Miguel Panao | Professor and Author

Finding ways to improve scientific writing and academic productivity.

Unjust Attention Demand

Some people think challenges should be easier because when we’re nervous, we lack attention.

Photo by Shelby Miller at unsplash

Photo by Shelby Miller at unsplash

Being nervous is not the cause of a lack of attention. Some people experience the opposite, a sense of greater focus when they’re nervous. A state of alertness.

Life is not easy. Learning is not easy. With easier challenges comes a lack of accomplishment.

”We choose to go to the moon in this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard, because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills, because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we intend to win, and the others, too.” (J.F. Kennedy)

People ask for easier challenges because they are nervous. They feel the attention demand is unjust. But are they willing to accept the challenges testing their skills? If you are unwilling, reconsider taking the challenge or reconsider clarifying your will.

It all depends on the skills you want to develop that will be part of your learning capital in the future.

You decide. Not the one who proposed you the challenge.

About Miguel Panao

I am a Professor at the University of Coimbra in Mechanical Engineering. I am also author of books in the fields of environmental ethics and Science and Religion. From the several research projects, this site is personal and dedicated to the search for the best approaches, tools, techniques to improve scientific productivity.

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