So we’ve all probably seen a movie where someone’s obsession drove them mad or led to stalking other people. Usually the end of these movies portray obsession as being a terrible character trait and casting agencies always manage to find the right people to take on such a role. I would argue that nothing could be further from the truth. I would say that obsession is a powerful weapon in your arsenal.
Now let’s take a minute to unpack obsession and apply a different perspective. The textbook definition of obsession is “the state of being obsessed with someone or something”.
According to the definition it’s either we are obsessed with someone or something. I think the definition is a bit skew given that most examples that are used to describe obsession usually have the word crazy mixed in the vocabulary.
I look it at differently and certainly don’t consider myself to be crazy. Well, maybe a little crazy with a dash of creativity. I think obsession is useful and we just need to know how to use it to help us.
So here’s my story for why I find obsession helpful in achieving goals.
Back in 2014 I had a job that paid me R1000 per month. I was still a student then so you can imagine that R1000 extra in my pocket was very useful. This was my first real job that even came with a payslip to which a lifetime of lessons have been acquired.
That job wasn’t the biggest in the world but it was the most rewarding. I was not a CEO nor managing executive but I played an important role by serving fellow students when they needed assistance. The more I immersed myself in the role the more I became obsessed with my job and finding new ways to be the best agent of change I could possibly be.
My obsession led to me working harder than I thought I could and pushed me to look for solutions in places I didn’t think I would find. It’s amazing the things that we can do when really focus our energy, time and discipline.
After a successful year of accomplishments and hard work, my job came to an end in December 2014. It was a sad moment because I still had so much to give and much more to learn even though I didn’t know it at the time. Now I was morose but little did I know that my obsession was about to cash out my return on effort (ROE).
My bosses at the time then informed me that they were creating new a position and that I had been named as a co-candidate to hold this position. The new position was to oversee the new candidates who would take on my previous role.
Needless to say I was over the moon. I had been given a second job but more importantly my obsession gave me more opportunity to continue developing myself. Now it’s the year 2015 and I had not changed a single thing about character. I was still disciplined, passionate and convicted, add obsession to the mix and later that year I met the CEO of South Point.
The conversation we shared led to a question that changed my career direction and kick started a world full of uncharted experiences. I got a new job at the start of 2016 and again my obsession cashed out my ROE.
The new job or role didn’t make me a different person. I simply was now in a position to grow into who I was always meant to be. All of this happened because of discipline, passion, dedication but most importantly I was obsessed with doing my small job in 2014 the best way I knew how.
Don’t be afraid to be obsessed with your life and working hard for your dreams.
You would rather be obsessed with success than failure being obsessed with you.