“Who’s starting these companies? It’s these random people…..”
Successful business leader passionate about raising kids to be entrepreneurs. For over 20 years, Cameron Herold has been coaching, speaking to, or helping entrepreneurs build companies on five continents.
I thought this was a great talk – particularly his mention of ADD and Bi-Polar disorder – nicknamed the ‘CEO Disease’. Turns out many leading entrepreneurs i.e. Ted Turner, Steve Jobs, etc are Bi-Polar.
People I’ve met that are Bi-Polar have been so full of energy & enthusiasm and great fun to be with – often inspiring & bursting with ideas and I get the impression that they could achieve anything…. (when they’re not on a downer that is…). Society should be more accepting of people that are different and look at the positives, not just the negatives. As Cameron Herold said “you can see these signs in kids and what we’re doing is giving them Ritalin and saying don’t be an entrepreneurial type, fit into this other system and try to become a student“. Do you think Steve Jobs would be such a success if he’d been force fed Ritalin?? I don’t think so….
Just think of the great mathematicians and physicists throughout history – many of them were thought of as weirdos & social mis-fits. Fact is many of them were probably autistic or had asperger’s syndrome. Their minds worked differently – often with wonderful results. Nature has created them for a reason – which when you look at the bigger picture can benefit us all. They should be nurtured, not drugged up.
Researchers believe both Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton may have had Asperger syndrome, a developmental disorder in the autism spectrum. Both men had behaviors seen with Asperger syndrome, such as:
- limited but intense range of interests, especially specific intellectual areas
- difficulty in social relationships, especially responding appropriately to others
- problems communicating, such as difficulty making conversation or understanding others
The researchers pointed out that Einstein was a loner as a child and often repeated sentences obsessively until he was seven years old. His career was centered on complex mathematical topics. He gave very confusing lectures.
Do you think if Ritalin and other drugs (if they’d been available) were given to Albert Einstein and Isaac Newton, that they would have achieved what they did?? I don’t think so. Einstein would probably have ended his days as a patent clerk – the creative part of his brain wouldn’t have seen the lightof day…..
Our educational system is outdated – it is stuck in the past. Our educational system is geared towards churning our workers for what is best for employers – not people. It’s still stuck in the industrial age, which kills creativity and it needs to be replaced. Big business tells educational establishments what they want – and government rolls over and supplies it to them. To hell if it’s not what is best for students – particularly if they don’t fit into the status quo….. they’ll just drug them up, to shut them up and make them comply.
Lastly, increasingly I’ve come across entrepreneurs who recommend the book ‘Atlas Shrugged’ by Ayn Rand, which Cameron Herold mentions. Have you read it?? Recommend it?