Turn Your OCD Into A Success At Your Job

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Turn Your OCD Into A Success At Your Job


OCD or Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, according to International OCD Foundation (IOCDF), is a mental health disorder that affects people of all ages and walks of life, and occurs when a person gets caught in a cycle of obsessions and compulsions. Obsessions are unwanted, intrusive thoughts, images or urges that trigger intensely distressing feelings. Compulsions are behaviors an individual engages in to attempt to get rid of the obsessions and/or decrease his or her distress.


No doubt the above explanation could sound ominous, students or employees with OCD should not be feeling too distress (no pun intended). With awareness being generated especially through the internet more people are informed on what are OCD behaviours. Instead of feeling shunned or shy about your OCD, you can always put your OCD into a positive light and use it in a job task. Perhaps, reading this article might make you question, how would you know dear editor when you do not have OCD? True, OCD is not a joke, in some extreme caseses the OCD behavior traps you into feeling really bad. The reasoning is, turn that into something good and excel at it!


To generalize it in 5 category types of OCD, they are: Checking, Contamination / Mental Contamination, Symmetry and Ordering, Ruminations / Intrusive Thoughts, Hoarding. But here are a few examples of ordinary and famous people of past and present who have OCD and excel in what they do.




Michelangelo with the famed Sistine Chapel masterpiece.


The great Italian artist during the Renaissance era, famous for his works on the ceiling of Sistine Chapel was also known to be peculiar and OCD. It was said during creations of his masterpiece he would lock himself up with his art. Wearing the same clothes and shoes, as in never taking the shoes off even when he sleeps in intervals.



A brilliant strategists. The Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955 most famous for steering the country through WWII. He forged alliances with the United States and Soviet Union to defeat Nazi Germany in World War II. Has shown symptoms of OCD in today’s standard. He does not like to stand at the edge of train platforms or the edge of ships. As it gives him the feeling of falling over.




The favourite of many, ex-footballer David Beckham has confessed that he has this trait. When upon checking-in to his room in a new hotel. In an interview with ITV1, he said:

“I’ll go into a hotel room and before I can relax, I have to move all the leaflets and all the books and put them in a drawer,”

“Everything has to be perfect.”

He also revealed that while dealing with the disorder is a challenge, he is constantly working on managing it. But when he is on the field and still has it even after retiring from the sport, he has precise moves. Where his kick of the football would always land into the goal.



For this visionary who is bringing the future technology into everyday life, he has confess to having an OCD type.  


“I have OCD on product-related issues,” Musk told The Wall Street Journal. “I always see what’s wrong. Would you want that? When I see a car or a rocket or spacecraft, I see only what’s wrong. I never see what’s right. It’s not a recipe for happiness.”




A work of art by William Doan


The above examples are of very famous people, but how about the average people and their lives with OCD? What can they excel in at work? Take for example Mr. Doan. He’s an artist and professor of theater at Penn State University. He wears 2 pairs of socks to work everyday without fail. Yet, he excels at his job.



Came on the social media scene as an OCD artist with colour arrangements made viral famous by the site Vocativ. His projects are eye-catchingly colourful and beautiful. It might seem weird for some, but he has found his trade which he is good at. His IG page now has brands working with him.



The famous guru of de-cluttering and author of 4 books on this subject. What started out as an OCD on the need to clean everything within sight during her teens turned into a business empire decades later.

She has helped many people along the way. Not everyone agrees with her advice. But it did bring help and hope in re-ordering back the hectic lives of many.


Perhaps it is time for those with OCD from different levels to identify how you can take this “distress” and turn it into a success at your job and perhaps a victory in your life!


November 22nd, 2018|Eyewil Hire|