When You Become Obsessed, It’s Impossible to Fail

Rich Habits

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One of the most important characteristics of the self-made millionaires in my Rich Habits Study was a fanatical obsession with something – a dream, a goal, a number, a desire to become something/achieve something, or simply a very clear vision of what they intend their life to be like 10, 15 or 20 years into the future.

Ninety-two percent of the self-made’s in my study were obsessed with the pursuit of some long-term goal or dream. Stated simply, self-made’s are obsessed.

One of the most fascinating things about my Rich Habits research was the discovery that the very moment the self-made millionaires in my study, prior to becoming rich, decided to pursue some dream or big goal, their life immediately changed forever. Their dream or big goal caused an obsession. And that obsession magically endowed them with certain success traits they did not realize they even had.

If they were lazy, they became workaholics.

If they were habitual procrastinators, they became laser focused about taking action on everything related to their dream or goal.

If they were pessimistic, they became optimistic, upbeat and enthusiastic.

If they were reluctant readers, they became voracious consumers of any content related to their dream or goal – they read endless books, articles and online content to help them learn more in order to realize their dream or achieve their goal.

Below is a list of some of the success traits they adopted, in the obsessive pursuit of their dream or goal:

  • Good Habits
  • Relentless Persistence
  • An Open Mind
  • Patience
  • Laser-Like Focus
  • Work Ethic
  • Desire to Learn
  • Curiosity
  • Courage (Greater Risk Tolerance)
  • Enthusiasm
  • Positive Mental Outlook
  • Motivation
  • Increased Will Power
  • Resilience
  • Emotional Energy
  • Attention to Detail

What triggers obsession?

Obsession is triggered by passion. Passion is sparked by engaging in some activity that lights up the emotional center of your brain.

Finding something you are passionate about somehow immediately endows you with the success traits you will need in order to become successful.

This is why experimentation is so important, especially at a young age. When you experiment with different activities, you increase your odds of finding an activity which makes your heart sing.

That passion for doing something you love, eventually turns into obsession. Once you become obsessed, life automatically endows you with all of the success traits you will need in order to become successful.

So, find your passion. When you do, everything you need to succeed will be handed to you.

Passion unleashes the otherwise dormant success traits that reside in every one of us.

Tom Corley is an accountant, financial planner and author of “Rich Kids: How to Raise Our Children to Be Happy and Successful in Life”, Effort-Less Wealth, Change Your Habits Change Your Life, Rich Habits Poor Habits and “Rich Habits: The Daily Success Habits of Wealthy Individuals.”