Obsession Made Them Remarkable

We went to the Christmas Spectacular in New York City this year because a friend performs in the show. The show is spectacular because it’s done with precision time after time. There’s no spontaneity.

You wouldn’t know the name Rockettes if their founder had said, “Let’s just get on stage and see what happens.” But over 2 million people will attend the show this year.

Russell Markert founded the world’s most famous precision dance troupe in 1925. They began in St. Louis and were known as the “Missouri Rockets”.

Obsession made them remarkable. Being remarkable made the show famous.

Every remarkable person is obsessed with something. Maybe it’s fame, power, or money. But others are obsessed with food, speed, or building things. At least one person was obsessed with precision.

Markert’s obsession with precision is why you’ve heard of the Radio City Rockettes. The parade of the soldiers has been in the Christmas Spectacular since the beginning, 1933.

You could be obsessed with clipping toe nails and be successful. You might not become famous, but people in your community would come for pedicures.


  1. You can’t be obsessed with many things.
  2. You can’t be exceptional at everything you do.
  3. Obsession limits your life because it rules out so many things.
  4. Obsession is interesting. Balance is boring.
  5. Obsessed people don’t compromise. Compromise is the enemy of remarkable.


Obsessed people irritate average people.

It’s easy to lose sight of the value an obsessed person brings. They keep pushing at ‘insignificant’ details.

Is their obsession valuable? If it is, protect them. Honor their obsession.

If their obsession isn’t useful, help them find an organization where it is.

What’s true of an obsession?

Has your obsession served you well?