Los Angeles – March 31, 2023 – Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) affects millions of people worldwide. While it‘s often seen as a hindrance, many successful entrepreneurs have found that having ADHD can actually be an advantage. One such entrepreneur is Emily Kosko, the founder and CEO of the VentureX Business School, who credits her ADHD with helping her to launch the startup.
According to research, up to 60% of entrepreneurs may have ADHD, compared to just 10% of the general population. This statistic may seem surprising, but when you consider the traits that come with ADHD, it begins to make sense. Individuals with ADHD are often highly creative, impulsive, and have an ability to hyper-focus on tasks that interest them.
For Kosko, her ADHD helped her come up with the idea for VentureX’s upcoming MBA program. As a child, she found school boring and wanted to find a way to make learning fun and engaging. This later inspired the idea of using short animated videos to teach complex business concepts, hence the VentureX MBA.
While the program has yet to launch, Kosko is confident that it will be a hit. “We’ve had a lot of positive feedback from potential students who are excited about our engaging approach to learning,” she says.
But it’s not just Kosko who has found success as an entrepreneur with ADHD. Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, has spoken publicly about how his ADHD has helped him to think outside the box and take risks that others might not. Similarly, David Neeleman, founder of JetBlue Airways, has said that his ADHD has helped him to stay focused and see the big picture.
While ADHD can come with challenges, such as difficulty with organization and time management, it can also offer unique advantages for entrepreneurs. The ability to hyper-focus and think creatively can help entrepreneurs to come up with innovative ideas and solutions. Additionally, the impulsive nature of ADHD can help entrepreneurs to take risks that others might shy away from.
In conclusion, while ADHD can be a challenge for some individuals, many successful entrepreneurs have found that it can actually be an advantage. With their creativity, hyper-focus, and impulsive nature, entrepreneurs with ADHD are well-suited to the fast-paced, risk-taking world of business. As long as the condition is managed effectively, ADHD can be a valuable asset for entrepreneurs looking to succeed in the business world.
Emily Kosko, CEO and Founder of VentureX Business School.