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How Workaholism can Work for you


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?



CV-Library is one of the UK’s largest online job sites, with the UK’s biggest database of over 12m CVs. The company was founded in 2000 as a response to Lee’s identification of a market niche. As a young carpet fitter at the time struggling to find work, Lee saw a need for an easy-to-use job board benefiting both job hunters and recruiters. With a £9k loan and help from a web developer, the CV-Library website was built. Lee’s raw passion and hands-on marketing strategies lifted the business off the ground and it is this that continues to push his company to new heights.

The business is now one of the fastest growing websites in the country. The team is expanding rapidly, now employing over 200 staff. It has also launched sister website, Resume Library, in the US, where the company is set to expand and take the brand global over the coming years. Lee puts the reason for his success down to working incredibly hard, loving what he does and a strong desire to make the business the best it can be.

Lee has received over 50 awards and accolades to date and was last year recognised as Entrepreneur of the Year. In April 2015 CV-Library was also ranked as number 49 in the Sunday Times Profit Track 100.


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