What is it that drives most people to be an entrepreneur? Is it the allure of limitless income? Is it the ability to finally call their own shots and the thrill of being their own boss? Or is it because when they’re the one in charge, there’s nobody who can get in their face when they fail?
While most entrepreneurs would never admit to the third reason, for those who have been diagnosed with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), the thought of not having to say sorry for making another mistake is pretty enticing! It’s obviously shortsighted to think that if they fail, they won’t have to feel guilty about letting at least one person down. Someone, their customers, the bank, their friends and family, or even a spouse who bought into their grand dream, will be wanting answers on why they didn’t deliver. More often than not, it’s the thought that they will eventually let someone down again that keeps many would-be entrepreneurs from pulling the trigger and actually moving their business idea from concept to implementation phase. This is a real concern for many would-be entrepreneurs, and for most, the reason why they never make it past the starting gate.
Ask Jack DeBrabander, a young entrepreneur who was diagnosed with ADHD at a young age. “Being diagnosed with ADHD always gave me troubles with grades. Having to take Adderall (a stimulant to help treat ADHD symptoms), is the worst thing anyone could ever imagine.” However, he didn’t let that diagnosis stop him from pursuing his goal to become an entrepreneur. He continued, “I have learned how to cope with the drug…and am ready for the real world.”
According to a 2017 article published by the Mayo Clinic, the three main features of ADHD in adults may include but aren’t limited to, the following: difficulty paying attention, impulsiveness, and restlessness. Now, at first glance, these “symptoms” look like a recipe for disaster for anyone looking to start their own business. Surprisingly though, it’s these things that set entrepreneurs with ADHD apart from their non ADHD counterparts and may actually be a blessing in disguise.
A 2012 interview with Dr. Johan Wiklund, professor of Entrepreneurship at Syracuse University’s Whitman School of Management was quoted as saying, “People who have ADHD might gravitate toward entrepreneurship and the flexibility it offers. Further, they might be successful as entrepreneurs not in spite of their ADHD, but because of it. “ Dr. Wiklund explained how the lack of attention isn’t the best quality for someone looking to go into business for themselves. But rather the other two traits, impulsiveness, and restlessness which lend themselves to better business acumen. He went on to say that it’s this impulsivity, to “act in the moment” that makes people with ADHD better entrepreneurs.
A report by UBS and PwC called the 2019 Billionaires Report said that “billionaires’ appetite for smart risk-taking, business focus, and determination are what help them build and sustain their wealth.” This mirrored what Dr. Wiklund found when he studied some of the most successful entrepreneurs with ADHD. He found that their “lack of premeditation (acting first, and then thinking afterward)” led them to take risks that many non-entrepreneurs would be unwilling to make. Other studies have shown that many of the most highly successful business owners have already begun to act while others are still in the information-gathering phase. It’s also here where restlessness, translates into a desire to keep moving forward, and never being complacent with their current position, contributes to the never-ending drive of an ADHD entrepreneur.
People with ADHD do suffer from a lack of concentration, and it is here where we see one final dichotomy of the ADHD entrepreneur. The first is that even though they do struggle with the ability to concentrate, they somehow possess the “superpower” of being able to hyper-focus on what they feel is interesting or important at the moment. According to Dr. Wiklund, these super-distracted people are the same ones “who need to set a reminder on their phone telling them that it’s time to eat” because they are so caught up in a task at hand that they “focus and forget” about everything else going on around them. This ability to grind non-stop, and put in those extra hours, are what make ADHD entrepreneurs even more successful than their undiagnosed counterparts.
Lastly, the lack of being able to focus doesn’t stop the ADHD entrepreneur. They play (work) to their strengths and delegate to their weaknesses. Data entry, financials, or anything else deemed too mundane for the ADHD entrepreneur is shared among the other officers or workers within the business. Richard Branson, who is dyslexic and is also considered one of the most successful ADHD entrepreneurs out there, was quoted as saying “surround yourself with people who are smarter than you, empower them, and your business will thrive.
