Tunnel Vision Sayings and Quotes

Below you will find our collection of inspirational, wise, and humorous old tunnel vision quotes, tunnel vision sayings, and tunnel vision proverbs, collected over the years from a variety of sources.

Learn to see the big picture. Often times we get tunnel vision and lose sight of the big picture and what we're really trying to accomplish.     

Robert Cheeke

Sometimes the tide is just out. But it always comes back in again. In times of severe distress, we tend to get tunnel vision and think this feeling will last forever. It will not.     


We often engage the defense mechanism of tunnel vision, just to keep ourselves focused on our daily lives. This makes us terribly jaded in our perception of what is really around us.     

Vera Nazarian

Whenever you do any one thing intensely over a period of time you have to give up other lives you could be living. You have to have a real single-minded kind of tunnel vision if you want to get anything significant accomplished. Especially if the desire is not to be a businessman, but to be a creative person.     

Steve Jobs

People who get trapped in the tunnel vision of making money think that is all there is to life.     

Felix Dennis

The problem with unfilled dreams is that they give us tunnel vision. We focus on ourselves, and that can be depressing and discouraging place to look.     

Donna VanLiere

My tunnel vision work ethic is very hard to come by, I believe. I have had an unwavering faith in myself and my career for as long as I can remember.     


Research has shown that time pressure leads to tunnel vision and that people think more creatively when they are calm, unhurried and free from stress and distractions. We all know this from experience.     

Carl Honore

A lot of times when I ran, to be honest, I didn't know where I was in the race. So I always was looking up at the scoreboard to say, 'Just call my name to see where I am,' because I tried to have such tunnel vision not to distract myself.     

Gail Devers

Let's face it: Most companies in most industries have a kind of tunnel vision. They chase the same opportunities that everyone else is chasing, they miss the same opportunities that everyone else is missing. It's the companies that see a different game that win big. The most important question for innovators today is: What do you see that the competition doesn't see?     

Bill Taylor

Living brave is scary, but sometimes a little tunnel vision is just the thing we need to find the courage to live with boldness.     


Desire- grasping, clinging, greed, attachment - is a state of mind that defines what we think we need in order to be happy. We project all of our hopes and dreams of fulfillment onto some object of our attention. This may be a certain activity or outcome, a particular thing or person. Deluded by our temporary enchantment, we view the world with tunnel vision. That object, and that alone, will make us happy.     

Sharon Salzberg

Sometimes we get tunnel vision on what our job is, and if your job is to go get that energy out of the ground and make money, sometimes you forget about the guy that lives on the surface.     

Sen. Kit Jennings

Pressure isn't a bad word. It's a great word. It gives you tunnel vision and let's you focus on the task at hand.     

Robert Esche

Panic causes tunnel vision. Calm acceptance of danger allows us to more easily assess the situation and see the options.     

Simon Sinek

Drivers don't always see the (flashing) lights. You can't get tunnel vision. You've got to look everywhere, even when your adrenaline is going.     

Sixto Rodriguez

It's that one thing that you're passionate about, that you end up developing tunnel vision for and everything else tends to fall by the wayside. Passion is appealing and universal.     

Johnny Galecki

Great theories are expansive; failures mire us in dogmatism and tunnel vision.     

Stephen Jay Gould

The main thing is to win. You just try to keep your tunnel vision on to get the team the win.     

Jennie Finch

When you have your passion, you never even think about other things. It's tunnel vision. You go until you get it.     

Nicola Peltz

Reading can break us out of the tunnel vision of the narrow specialty and lead us into many intriguing and important avenues of thought.     

Gene Edward Veith Jr.

Demanding historical (or scientific) veracity as a prerequisite for truth is another kind of tunnel vision. To do so is to mistake poetry for prose.     

Charles Kimball

I think that that's the way the music grows and changes and becomes new and creative and vital. It's by synthesizing elements from all around it and not to maintain this kind of rigid myopic kind of tunnel vision, in a sense, trying to maintain a certain kind of purity, or whatever.     

David Sanborn

Anxiety leads to a narrowing of the field of attention, the so-called tunnel vision, and when people are anxious, they are unable to attend to the total situation as is necessary to enable them to act rationally, but impulsively do the first thing that comes into their heads which is usually determined by what others are doing at the same time.     

James A.C. Brown

Tunnel vision can kill creativity.     

Ami Vitale

She often had to remind herself that she couldn't do everything alone. She wasn't always the best person for the job. Sometimes she got tunnel vision and forgot about what other people needed.     

Rick Riordan