From a 1922 issue of The American Magazine:
How Big Men Hit the Nail on the Head
They see the main issues of life and concentrate on them; by never “scattering their fire” they achieve remarkable results
by Isaac F. Marcosson
In my work as a journalist, I have met dozens of famous men. And here is one interesting fact I have got out of that experience: Almost invariably in the course of conversation, these men would say something, so sharp and to the point, that it was like throwing the spotlight on a certain idea.
These “spotlight ideas” proved to have a definite connection with the men’s careers. They were maxims which these men had “doped out” of their experience. Always, these apparently chance remarks would hit some nail squarely on the head and drive it home.