Hello. My name is Shawn and I am honored to be your host and guide through The Focus Course.
I’m a writer, small-business owner, productivity coach, and creative entrepreneur living in Kansas City with my wife and our three boys.
For more than a decade, I have been learning and teaching about creativity, diligence, and focus. I’ve spoken about these topics at conferences and workshops, and my online courses have helped thousands of people.
My Story, Briefly
I used to work 80 hours per week. And even with all those hours, I still felt trapped by the never-ending issues of my work. I kept thinking that I would eventually get ahead of the craziness and start making progress on meaningful work.
Eventually I quit my job to begin working for myself. But even still I found that I was always chasing my to-do list. I never felt satisfied at the end of my work day; there was always more to be done. Work was always on my mind.
When my son was born, I realized I needed do to better. I didn’t want my work life to dominate my time and energy. But, at the same time, I still had a strong desire to do meaningful work.
These seemingly-opposing forces shouldn’t have to fight one another. I knew it was okay to have a thriving work life while also having an awesome personal life.
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I have spent years figuring out solutions to the challenges we all face related to focus.
We live in an age where the Internet lives in our pocket, and it seems like everyone everywhere is both distracted and in a hurry.
I’ve examined my own habits, studied many other solutions, and rigorously tested different approaches over and over again. And I have worked hard to create a lifestyle that is conducive to doing my best creative work without sacrificing my personal and family life.
What I teach in the Focus Course is the same thing that has allowed me to grow a thriving business, do meaningful work that I’m proud of, and give time to my family.
It is how I keep all the areas of my life in harmony and thriving, despite the craziness that is naturally found in day-to-day life.
I have been teaching about creativity, focus, and time management for over a decade. Our online workshops and courses have helped thousands of people regain focus, improve how they spend their time, and start making traction with their goals.
The material in The Focus Course changed my life. It has changed the lives of so many others who have already taken it. And it can change your life, too.
The Focus Course
Living a focused life should be your normal lifestyle. But sadly, most people consider it a pipe dream or a luxury.
Imagine being so focused at work that you’re able to clock out at the end of the day and not bring work home with you in the evenings or on the weekends. What would you do with all that time?
Wouldn’t it be awesome to have breathing room in your day so you could rest and recharge? Imagine how much of a positive impact that would have on your work and family life.
Heck, it’d be great to just routinely finish what you start.
Aren’t you tired of reading about productivity and focus without seeing real change in your life?
Sadly, for most people, a life of focus and margin is little more than a distant wish long forgotten.
Most people bring work home with them. They do not make progress on their goals. They do not finish what they start. And they do not feel in control of their schedule and their time.
But not you...
The Focus Course is a guided, online video course that gives you the foundational components you need for living a focused life.
Instead of pitting work and personal life against one another, you will learn how to do your best work without sacrificing anything between your work and personal life.
You will be able to get maximum clarity in every area of your life, and then bring those areas into alignment. (In other words, the very definition of focus.)
Learn by Doing
What sets the Focus Course apart is its action-centric approach. You will learn a ton of theory and wisdom that's surrounded by action. Through each day's actions you'll take the wisdom from the course and apply in your everyday life.
After signing up for the Focus Course, you will get instant access to all the material. The Focus Course paces you in such a way as to make things fun and simple for you. The whole process is guided — all you need to do is show up and watch that day's video, which is only a couple of minutes long. Believe it or not, The Focus Course takes just 15 minutes or less per day.
Because you get lifetime access, there is no pressure to stick to a timeframe. The website keeps track of your progress for you so you can start when you're ready and move at your own pace.
After completing the course, you will have: a vision for your life; clear goals for the areas of your life; more control of your time each day and an ability to keep things in a healthy balance; the tools you need to make progress over the long run and not fizzle out.
Your Best Work, Without Sacrificing Balance.
What’s Inside The Course
47 teaching videos that accompany every single day of the course and every Module introduction.
Module One: Foundations
Days 1-7 focus on personal integrity, creative imagination, progress, reducing distractions, building social support, generosity, and simplifying.
Module Two: Honesty
Days 8-17 focus on who you are and what’s important to you; roles, values, vision, legacy, short- and long-term goals, and how to realistically move toward them.
Module Three: Clarity
Days 18-28 focus on how you’re currently spending your time and energy, what your potential is, and how to apply change and begin making progress.
