Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi has contributed pioneering work to our understanding of happiness, creativity, human fulfillment and the notion of "flow", a state of heightened focus and immersion. One of the most influential psychologists around today.
In a world of multi-tasking (especially within the Digital Natives) we might ask the question what the view of Mihaly might suggest for this next generation. Linda Stone wrote about continuous partial attention (CPA) as a big issue. Eckhart Tolle talks about the Power of Now. Otto Scharmer from MIT talks about open mind, heart and will within his outstanding book Theory U to boost Presencing. All views seem to point to the same state of mind in my view. Personally, I believe 'soul gazing' seem to resonate with the vision of Csikszentmihalyi as well. My father - a painter - wrote a book on his life called Visible Absence in which he describes his work and the state of mind of being somewhere while being absent at the same time. Flow :)
Highlight in the video below is at 15 minutes and beyond. Stunning insights related to skills, challenges and flow.