In Defense of Workaholism

Workaholics are oft-times maligned and to be sure, always misunderstood. Most amateur psychologists, disguised as less successful, unmotivated co-workers or relatives, diagnose the problem as one of escapism; escape from a poor home life, damaged self esteem or whatever other topic is hot on the Dr. Phil or Oprah circuit.

The truth is we all need workaholics and we should all try to become one. A workaholic is the lifeblood of a business. He or she is the 20% that performs 80% of the work. Consider the positive traits:

Arises and begins work early
Stays late taking on additional assignments
Is fanatically focused on the task at hand
Avoids negatives at all cost
Is optimistic
Takes full responsibility
Is a perfectionist
Strives for personal success
Is always learning
Carefully manages time
Never uses the terms, 'can't, 'no" or 'I don't know"

Workaholics, aside from laudable career achievements, are counted on as the most reliable when it comes to sharing time for charitable functions. They are envied for their well-manicured lawns, mirror-polished autos, tailored fashions and the ability to throw memorable parties. A workaholic, contrary to popular sentiment, is also well connected to loved ones and works equally hard at personal relationships.

For those content to trudge along at far less than full potential, don't criticize the workaholics. Instead try to emulate them. Only then will you appreciate and understand.

About the Author

Brian Grinonneau is the general manager of McMann and Tate Advertising in Perrysburg, Ohio. His firm specializes in helping small business owners cut through the clutter in a crowded advertising marketplace.