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The Concept of Camera Focusing

In the article "Young, gifted and slack", Dominic Barton, Managing Director of McKinsey & Company, argues that one of the biggest problems facing the world in 2013 is the prolonged - and seemingly intractable - crisis of youth unemployment. 

In a recent McKinsey survey, Dominic says that some 40% of employers reported that they struggle to fill entry-level jobs because the candidates have inadequate skills and without a remedy for this mismatch of demand and supply, we forecast that by 2020 there will be a global shortfall of 85m high- and middle-skill workers for the labour market. 

Almost all of us can agree that's very true, and this is the question I'd love we address in this article since we truly need skilled young people to take this economy to another level.

I'm a videographer by profession (but I must confess blogging is taking shape too -lol). And before you run away, I'm not about to list my skills and professions. I want to freely and generously pour a simple concept from my profession that I practice almost daily, and how, if employed correctly, can help make a critical life choice for a promising skillful youth generation.


I promise to avoid production jargon and be as clear as possible.

How it Works
We do watch movies, if you're not a movie lover, then you've at least watched news on TV. All we see on our screens are stories. 

To tell that story effectively with a camera, one needs to focus on one subject (i.e item) at a time. This helps in guiding the audience through the story line. 

We often have many subject/items on the frame (you can call it a picture) but our focus is only on one item at a time - and that's how our eyes work; we only focus on one thing  at a time. Trust me it doesn't happen automatically, the camera person knows this in advance and makes sure you're not confused by leading you step by step, you don't choose what to see, you follow the story.

Youth Life
There's this question I really like asking guys, "what do you want to be in life?" What I often receive is a list of careers, good ones by the way.

The second question, the hardest, is, "How are you planing to achieve this?" no straight answers here, mostly, showing why we won't have the skills needed by 2020. And this is where my concept of camera focus comes in.

As we grow, we're enthusiastic, full of energy and ideas. We can handle a number of tusks (may be successfully). It's our life, youth life. That's why I say we're strong.

To Make It, Act Like a Camera Lens
If a camera simply presented the whole universe at one moment, we won't achieve effective story telling, neither enjoy any movie. Great movies are told in a simple, picture to picture; scene to scene format.

I compare the many career paths we want to follow like many items with sharp focus on the same frame. Yes they are in focus but they won't tell any coherent story. To make great impact and achievement, you need to focus on one profession and let others at a blur. (I'll show you where 'the blurred' feature later in the article).

The Solution
Don't be good. Be perfect.

You may decide to be a jack of all trades, and be good at all, if you can, or focus seriously at one and be a star. 

We all know of the golfer Tiger Woods. The investor Donald Trump. The worshiper Don Moen. The Manager Sir Alex Ferguson. The Savior Jesus Christ. And the blogger Job Gichana...lol).

You can be THE. It's possible.

Answering this fix, Dominic Barton  says  that the heart of the matter is helping the young learn relevant skills more effectively, and that requires greater co-operation - and communication - between companies, governments and education providers. I add, and WE (the youth).

Shift Focus
I promised to talk of the blurred careers. Sometimes I may change the focus from item A to item B in the same frame. This will direct my audience attention to the second item. The technique is called shift focusing. But I must first make sure the audience has gotten enough of item A. While on B, the mind will still be remembering A.

Focusing on one or two professions doesn't mean you throw away the other part of life you feel attached to. You only need to achieve one major goal, when you're sure you've mastered you can move to the next.  It though demands thorough self discipline to concentrate on one lane without any distraction.

On my article, Why you must protect your future as a youth,  I asked the question: What do you really want to do in life. At 45 years you can do some changes to your career to what you enjoy, but it can be a steep mountain to climb, and I guess it's usually a regret.

So choose a career. Research on it. Find people on the same boat. Sail together. Learn. Purpose to be the best. Focus on happiness as opposed to money, and money will come. That's the true way to succeed in life. It's dangerous to simply live and move with the waves of life. Take control of your life so you can control your future. All the best!

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