Obsession: Why We Do What We Do

In the season one of House MD, on episode 9 (DNR), Dr. Gregory House talks to his patient, John Henry Giles, a well known saxophonist. During the episode, House and Giles have a poignant exchange of words. These words that follow essentially sum-up the obsessive nature of many of us, especially entrepreneurs who can sometimes be over fixated to the point of obsession. And all that comes at a cost. I thought, I would share this with you.

House: And that’s all you are? A musician?
John: I got one thing, same as you.
House: Really? Apparently, you know me better than I know you.
John: I know that limp. I know the empty ring finger. And that obsessive nature of yours, that’s a big secret. You don’t risk jail and your career just to save somebody who doesn’t want to be saved unless you got something, anything, one thing. The reason normal people got wives and kids and hobbies, whatever. That’s because they don’t got that one thing that hits them that hard and that true. I got music, you got this. The thing you think about all the time, the thing that keeps you south of normal. Yeah, makes us great, makes us the best. All we miss out on is everything else. No woman waiting at home after work with the drink and the kiss, that ain’t gonna happen for us.

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