Is greatness possible without obsession?
Recently I’ve watched Michael Jordan, J Balvin, and MrBeast documentaries. 📺
Michael Jordan is the greatest basketball player ever. 🏀
J Balvin is one of the best-selling Latin music artists. 🎸
MrBeast is the most prominent figure on YouTube. 🎴
Hearing their stories, each was/is obsessed with their craft.
But there’s a hard truth.
Without that obsession, they wouldn’t have achieved the same greatness.
What struck me is how each’s craft energizes them. ⚡️⚡️⚡️
But is the amount of time spent doing something an issue if each loves what they do?
I’m a proponent of work-life balance.
However, there’s a distinction that often gets lost.
If you get fulfilled from what you do, you see it differently.
It’s your hobby.
I’ve been called obsessed.
But what’s wrong with…
Researching a topic I’m interested in rather than going out on a Saturday?
Listening to a business podcast instead of the radio?
Reading a book instead of watching Netflix after my daughter’s gone to bed?
Work-life balance doesn’t have to mean only spending 40 hours per week on your career.
It’s about equilibrium.
It’s prioritizing one’s career and one’s personal life.
I enjoy spending time with my daughter, working out, and going to events.
But I also enjoy researching on weekends, listening to podcasts, and reading business books. 📚
So yes, I “work” more than 40 hours per week.
But to me, it’s not work.
I can’t speak to the work-life balance of Jordan, J Balvin, or MrBeast.
But we shouldn’t pass judgment.
I find those that do, haven’t found their passion yet.
Do what fulfills you, and you’ll never work a day in your life.
BTW, what keeps you energized for the coming week?