?The International Man of Memory? ?A brilliantly written step-by-step process to help you learn what you really want in life and exactly how to get it. Read this book if you want to get focused, find your purpose and change your life.? -Jacqueline Biggs, Author of international bestseller Marketing to Win