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If You Aren't Obsessed, You Won't Make It
One of the keys to my own success that you should adopt.
If there is one area I’ve found myself “obsessed” with outside of business and entrepreneurship, it is video games.
Not so much today, but definitely as a teenager and in my early 20s.
I spent thousands of hours on different iterations of Counter-Strike, Call of Duty, and many more popular titles still around today.
In fact, I still play video games. It’s just a lot more lighthearted and social than it once was.
I learned a ton of lessons playing them and it’s why you’ll never see me talk shit about them.
Anyone telling you that you have to quit playing video games to succeed in life, has no idea what they’re talking about.
I’ll tell you why.
Obsession and How It Works
The same reason I was obsessed with video games is the same reason I’m obsessed with creating businesses.
When doing either activity, there is a clear path to victory with a ton of difficult steps required to get there.
We as humans hate chaos and love the idea of “order”.
It’s why every education system and workplace talks about the idea of goal setting.
Despite the obvious path to victory, most video games (and businesses) have a ton of unknown between the start and finish line.
This is why many movies or TV shows will show a small clip of something near the end (often looking drastically different than the start) in the first few moments.
Doing so leaves you feeling like you’re missing critical information.
You want to know WTF happens leading up to that flash-forward clip they showed.
Your urge to make sense of what you don’t know, is why obsession exists.
A heavy key to success is to transfer that obsession to useful areas of your life.
How to Obsess in the Right Direction
Those with the most respected accomplishments all have one thing in common: obsession.
Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant? Obsessed.
Tiger Woods? Obsessed.
Joe Rogan? Obsessed.
Mr. Beast? Obsessed.
The list goes on.
Not only were/are all of them obsessed, but they were/are obsessed in the right direction.
How do you obsess in the “right” direction? By following your curiosities.
Here’s how it went for me over ten years ago:
“Man, this 9-5 job stuff is inefficient and boring. I bet there is a more efficient way to make an income.”
This led to me spending an entire year scouring the darkest depths of the internet, looking for a way to make real money online.
I knew it was the right direction because:
I was clearly obsessed with the idea
I felt passionate about it several weeks in
It gave me “purpose”
The best case scenario was financial freedom
The worst case scenario was learning a ton of useful skills
I’ll dumb that down even further for you:
If you chase a curiosity and find yourself wanting to do NOTHING ELSE but that thing, you know you’re on the right track.
So long as that curiosity isn’t something clearly bad for you like exploring a heavy drug.
Everything is a Game
I started off talking about video games because the world of business is one giant game.
Life itself is even one giant game.
That applies even more-so if you take the solo-entrepreneur route like I have.
You are the main character of your own role-playing game.
To begin, you have to learn the basic functions and rules.
Your main focus then becomes the goals and achievements you set for yourself along the way.
You win the game once you’ve accumulated enough experience to level up your character’s skills, so that the goals you’ve set can inevitably be reached.
You can complain about everything being a game or you can take advantage of understanding how it works.
99% of people don’t.
The choice is yours.
When you are ready, there are three different ways I can help you: