Obsession is typically viewed as a disorder. There are a lot of resources available to help us stop obsessing and hardly anything to help us focus this obsession on someting productive. Yet the people who become obsessed with an extraordinary idea, an unusual notion, an unrealistic goal, or a powerful dream are the people who ultimately end up changing the world.
Thomas Edison was obsessed with sound and energy, which he focused on enabling for practical use. Henry Ford was obsessed with automobiles and the idea of making these cars accessible to the mass public, rather than solely for the wealthy. Booker T. Washington was driven the idea that no black person should be deprived of any American rights. Jimi Hendrix obsessed over the guitar so much that he taught himself how to play (left-handed on a right-handed guitar) and is still recognized as one of the world’s greatest musicians. Neil Degrasse Tyson’s fixation with stars contributes to bringing science into our lives in a way that is exciting and inspirational.
These people were so addicted to a thing or concept that they did everything within and beyond their power to make this dream real for themselves and everyone else around them.
What dream are you not obsessing over?
Maybe you want to be a painter. Learn as much as you can about painting and paint. If you want to be a writer, you have to write. Whatever it is you want to do, you need to do it every single day. Make time in your day to obsess over something good.
I also believe it is just as important to share your work. All of the greats that I mentioned earlier, shared their work. There is some unseen law that when you give, the universe gives back.
Several days ago received a Kindle E-book reader. I have been obsessed with reading as much as I can on this device since I unboxed it. When I finish reading a book, I write a review on Amazon. I share my thoughts regarding the book. One of the reviews I wrote was negative. I did not like the book at all and returned it for a refund. Well, the author of that book read my review, looked at my Amazon Wish List, purchased one of the books I had added, and sent it to me as a gift. So now I have another awesome book to read!
The worst thing that can happen when we become obsessed is that we gain more knowledge, attain a greater skill, and/or we inspire others around us to do the same.
So get obsessed and see what happens.