The saying goes that there’s a thin line between genius and insanity. But do successful entrepreneurs actually parlay mental illness into innovation?
They say that Steve Jobs was a narcissist, and that Bill Gates trends toward Aspergers on the autism spectrum. And yes, emerging research suggests that many entrepreneurs leverage what would otherwise be a psychological liability into an advantage.
So, echoing the famous Apple ad, do you have to be “crazy” to succeed as an entrepreneur? After all, this is a person who thinks and sees things differently, which leads to bringing something new to life against the odds.
I do find that many entrepreneurs are driven by something in their lives that they’re trying to overcome from a psychological standpoint. And the resulting hard work is what reveals that unique perspective that leads to innovation and success.
It’s a complicated topic, and Caroline and I discuss some of the nuances. I also reveal some of my own “liabilities” that I’ve come to recognize have helped drive me to this point.