Module Four: Action (and Resistance)
Days 29-34 focus on the most common areas of resistance and how to overcome them.
Module Five: Meaning
Days 35-40 focus on joy, fear, meaningful work, finding flow, margin for thought, and community.
Day 41: Conclusion
This wrap-up day will help you take your new ideas, understanding, and life changes and maintain them for the long-run. I also share advice on how to stay motivated and keep making forward progress after the course is over, and doing work that matters.
23 additional videos and articles ($97 value) where I answer the most common questions and struggles related to focus, time management, work/life balance, and doing meaningful work.
Members-only discussion forum for asking questions and sharing ideas, breakthroughs, stories, etc.
Downloads: HD videos, PDF Workbooks, goal-setting worksheets, time-management worksheets, the Habit Tracker, and more...
Go at your own pace and track your progress on the website. Or download the 273-page PDF workbook and read the course on your iPad, computer, or even print it out.
Lifetime access: start when you’re ready, take your time, and go through again in a year from now.
60-Day, Money-Back Guarantee: If you’re not delighted by the course, I am happy to give you a full refund, no questions asked.
Are there areas of your life that don’t get the attention you want them to? Of course there are. And it’s easy to get stressed out about it.
When our actions and behaviors don’t line up with our vision and values, it can cause stress and frustration. We feel tension when we find ourselves spending time on things we don’t really want to be doing, yet we feel helpless to do anything else.
You know what’s awesome? When your actions and behaviors align with your vision and values.
There’s a huge misconception that says you should be giving your full attention to every area of your life. Well, if you’ve ever tried, you know it’s just not possible.
There is no way you can deploy your full attention to your health, your relationships, your finances, your career, your personal hobbies, and your inner personal life all at the same time.
You and I only have enough mental and emotional strength to focus on just one, maybe two areas of our life at a time. Like really focus on them. The other areas simply can’t get our full attention.
And but so, what do you do with those other areas of your life? You certainly don’t want to leave them out in the cold — you can’t just ignore them.
The secret is in a little thing called routine.
By establishing healthy habits and routines for every area of your life, then you’re able to keep them on track even without giving them your full attention.
It’s a way to keep all of your life on track and in balance, no matter the season. It’s a way to ensure you’re not giving an unhealthy amount of time to one area at the detriment to the other areas of your life.
Think about some of the most accomplished and successful people you know.
Not in terms of the most well-off or well-known. I mean, who are the people you look up to as mentors and role models? Who do you know that has it all together?
Do you notice how they always know what’s next for them? They’ve got something they’re working towards, and they always seem to get things done.
They have a confidence and motivation that is more than just a personality type. Because it’s a confidence based on focus and clarity. They have a direction and know how to get there.
Good news! Diligence and focus are not a personality type. Focus is a skill you can learn (and continually improve).
And that’s exactly what I teach you in The Focus Course. You will walk away with the ability to focus on the areas of life that matter most to you, while still maintaining a healthy balance in the others. This is how the most successful people maintain breathing room in their daily life while also being so prolific and productive.
Enroll in The Focus Course
Look. There is so much knowledge and advice out there. There is no shortage of information.
The shortage is with implementation and application.
It is difficult to go through all the best books, blog posts, think pieces, and podcasts and then dig out the main ideas and apply them to your life.
Don't waste your time trying to be this person:
The easiest (and fastest) path forward is to be guided.
This is what the world's best performers do. They don't get coaching because they're too lazy or stupid to figure it out on their own... The exact opposite — they get guidance because they have better things to do with their time; they are hungry to excel in life.
The Focus Course is the fastest path forward for you. I will guide you through all the steps you need to take and be shown how it all fits together in your life.
You can get a clear head amidst the craziness. You can thrive in the midst of the tensions of life. But the answer is not in a methodology, system, or app.
To spend your time creating meaningful work goes far beyond white-knuckle focus or ripping your internet cable out of the wall.
You don’t have to solve the tensions of life before you can create something of value. Meaningful productivity means consistently giving your time and attention to the things which are most important.
You can do work that matters, build momentum in your personal integrity, establish habits that stick, bring a healthy balance between your work and personal life, and re-define what you think of when you say productivity. Learn about your own lifestyle, the way you work, what your values are, and more.