Cultivate will, not obsession

  • Ludwig van Beethoven (composer, pianist) became deaf at the age of 30 and composed most of his beloved works after he lost his hearing.
  • Helen Keller (author) was deaf and blind from the age of 19 months. She wrote 12 books, various articles and was the first blind person to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree.
  • Ray Charles and Stevie Wonder (musicians), both of whom are blind, have achieved much in their respective genres of music.
  • James Earl Jones (actor), known for his booming resonant voice, was once a stutterer.
  • Marlee Matlin (academy award-winning actress) is deaf.
  • Itzhak Perlman (virtuoso concert violinist) has legs paralyzed from polio.
  • Terry Fox (runner) was an amputee from cancer.
  1. For ourselves — it sucks the joy out of our lives. We tend to forget that we do what we do on account of our passion, but the activity doesn’t define us. Who we are far outstrips what we do.
  2. For others — people start feeling as if they are just disposable pawns on a chess board as an obsessive person rides over them to achieve goals and find success. This is particularly true within the workplace where obsessive managers have unrealistic expectations, demand results without supplying adequate resources or training, put others down, and use manipulative techniques to get their way. The resulting low trust causes resistance and a toxic environment.

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Jonathan Mills

Jonathan Mills

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Jonathan has spent over 30 years focusing his efforts on developing people throughout the world. He believes that people have the most impact when stretched.