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Friday, December 22, 2006

Ponder this

Thomas Edison experimented with 6000 materials to use as filament in a light bulb before he found the one that worked

Good thing he was ADHD!!

A good friend of mine, Mike@ Adventurefaith has linked this post, which he evidently liked a lot. The colorized ADHD above, and the http: address at the bottom, is the link to where this work actually is from. There is a lot more information there so check it out.
The ADD Entrepreneur; "The following article was written and submitted by guest author: David Giwerc, MCC, President of ADD Coach Academy "

There is evidence that Thomas Edison had AD/HD, as did Henry Ford, Walt Disney and both of the Wright Brothers. You don't have to go as far back as Edison and Ford to find examples of successful AD/HD entrepreneurs. David Neeleman, CEO of JetBlue, has publicly acknowledged his AD/HD. Neeleman has chosen not to take medication for AD/HD and has instead learned how to use his "unique brain wiring" to his advantage, now that he better understands it. The chart below compares AD/HD with Entrepreneurship. As they use to say on those old TV shows, only the names have been changed.

ADHD Distracted-Seems to always have something new to think about.
Entrepreneur - Constantly has new ideas for how to improve the business .

ADHD - Starts several projects at the same time, may not complete any of them.
Entrepreneur - Flexible. Approaches problems from several different angles, always ready to change direction if that is what is needed.

ADHD - Distorted sense of time. For example, will spend hours playing a video game without realizing how much time has passed.
Entrepreneur - Immerses him or herself in the job and often does not realize how much time has passed.

ADHD - Visual thinkers
Entrepreneur - Visionaries who paint a picture for others

ADHD - Hands-on learners
Entrepreneur - Hands-on managers

ADHD - Hyperactive
Entrepreneur - Always on the go



Soaring Eagle said...

Talking Bear, thanks for the reference to this article. The juxtaposed personality attributes of the ADHD and the Entrepreneur is excellent. Maybe our factory worker producing schools should not use their cookie cutter approach to everyone. One mold fits all and if it does not fit, the child must be bad/wrong/mentally challenged/kaput, you pick a label. That is just not right. ADHD is not a disorder to be treated but a person that is just not necessarily the same as the next guy (or gal). I am not sure who is to say that is bad, I know that I don't think it to be bad. I think that it is good and that those attributes should be developed, not met with disapproval, drugs, labels, and the scarlet letter applied by the mental health professionals.

Mom and Dad, give them something to do, not just tell them to sit and be quiet! Challenge them and they give the appropriate approval, acceptance, and unconditional love.

Talking Bear said...

Soaring Eagle, Thanks for the comment. I agree with you 100%. Parenting IS the key and we do need to revamp our entire eductional process. We used this one for over 100 years with little change.

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