Are you obsessed with learning Japanese? Do you think about it all the time? Does your schedule, regardless of your day, manage to fit it in wherever you can? When you aren’t studying Japanese do you sometimes wish you could be? Are you envisioning yourself soaring through Japanese skies on your samurai flying horse?
Being obsessed, from the outside, looks like something that should be avoided. The image of the word “obsessed” is bad and looked upon with negativity. You are spending too much time with something, sacrificing too many other things, and losing sight of the rest of the world.
But if you want to be great at anything in life that is difficult and hard to achieve, you need a fiery obsession. A rage. That’s what makes you succeed. It needs to be one of your top desires.
Obsession is power
Harness it. Wake up in the morning and go to bed thinking about Japanese. Make it so you can’t escape a day without some form of Japanese bombarding your life. It may feel like overdoing it, but there is no overdoing it. If you want it that bad enough, Japanese needs to know.
Eventually obsession will just turn into a fact of life. And with Japanese, study time eventually just turns into “enjoy Japanese things time,” so your “obsession” just becomes another part of you, allowing you to find your next obsession.
There are “casual learners,” as well, and if that’s your priority that’s completely fine. But let the obsessed obsess in obsession. Only you can decide how bad you want something and how quickly you get it.
Founder of Jalup. iOS Software Engineer. Former attorney, translator, and interpreter. Still watching 月曜から夜ふかし weekly since 2013.