DJ Focus, as he is known in his community in Sierra Leone, is a 15-year old engineering student named Kelvin Doe who “scours the trash bins for spare parts, which he uses to build batteries, generators and transmitters. Completely self-taught, Kelvin has created his own radio station where he broadcasts news and plays music under the moniker, DJ Focus.” (YouTube link)
Focus Separates People
If you think class or race separates people, you may be right, but I say you are wrong. It is focus that really separates people. It separates focused classmates from ones who let distractions take their mental space. It separates employees and business owners who have a mission in mind from those who are just passing time. It separates the piano player from the individual who thinks they are good at piano, but who actually doesn’t spend any of their spare time practicing.
I like this kid because he appears to only be thinking about working with electric parts and creating inventions. He likes connecting capacitors and transistors and welding. He isn’t checking Facebook in the middle of an effort. He’s not updating his Twitter with a picture of each step of his building of a radio. A focused person makes a distracted person look like they are clueless in some form.
This youngster, DJ Focus, has been brought to MIT for some time to work with and talk to engineers there, and has also been taken to Cambridge and Harvard. I support this concept, because it is not about what a person currently knows, but their aptitude to reach for more. Signs of giving up or accepting distraction are what keep us from supporting someone, because we see that they are not even fully invested in the effort they purport to be striving for.
Learn From DJ Focus
Look at this guy and learn from how he is in that video link I shared. For the time being, he could care less whether he is with folks from MIT or folks from Sierra Leone. He has some goals and initiative of his own, and that exact aspect is what pushes civilization forward. I’m not attacking social media or cell phones, because they have validity to them, but am saying that society isn’t propelled forward by a person reading another person’s Instagram update in the middle of a study session or project. Focus is one of the most attractive qualities out there.