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Byline: HANNAH MORRILL INTERVIEWS BY DANIELLE PERGAMENT, EMILY HSIEH, AND LIZ KRIEGER
Nobody likes being told to pay attention, but according to Winifred Gallagher, author of Rapt: Attention and the Focused Life (The Penguin Press), the phrase should be taken literally, not personally: "Attention is like mental moneyyou only have so much of it, and you have to spend it wisely."
Why is focus so important? Happy people pay attention to the right things; unhappy people focus on the negative. And exceptional achievers in all fieldspoets, scientists, CEOsare characterized by their ability to focus, not just by their talent. Do …