Misfit = genius or vice versa

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Published on July 27, 2014 with No Comments

The kids who are identified as having ADHD, Dyslexia and Asperger’s syndrome are often treated very unkindly in middle and high school, but by some accounts once they grow up they’re in the demographic most likely to turn out entrepreneurs and business leaders. Steve Jobs, Richard Branson and Charles Schwab along with the founders of IKEA, Ford Motors, IBM and General Electric all were identified as dyslexic. The founders of JetBlue and Kinkos have ADD. While ten percent of the population has dyslexia, it is believed that 35 percent of entrepreneurs have this condition. Some research indicates that people with ADD are six times more likely to start own a business. Among the most recent tech-geek, founders of prominent companies, many are rumored to exhibit symptoms commonly associated with Asperger’s and ADD.

A recent columnist in the Economist argues that a tendency to be disorganized, with a lack of discipline for prolonged studying and a tendency to shun the social life, are qualities most often found in those who come up with new, creative ideas. They are thought to be in the leading demographic in Silicon Valley. But even as they originate and create, the misfit geniuses need others to keep things running smoothly. These jobs go to someone labeled as, “Organization Man,” a nickname for the learned ones who account for and manage the day to day operations of companies. Once an idea is created and turned into a product, service or company, someone needs to get in the trenches and manage it, publicize it, prepare balance sheets, charm customers and perform the drudgery work. This is the domain of Organization Man, who perhaps doesn’t get to have a superhero named after him.

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