Will people buy from you if you are not a good person?
Then does it matter if an entrepreneur is a good person or not?
Yes it does.
Over the past few years I have stumbled across a dozen or so articles which listed the traits of successful entrepreneurs. You know these, you’ve read the lists and have figured out ways to implement these ideas into your life.
• and Creativity are some of the big ones which come mind.
Don’t get me wrong, these are essential to success as an entrepreneur. But what about success as a human being?
The definition of “addiction,” and what people can become “addicted” to, are hotly contested issues. In everyday conversation, of course, people throw around the word “addicted” a lot, as in, “I’m addicted to Game of Thrones.”
Addiction, whatever it might be, is a subject that’s related to my current fascination: habits. As I explain in the introduction of Better Than Before, my discussion of habit formation doesn’t cover addictions, compulsions, nervous habits, or habits of mind. Nevertheless, I did a lot of reading and thinking about addiction, because it’s a useful area to consider.
The nature of addiction is highly controversial, but I found it interesting to read, in Kenneth Paul Rosenberg and Laura Curtiss Feder’s Behavioral Addictions, this list of factors put forth by Mark Griffiths. Apart from the question of “what’s a true addiction?” it’s a helpful way to think about whether a certain habit is making it harder to live a life that reflects our values and contributes to our long-term happiness.
According to this definition, a behavioral addiction is marked by:
Salience — this behavior has become the important activity in a person’s life
Mood modification — this behavior changes a person’s mood, by providing a rush of excitement or a sense of calm or numbness
Tolerance — more and more behavior is needed to get the mood boost
Withdrawal symptoms — a person feels lousy or irritable when unable to engage in the behavior
Conflict — the behavior causes conflicts with other people, interferes with other activities, or causes a person to feel a loss of control
Relapse — the behavior returns after being given up