Neurodiversity Seeds Business Opportunities
In my last blog, I explored how those with neurodiverse gifts continually embody the traits of resilience, tenacity and passion - traits which are incredibly valuable when it comes to creating new business opportunities.
In case you missed it, you can catch up here → https://www.katepeabody.com/post/nuerodiversity-seeds-business-opportunities-trait-3-resilience-tenacity-passion
In this week’s blog, I’m turning my attention to two more traits: ‘high energy’ and ‘impulsivity’.
Nuerodiversity, High Energy and Progress
It’s not controversial to state that having high energy is a valuable trait - in the workplace, in business, or in pursuit of personal aspirations. Even the most fulfilling and rewarding projects can drain teams and individuals over time. The ability to brush fatigue aside and bring genuine enthusiasm to the table is a powerful motivator.
Not everyone is naturally ‘high energy’. Our different personalities dictate our different levels of energy, as well as our different approaches to work. And this is fine! Just because somebody isn’t high-energy, it doesn’t mean they do not care about a project. For example, perhaps they simply prefer to take a more calm, methodical approach to their work.
Nevertheless, workplaces, teams and solo projects which lack energy and enthusiasm rarely achieve the success or make the progress that they should. In contrast, I know that my own ADHD means I put a laser focus on a particular project or task, and devote a significant amount of time and effort to pursuing it.
So if you’re looking for high energy, look for your neurodiverse colleague. If you’re a solo entrepreneur, let that high-energy approach propel your progress towards your goals.
Neurodiversity, Impulsivity and unlocking New Opportunities
“Those with ADHD tend to spur themselves into action regardless of uncertainty,” Johan Wiklund, Ph.D., professor at Syracuse University.
Often impulsivity is perceived to be a negative trait. However, impulsivity shouldn’t be confused with recklessness.
A better way to describe the impulsivity of somebody with neurodiverse gifts is that they are less likely to be deterred by the fear of failure - and more likely to experiment with new approaches and ideas. These approaches and ideas may well lead to innovative solutions to complex problems.
When I see opportunities to realize a goal, solve a problem, or take the next step, I feel ready to take them on.
This is an essential trait for both solo entrepreneurs and those who work as part of a team. Combined with traits such as high energy (above) and passion (described in my previous blog post) impulsivity can unlock absolutely incredible opportunities for growth.
Like all traits, high energy and impulsivity are not a guarantee of happiness, new opportunities or success. I know that sometimes they can even be tiring for neurodiverse individuals and those around them. However, I truly believe in the power of these traits to help your ideas Bloom! Thanks to the work of people like Johan Wiklund, we’re learning more about the benefits of neurodiverse traits all the time.
If you have any questions, or would like to find out more about managing neurodiverse gifts and the unique capabilities they have, please feel free to get in touch. I’m always happy to share my knowledge and I’m passionate about helping people to achieve their goals no matter how big or small.