Many people treat someone with a “disorder” with a little bit of hesitation, or perhaps avoid them all together, because the subject matter makes them uncomfortable.
That may be the wise thing to do in some situations, but I happen to think individuals with a healthy dose of obsessive compulsive behavior are among the most interesting people in the world.
Because they can be some of the most devoted, focused and down right knowledgeable people in the world when it comes to their obsession(s). Not only can you learn tons of useful information in a matter of minutes, but you might also get a glimpse into how happy they really are by doing something they love.
If we all could be so lucky!
(Please note: I say a “healthy dose” of obsessive compulsive behavior with some reservation because actual clinical cases of OCD can range from minimally impacting everyday life to a life crippling condition.)
Perhaps what I like most about this video with John Nese, the proprietor of Galco’s Soda Pop Stop, is the fact that you can honestly see how happy he is as he’s talking about his soda pop business. His body language and micro gestures are dead giveaways, but you can also get a sense of just how passionate he is just by listening to the tone of his voice as he’s talking about the individual characteristics each independently bottled soda has, as well as the little details that folks like myself wouldn’t know… and probably never take the time to find out!
Plus, you have to admire anyone that has to the cojones to actually say on camera:
Thank you very much Pepsi Cola for reminding me that I own my shelf space and I can do anything I want!
If you’ve never been to a soda shop like this, I would encourage you to get together with a group of your friends, buy a half dozen bottles each, and hold a soda tasting one lazy summer weekend. It’s just like a regular wine tasting, but unlike wine, it’s kid friendly, you won’t need a designated driver and you’ll have a new appreciation for the small scale independent soda bottler and the excellent products that you’ve (probably) never tasted.
I’m not a pizza purist, but I have firsthand experience dealing with a Neapolitan who always insisted that real pizza is baked in a wood oven and that “stuff passed off as real pizza” baked in a conventional oven isn’t worth the cardboard box it comes in.
Obviously, the same goes for this gent who owns Una Pizza Napoletana. After watching, you might honestly think he’s got a little bit of a control issue considering the exactitude his cooking instrumentation (primarily the authentic wood oven) must have and the fundamental quality of the ingredients that go into his pizza. Not to mention, it’s rather odd in today’s culture that a pizza shop will only have four pizzas on the menu.
Nevertheless, even if you consider his behavior borderline obsessive or find his purist menu somewhat restrictive, I bet he makes a damn fine pizza!
Ever tried lamb heart tartare? How about authentic southern style chitlins? I have, and while they’re definitely not the must have menu item since contemporary culture dictates we get our meats in tidy, clean plastic wrapped packages, there are a few places in the world that still consider these sorts of dishes normal, and maybe even a delicacy.
While I personally wouldn’t call Chris Cosentino of Incanto Restaurant obsessive, I’m guessing some people probably would because he’s strayed pretty far away from the mainstream by using offal (cuts of meat most people would never eat) as the backbone of his culinary creations.
Not exactly the place you would want to take a first date (unless you’re like me), but definitely an interesting small business owner when you consider that he had the courage to go against the grain.
Ever known anyone, or done business with, a person who you suspected had a healthy dose of OCD? Did you find their condition help or hurt the relationship? Ever known anyone with a clinically diagnosed case of OCD, and still done business with them?
Did you find that it benefited them, or you, in any unique way(s) relating to their success?
Like anything in life, there are pros and cons, so I’m curious if anyone has used personality traits that some people might label as obsessive, or what professionals would call a full blown disorder, and then use these personality traits to their advantage.
Hat tip to Chow.com for the excellent video series.