How workaholism can work for you: Break your own records and see the value of marginal gains
When Apple founder Steve Jobs set up the company’s first factory in 1984, he would check thoroughly for any dust on the equipment or the floor, later remarking that “if we didn’t have the discipline to keep that place spotless, then we weren’t going to have the discipline to keep all these machines running.”
Jobs is thought to have had obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, and its impact on his life will be the focus of an upcoming biopic. Characterised by a preoccupation with perfectionism, orderliness, and mental and interpersonal control, it caused problems in his personal life but arguably fuelled his quest for innovation, and brought him success.
In the right context, obsessiveness can ensure improved efficiency, enthusiasm and scrupulous attention to detail. So how can it be harnessed to help you succeed?