Even more interesting is this one trait is what took each of them from being underestimated to top dog in their market -- someone that has made such an enormous impact in their field that everyone looks to them as an influential leader. I've also witnessed how this factor has done the same for many other business leaders and experienced it within my own businesses as well.
According to Alice Schroeder, in 1991 when Bill Gates' dad asked Buffett and Gates what the most important factor for their success was, they both gave the same answer, "focus." Jobs, Gates, and Buffett all define focus as this: In order to do a good job of those things they decide to do they must eliminate all of the unimportant opportunities and filter out many tasks that are distractions.
So how exactly does one go about doing that?
In the video below is a 45 second 'Back of the Napkin story' of how highly focused business leaders do this type of focus. Explaining the completely different process of focus that they went through was difficult as I was speaking to executives and entrepreneurs so I created a visual so they could actually see what the process looks like. Many of them have told me how much they love this visual explanation and have asked if they can share with their teams. . . so I decided to share here as well.