Obsession and Moderation

Since mid-2016 I have been an entrepreneur. Starting a business has consumed me. I think about my ¬†business before bed. I think about my business on vacation. I am obsessed. Obsessed because I love it and also because I’ve put too much of myself into it to allow the chance of failure.

Such obsession seems extreme and counter to my typical feelings about the necessity of moderation and balance. However; I think short bursts of obsession are part of balance.

Short bursts of obsession allow one to master a skill. To conquer a complicated task. To achieve anything above the average.

Great philosophers obsess. Great inventors obsess. Thoreau obsessed on Walden Pond. Jefferson obsessed about America. I obsess about my business. Later in life I’ll obsess about something else.

Perhaps the key is to master obsession to achieve balance and moderation. Find time for family. Find time to breathe. Balance in times of obsession. Obsession allowing, in the long run, for a life of balance.

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The Ingredients for Happiness

The root of happiness has to be accurate self analysis followed by the courage to follow-up on what you find within yourself.

Self analysis because before you can follow-through with a plan you have to know what you want. Not that you want more money or a nice car, but what factors inside yourself truly drive inner fulfillment.

Courage because once you understand what fulfillment looks like you have to be willing to follow-through with the plan to get there. It might sound counter-intuitive that courage is required to by happy, but sometimes what makes you happy might not be what society (or even you) defines as traditional success.

Maybe inner fulfillment means leaving a “dream” job. Maybe it means living in a smaller home. Or perhaps it means risking security for a dream. All of these things require a certain degree of courage.

Self analysis, follow-through, and courage. Those are the ingredients for happiness.