How obsessed is too obsessed?

A little GMAT obsession can go a long way. But you don’t want to be this guy:

This guy is Lu Xu. He became so obsessed with the GMAT that he wrote the test over 500 times for different people, in different disguises. When you write your test, and they take palm prints from you – it’s because of people like Lu Xu.

This is a quote from a poetsandquants.com piece about Xu Lu. Here is what he had to say about the GMAT.

“I became addicted. I was like a drug addict. I had to take the test or it would drive me crazy. I could not resist the temptation. It was so exciting in the same way that young people today play video game and become addicted. They don’t eat. They don’t sleep. I had a high-level addiction. The GMAT is beautifully designed. It’s like art. You see something so beautiful you like it. If you are a very intelligent person, you can see the beauty in every question. The GMAT is one of the best designed examinations in the world.”

That’s obviously taking things a tad too far. But  you don’t want to take the GMAT too lightly either. It’s competitive. It’s designed to sort the good from the better from the best. And quite frankly, your  international competitors are giving it all their attention – working hard, and working smart.  There’s a lot to cover and a certain level of intensity may be required.

But at the end of the day, it’s important to remember that the GMAT is a means to an end. It’s easy to lose perspective and keep trying for that higher score. You should remember what the GMAT is meant to do. Its meant to help you to get into the business school you want to study at. It’s not about bragging rights or ego. It is only one part of your application.

At the end of the day the GMAT is not an IQ test.  The GMAT tests your skill at taking the GMAT. The GMAT is not going to look into your soul and tell you how much you are worth as a person. And the added stress and pressure of thinking it is, might just mess with your ability to do your best.

Everyone is different and has different goals for themselves. I found a little obsession helped me focus. But losing all perspective is never a good thing.

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