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Are individuals born with characteristics that dispose them to enterpreneurship?

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This is my answer to this question on Quora: http://www.quora.com/Are-individuals-born-with-characteristics-that-dispose-them-to-enterpreneurship

I think this is true to a certain extent. I also think that, in many cases, those characteristics align with the traits that come with ADD/ADHD.

Google “entrepreneurs ADHD” and take a look at the results or read this Forbes article for more details: ADHD: The Entrepreneur’s Superpower

Some famous entrepreneurs who have acknowledged their ADHD (source: Famous People with ADHD – Adult ADD Center of Maryland)

* Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Galactic etc)
* David Needleman (founder of JetBlue Airlines)
* Alan Meckler (founder of several magazines and companies)
* Paul Orfalea (founder of Kinkcos)
* Charles Schwab (found of Charles Schwab)
* Walt Disney (founder of Walt Disney)

Historical Figures who showed characteristics of ADHD (source: Famous People With ADHD Traits)

* Abraham Lincoln
* Robert F. Kennedy
* John F. Kennedy, who (allegedly) smoked pot to help him focus.
* Benjamin Franklin
* Henry Ford
* Thomas Edison
* Leonardo da Vinci
* Alexander Graham Bell
* Orville and Wilber Wright
* Sir Isaac Newton
* Albert Einstein

As my friend Marten Mickos says, follow your passion and believe in willpower.

But if you have (manageable) ADHD, it might help.

Written by James

April 16, 2015 at 7:19 pm

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