Asperger syndrome is a form of autism. People with Asperger syndrome have trouble with social situations.
It has been said that many of the world’s greatest minds and entrepreneurs including Einstein, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg may be on the spectrum, but is this just a wild generalization that’s damaging for anyone who’s perceived as socially inept, overly talented or just a computer geek at heart?
Chris Frith, Emeritus Professor of Neuropsycholgy recently stated that those on the Autism spectrum are hugely creative because unlike us “they’re less in the social world and break out of the sorts of conformities that we have.” We neurotypicals tend to get extremely hung up on our own self-doubt and our persevered opinions of others that we’re in constant fear of our own potential.
In Seth Godin’s recent book ‘The Icarus Deception’ he suggests that, “We’re so obsessed about the risk of shining brightly that we’ve traded in everything that matters to avoid it.”
In the same way that specialists are finding new ways to aid Autistic individuals in becoming more socially aware, maybe it’s time we neurotypicals started training ourselves to become more socially impervious in order to regain our courage to create.
Autism is a serious disorder and may or may not be root of some entrepreneurial successes but one thing’s for sure, the mind is the master puppeteer and its malleable nature offers many possibilities.