This post is a bit off topic for me, but it is about something very interesting to me. I just finished watching a TED Talk (if you have never watched one, I highly encourage you to do so) and loved it. Here is that video.
It is a twenty minute long speech about entrepreneurs and how we (our society) should do a better job of providing an environment in which an entrepreneur can grow and be successful. We live in a society where we essentially want everyone to conform to the norm. What I find interesting, and Herold points this out, is that it is the ones who are not normal who are the ones changing the world. Herold rattles off a list of CEOs that are bipolar (the CEO disorder as he puts it) and discusses how many CEOs and entrepreneurs are ADD, bipolar, and other similar issues that we normally consider non-normal and try to "fix" with medication. While I agree with the idea that we are over medicating many people, I won't argue it here. Instead I ask this: what potential are we limiting while attempting to make people conform? Would we have Google? Apple? The Internet?
Entrepreneurship has always fascinated me and is something I would like to eventually get into. It is an intriguing world where you assume larger than normal amounts of risk and can potentially change the world. These are not traits that most people aspire to, but ones that I already know I want to experience. At the end of the TED talk Herold plays a clip for the audience. If you don't watch the movie above then watch this one. These are the type of clips that make me think I can move mountains…