Obsessives of the world, Unite! The future is yours!

You are obsessive, too. You just don’t know it yet.

  1. Addictions and obsessions are two sides of the same coin; addictions are just the ones frowned upon by society.
  2. It’s okay to obsess. In fact, many obsessions are actually good for you.
  3. The only thing standing between us and failure or success is our choice of obsessions in life. Choose your obsessions wisely.
  4. The most effective way to get rid of an addiction or obsession is to find something else with which to replace it. There are only so many hours in the day you can dedicate to your obsessions.
  5. It’s time for us, as a society, to stop treating each of these ills as unique (smoking, alcoholism, pedophilia, gambling, drugs, video games, you name it). If we only recognize that they’re all addictions, we can apply rule #5 above: don’t try to fight each one individually — one with AA programs, another with methadone, a third with counseling, etc. The better solution is to find something else to obsess over.
  6. It’s much easier, and more cost effective, to instill positive obsessions into our children than to try to reverse a negative obsession once they’re adults.

Former CTO of VMware, former VP at Microsoft, recovering long distance runner, avid cyclist, newly minted grandpa.

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