Think about the incredible drive that pushes addicts to get their next fix. If that relentless determination were channeled into the right direction, they’d be unstoppable.
I saw an episode of the TV show Intervention where a guy went into a gas station bathroom, mixed water from the toilet bowl with the heroin in his syringe, and shot it into his arm.
He had to have that fix and was willing to do anything to get it. I remember thinking to myself “If this guy channeled that same drive and determination into a business, he’d be filthy rich.”
Turns out, I wasn’t too far from the truth.
Consider the statements in the box below. Who do you think they describe?
It sounds like I’m describing an addict, right? Well get this…
In the book The Compass of Pleasure, author David Linden uses those things to describe—not addicts, but successful entrepreneurs and business people.
In fact, Linden says the traits that lead to success in business also make good addicts. To put a positive spin on it, let’s reverse that statement and say “The traits that make good addicts also lead to success in business.”
If you are struggling with some addiction, congratulations. You already possess the drive, determination and willpower needed to claw your way to the top. Your brain is pre-wired for success, giving you a leg up on everybody else.
Think about that, and then decide how you want to channel your energy from now on. Further down a black hole to nowhere, or up into the stratosphere? The choice is yours.
Afraid To Move Past Your Addiction? Consider This…
In May 2012, Aaron Sorkin delivered a commencement speech to the graduating class at Syracuse University in New York.
If you don’t know who Sorkin is, he’s the Academy Award winning screenwriter behind movies like The Social Network, A Few Good Men, Steve Jobs and more.
While warning the class about making mistakes, he spoke about his own addiction to cocaine. He had wanted to quit but had been afraid he wouldn’t be able to write anymore.
Eventually, Sorkin kicked his habit. Note what he’s done since becoming sober. He said “I’ve written three television series, three movies, a Broadway play and won the Academy Award.”
As you can see, he didn’t skip a beat after quitting cocaine. In fact, he became more successful than ever.
Can you follow Sorkin’s footsteps and leave your addiction behind to build something great? I think you can, and here’s why…
Linden’s book seems to suggest that your cravings can be satisfied by more than drugs or alcohol. I’ll explain.
Remember how successful people and addicts share the same traits? The urges that come along with those traits lead some to addiction and others to success.
The point is, both groups soothe their gnawing urges. Successful business people experience the exact same relief from hard work that addicts get from drugs or alcohol.
Therefore, I believe it’s possible for you to trade your addiction for a “take-no-prisoners” approach to business. Instead of harmful chemicals, soothe your urges with intense productivity.
Do you understand what I’m telling you? If not, let me make it clear:
SUCCESS IS AN ANTIDOTE FOR ADDICTION
“But I Don’t Know Anything About Business, So What Am I Supposed To Do?”
It doesn’t matter if you don’t know anything about business. Nor does it matter if you don’t have a product or service to sell.
I’m going to give you a list of reading material that will change your life forever. If you simply make the choice to seek out this information, absorb it, and execute what you learn, you’ll know more about business than 99% of the population.
These books will tell you how to start a business, choose a product or service to sell, and how to market it.
Here’s what I want you to do. Put down that pipe. Pour that bottle down the sink and toss it in the trash for good. Get on Amazon right now and buy these books.
Pay extra for overnight delivery. Pay even more for one hour delivery if it’s available in your area.
The second these books are in your hands, devour them and truly embrace what they teach.
In no time at all, you’ll understand business, marketing, advertising, customer service, entrepreneurship, market research and more.
Are you ready? I know you can do it. Buy these books right now, and read them in the order I’ve listed below (I also put them into three categories so you can see what you’ll be learning):
Big Picture Business Concepts
How To Choose A Product, Service, or Business And Market It
How To Work And Stay Motivated
Now Go Forth And Find Your Destiny
If you’re an addict, you already understand what it means to have incredible drive. All you need to do is point yourself in the right direction.
And I don’t care where you come from in life. The world’s biggest success stories all came from the bottom.
Eighty percent of all millionaires came from nothing. If Oprah, Dr. Dre and Mark Cuban can do it, so can you.
Now get to work.
PS: Do you have an incredible story of addiction to share? Tell us about it in the comments section below.
PPS: Hopefully it’s obvious, but I’m not a trained counselor or anything. This article is based solely on my own opinions and research.