I just always feel I’m missing something important,” I said. “And that’s precisely why we lose hours every day — that fear”...Bregman argues that it’s people who can get ahead of that fear who end up excelling in the business world that he spends his own days in. “I think everyone is more distract-able today than we use to be. It’s a very hard thing to fix. And as people become more distracted, we know they’re actually doing less, getting less done. Your efforts just leak out. And those who aren’t — aren’t leaking — are going to be the most successful.

Excerpt from The End of Absence by Michael Harris