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Magnificent Obsessions

The Connoisseur, De-Scott-Evans

If it’s one thing I really envy it’s those who dive into their interests, or should I say passions, with magnificent obsession.

It’s something intriguing about someone who stops at nothing to find out that next little detail about their subject and never give up on their interest. There is this little fire inside of them that burns independent of whether or not any one else shares the interest.

It’s like you can’t help but become interested when a person speaking passionately about something (one exception might be politics, I don’t get fired up about all kinds of opinions no-matter the passions behind).

The other darker side of the coin of the obsessive personality is its obsessiveness, of course. It requires a lot from persons in the immediate proximity of her or him. I get that. But we must remember that;

  • They are the ones who go ahead of the rest of us.
  • They are the ones who develop new and deep knowledge.
  • They push the limits of what is possible for all of us.

Almost everyone who are really good at what they are doing are magnificently obsessive about their topic or niche. Maybe it is a prerequisite to be able to put in all those hours required to master anything?

I love to talk to and interview people about their biggest passions, about the stuff they have great knowledge in. So many juicy aha-moments comes out of that.

If you are magnificently obsessive about something greater or other than yourself, but feel stuck or lack confidence in pursuing your passion, we must talk. In my service The Private Patfinding Experience I help persons just like you to remove those blocks so that you can continue digging deep and running way ahead of the rest of us.

Read more about all the details of The Private Patfinding Experience here!

P.S. I’m obsessively curious (but not when it comes to peoples’ private lives, I’m not into prying) and can’t help but wanting to know more about more stuff. I guess that’s why I envy those who stay in one spot and dig deep. But if you are one of them my obsession can help yours.

Image: The Connoisseur by De Scott Evans

Why do we not question what is right next to us?

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This weekend I visited our beautiful capital, Stockholm. I met great friends and dear relatives and we celebrated achievements and the passing of life’s milestones. And on top of it all the weather was just perfect and I got to wear a summer dress.

We talked about things like work and career because it is always nice to catch up on what is going on in everone’s lives. And, also, it is such a big thing for many.

I’m happy for friends’ and family members’ achievements, if that is what they really like, but for a person like me who has chosen to stand in defiance of this model of being conventionally employed and jumped off the career wheel I can’t help but notice how far removed from them I actually am. And I can’t help but wonder why hardly anyone expresses any thoughts of alternative ways of making a living.

The only options seem to be getting good grades, climbing the corporate or academic ladder so you can buy more stuff, more beautiful homes, that special car or whatever. That is how you get recognition and prove yourself.

But how about pursuing your own dreams or building something that is truly your making instead of trying to reach this month’s key performance indicators or getting that new position that will be a great jumping-off point for the next position?

No, I don’t think so.

Pursuing a passion is harder because you might not be able to have something to show off and maybe no fancy trips to report back on or new shiny stuff to wear or drive.

You might be a complete failure and who wants that?

But that’s not the worst thing.

Creating something out of nothing on your own gives you a taste of real freedom … and the thought that, if you fail, you will have to give up the freedom that you have momentarily tasted. That … now THAT would be the worst thing of all.

So don’t taste freedom.

Stay safe, stay on tracks.

Climb the ladder.

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…. No of course NOT!

I’m just joking (yes, I know, obviously).

What is more exciting, fulfilling and scary challenging than to find a completly new path into the wilderness of your own creativity?

We need to talk more about how to start treading THAT path.

The Archives Podcast

The Archives Podcast

The Archives Podcast is my passion project where I release my curiosity on how we build knowledge about the past for the future in places like archives and museums.

Listening to persons who speak with passion on topics they have great knowledge about is always interesting, I think. I learn something new in each episode and I hope my listeners do to.

The Archives Podcast has it’s own site where you can listen and read more, please go here.

 

Photo credit: AnnaCarin Isaksson