Through the fictional narrative of a man struggling through financial problems, marital problems, dissatisfaction with work and career, and raising two children, consultants and leadership trainers David M.R. Covey and Stephan M. Mardyks highlight in their book, Trap Tales, what they’ve identified as the seven obstacles to success, which they describe as “traps.” These traps, they write, are seductive, deceptive and sticky — in other words, they lure you in, give you momentary gratification that turns into long-term pain, and like quicksand, refuse to let you go. As a result, the authors write, “A trap holds you back from progressing toward your goals.”
The Focus Trap
For example, the Focus Trap is a universal problem in the 24/7, anytime-anywhere digital age. The authors lay out the clear reasons for the Focus Trap:
The conventional approach to the Focus Trap is to learn how to juggle better. The authors disagree, arguing that a more productive approach is to realize that we cannot do it all, to filter out the unimportant from the important and to learn how to say no.
Learning how to filter out the unimportant and to say no are what the authors call epiphany breakthroughs — i.e., unconventional but practical strategies for resolving the traps.
The other traps and their epiphany breakthroughs covered by the authors are
Trap Tales: Outsmarting the 7 Hidden Obstacles to Success is a surprisingly comprehensive overview of the challenges we face — some of them universal to our lives as human beings, some of them very specific to the digital- and consumption-driven age we live in.
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