Struggles With OCD Reason For Georges St-Pierre’s Retirement

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“As a competitor, as a fighter, it’s a good thing to have it because it makes you better, because you completely obsess about being a better martial artist. Every day, everything that you do is oriented toward a goal. This same obsession I have about my work, my job, to make me better, it was going to drive me crazy. That’s why I took that break. I don’t call it a retirement because I don’t know if it will be, but, I had to step away from the competition for a while. I’ve been doing it for so long. First, I started because it was fun, I loved it. Then the fun became a business. Then the business with the critics, the expectations, the pressure; you’re the target and everybody wants what you have. You become obsessive like crazy, so, I had to get out to keep my mental health.”

Georges St-Pierre to CBC News

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