I Am An Addict

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Yes, I admit it. I am an addict and I am proud of my addictions. Without them I wouldn’t have the life and freedoms that challenge me and bring me happiness today. I worked really hard to get addicted and it troubles me that addiction has gotten such a bad reputation. So this is for all those in the world that have been labeled with addictive personalities, obsessive and compulsive.

It seems as though today every action that appears to be more than a normal response is labelled an addiction. Anyone that works extra time is called a work addict. People who really pay attention to details and want things done perfectly are labeled perfectionists and compulsive.  It has reached a point that any and all commitments to greatness are labelled compulsions, obsessions and addictions making the person seeking to accomplish anything above average abnormal and neurotic.

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The origin of the word addict comes from Latin addictus, addicere to favor, and the first Known use was in 1534. That word didn’t show up here in the US until early 1900’s when morphine was the drug of choice for pain in hospitals. Mr. Smith got an appendectomy operation and left the hospital with no appendix but addicted to morphine.

Today the addiction label goes way beyond drugs and alcohol — sex, work, smoking, eating, gambling, exercise, art, collecting, internet, and gaming. That’s just a short list. You can add kleptomania; pyromania, explosive disorder, money addiction, self-help addiction, sleep, relationships, religion, television, chronic hair pulling, nail biting, love, hand washing, and you still wouldn’t exhaust the list.

But are all addictions bad?  I don’t think so! Merriam Webster’s Dictionary defines addiction as: an unusually great interest in something or a need to do or have something.

Well you better have an unusually great interest in the things you desire in your life and business or, you will not have them. When it comes to making your business successful, you better be addicted or you are going to get over taken.

It is clear that most of America has bought into this addiction neurosis baloney. It only serves as justification for not creating the life they want. If we listen carefully to the psychiatrists and so called “addiction experts,” like Dr. Drew Pinsky, we’ll find all addiction is born out of some neurotic un-handled parental issues. Really?

Just a couple of hundred years ago people came to this country addicted and obsessed with the idea of freedom and the hopes of a better way of life. These people put everything on the line with an unusually high interest and need to do or have something (addiction defined).

These people were addicted to freedom, work, and independence and they were labeled by society as rebellious and even terrorist. Today we would say they have abandonment and authority issues.

Americans need to revert back to a time where every effort at freedom wasn’t frowned upon, when a person can love their work without being labeled a work addict. Over the last 50 years there has been a massive shift toward acceptance of average and a destructive labeling of those that are ‘too focused’, ‘too driven’, or ‘too demanding’.

If you are the kind of person that prefers to have control of a situation, then it won’t long before someone calls you a control addict. Can you imagine not being in control of your car, your schedule or your money?  I like control and I like being obsessed and addicted to the things that are good for me and my family and my companies.

 I am addicted to many things in my life like my personal success, spiritual growth, and betterment. I am addicted to my wife our marriage and goals as a couple. I am addicted to my two little girls because I know it won’t be long before they aren’t little anymore. I am addicted to my businesses succeeding so that I can continue to grow and pay people and provide the finances necessary to survive bad economies.

I know first hand how damaging and painful substance abuse addictions are to the addict, their families and society.  I know what it’s like to hit rock bottom and be completely disgusted with yourself. I also know what it’s like to finally seek the help necessary to switch the think and the behavior from excuses to personal responsibility. I know because at 25, I turned a terrible drug addiction into the addiction and search for improvement.

I’m addicted to success. I am addicted to forward momentum, personal responsibility and financial freedom. I love the rush of success and the sense of victory and accomplishment. I love the idea of having trouble going to sleep at night because I am obsessed with some new business idea.

Workaholic, shopaholic, sex-aholic, textaholic, foodaholic, Starbucksaholic, and list goes on.   Why is our culture so quick to label every commitment an addiction that is somehow out of our control?

Every person that has ever achieved anything great on this planet was addicted by definition (an unusually high interest and need to do or have something).  Get addicted! It’s what the greats have all done.


Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone

Grant Cardone is an international expert in business and sales and the New York Times best selling author of “If You’re Not First. You’re Last.” His business Cardone Training Technologies, Inc. provides web-based sales training to Fortune 500 companies and sales professionals worldwide.
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@GrantCardone awesome article. I have an “addictive" personality & everything you said resonates perfectly. I love being addicted to growth

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