47 Tunnel Vision Quotes and Sayings on Narrow Focus

“Tunnel vision” is an analogy for a scenario in which someone is so focused or preoccupied with a specific issue, objective or concept that they are unable to see the bigger picture or consider different points of view.

This intense focus might restrict one’s capacity to make balanced judgments because they may miss vital facts, disregard possible hazards, or neglect other elements of their life.

Tunnel vision can happen in a variety of circumstances, including employment, relationships, and personal aspirations and it can be advantageous as well as negative.


On the one hand, it can increase productivity and resolve to achieve a given objective.

On the other hand, it might cause a lack of awareness and flexibility, making it difficult to adjust to changing circumstances or consider more effective solutions.

Top 10 Tunnel Vision Quotes


I was single-minded and I had tunnel vision. Now it’s time for a change. ~ Evelyn Ashford.


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


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


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


When your child is sick, you have tunnel vision. ~ Nick Cassavetes.


Tunnel vision can kill creativity. ~ Ami Vitale.


I got that tunnel vision for you. I only see you! ~ Justin Timberlake.


It gives me a sense of tunnel vision. ~ Tom Glavine.


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


I just kind of do my thing with sort of tunnel vision for the story and my role and how it fits together. ~ Lin Shaye.

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Famous Tunnel Vision Quotes

It’s tricky to ask a filmmaker to explain his own work; usually we’re the least qualified to make sense of what we’ve done, unfortunately, because of the tunnel vision required to create anything over four years. ~ Stephen Gaghan.

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.

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. ~ Jewel.


We move through the world with a kind of tunnel vision that prevents us from enjoying what is in front of us. ~ Tara Brach.

Extreme visual clarity, tunnel vision, diminished sound, and the sense that time is slowing down. This is how the human body reacts to extreme stress. ~ Malcolm Gladwell.

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.

Sometimes our tunnel vision is limited to what we see outside our window. Until racial injustice becomes personal then I don’t think it moves us in our gut. ~ Shane Claiborne.


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

Stress makes us prone to tunnel vision, less likely to take in the information we need. Anxiety makes us more risk-averse than we would be regularly and more deferential. ~ Noreena Hertz.

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.

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.


To be a tennis champion, you have to be inflexible. You have to be stubborn. You have to be arrogant. You have to be selfish and self-absorbed. Kind of tunnel vision almost. ~ Chris Evert.

There are so many aspects to the sport. It never gets boring because you always do something different. Maybe you train really hard on a sport climbing and get tunnel vision for a while, but as soon as you burn out a bit, you concentrate on another aspect, like traveling. You see the world through the vehicle of climbing. ~ Wolfgang Gullich.

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.

Best Tunnel Vision Quotes

I read every book about Buster Keaton and Chaplin to see how they worked – it’s all about dedication, tunnel vision, pursuit of perfection, getting the gag right. ~ Paul Merton.

Think about only one thing and you’re in a tunnel. Think about everything and you’re on an open stretch of road. ~ Anthony T. Hincks.

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.


Learn to see the big picture. Oftentimes we get tunnel vision and lose sight of the big picture and what we’re really trying to accomplish. ~ Robert Cheeke.

When I put my nose in a glass, it’s like tunnel vision. I move into another world, where everything around me is just gone, and every bit of mental energy is focused on that wine. ~ Robert M. Parker, Jr..

There’s a point where you make that decision to do it, and there’s no going back. After that its just total focus, tunnel vision. Boom. You light the wick and you go. ~ Unknown.

At a certain point, I became a kind of musician that has tunnel vision about jazz. I only listened to jazz and classical music. ~ Herbie Hancock.

Meaningful Tunnel Vision Quotes

Six feet deep is the incision in my heart, that barless prison. Discolours all with tunnel vision….Sunsetter. ~ Cradle Of Filth.


I guess when you’re young you have tunnel vision. ~ Lemmy Kilmister.

Self-confidence will eliminate the need for approval and your tunnel vision will soon diminish. It is very bright outside and its waiting for you. ~ Michael Sotelo.

Maintaining concentration depends on what I call tunnel vision; nothing else in the world exists but the catcher’s target, the hitter and my perfect delivery. ~ Nolan Ryan.

For about seven years. I really like it there. There are a lot of great musicians. The scene is very open. A lot of stuff going on. People’s ears are really open, they are not closed. A lot of scenes here, people just get tunnel vision and are into one thing. ~ John Zorn.

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.

Profound Tunnel Vision Quotes


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.

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.

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.

Thoughtful Tunnel Vision Quotes

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.

I have tunnel vision. I go out and try to get better each and every day. ~ Matt Cassel.


I tend to have a kind of tunnel vision when I’m looking at an individual piece. ~ Edward Norton.

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.

So these were the 47 top quotes about Tunnel Vision.

If you like these quotes and sayings, then you can also read my other posts on Toxic People quotes and Prove Them Wrong quotes.


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