Ultimately, the key for a Jack DeBrabander, or any other successful entrepreneur with ADHD out there, is to see and accept themselves for who they truly are: a dichotomy of invaluable skills and manageable liabilities. In short, if the ADHD entrepreneur is willing to look at where they are weakest, and then delegating or hiring out for tasks in those areas, while at the same time, embracing the and playing to those strengths which come from their ADHD, there’s literally nothing stopping him, or anyone else, from reaching all the way to the top!
Striking the right chord in the hearts of the audiences is an aspiring music artist, DJ Jerome G
Spearheading into the music niches with his talent, skills, and expertise is an ace DJ, Jerome G.
The music industry as an sector, niche, and domain has seen tremendous developments over the last couple of decades. The growth rate at which new forms and genres of music has been gaining momentum among masses have been humongous. New singers, composers, song writers, producers, DJ’s now have become favorites for many millions. Also with greater demand for music coming from emerging and developed markets, it has now become an mandate and imperative for the next gen music professionals to be on the top of their toes and deliver mesmerizing music. We came across one such emerging music professional and DJ of the current generation producing back-to-back colossal hits, DJ Jerome G.
DJ Jerome G was highly inclined towards the art and craft of music making since childhood and always wanted to pursue his career and profession in the music world. He hustled hard in his early stages of life to learn in depth about music and DJ’ing and today he has emerged as one of the finest talents that we have witnessed over some period of time. With an objective of providing an unique and different listening experience for all of his fan and followers, DJ Jerome G has put in the hard work to create a special place and name for himself in the hearts of the audience. His in-depth knowledge about the music subject, understanding of sound, and rhythms has catapulted him to create a massive fan following for himself.
Some of his tracks which have been blockbuster hits includes the names of No Regret, Right Foot, Left Foot, Flutty and Chad 2.0. DJ Jerome G has been working on many exciting new projects which are due to release soon. Even the audiences are eagerly waiting for the same.
Do listen to his songs on Spotify
and also follow him on Instagram @mistergotthier.
Miami-based Hip-Hop artist, Pilly Mae has recently released her first EP ” MAE Day”
Miami-based Hip-Hop artist, Pilly Mae, captures the best of the hip-hop culture through her captivating blend of modern hip-hop combined with flares of R&B and rap. Influenced by Doja Cat, Pilly Mae dives into deep hip-hop paying close attention to themes of empowerment and self-acceptance. By staying in-tune with the culture and ambiance, Pilly Mae is able to touch thousands through self-discovering journeys and purpose. Through her music, Pilly Mae aims for her listeners, both men and women alike, to become confident in themselves with a guiltless journey.
Honing into her sound at a young age, Pilly Mae naturally separated herself from other similar artists by emerging as an idiosyncratic talent mastering how to both rap and sing. Jumpstarting her career, Pilly Mae landed her first management deal with Roc Nation. Soon after, she traveled to the east coast becoming well-known for her live chemistry. Performing for thousands, Pilly Mae has performed at notable events including Litfest in 2018, SXSW, Coachella, and Rolling Loud.. During these events, she opened for major artists: Yo Gotti, Smoke Purp, Blockboy JB, Tekashi 69. Pilly Mae has also collaborated with upcoming and mainstream artists including Luke Nasty on his song “Sex Appeal” and starred in YFN Lucci’s music video “Rolled On”.
Pilly Mae has recently released her first EP ” MAE Day”. The EP has a total of 10 tracks all in perfect ordering touching on topics of love, hustle and daily grind of being a female. Through her EP , Pilly Mae emphasizes that singleness is nothing to be ashamed of and individuals should be highly selective, never settling for anything less than their standards. True self-love begins with your standards and who and what you entertain with your time, love, and energy.
Planning for the future, Pilly Mae will branch into fashion, brand-partnerships, beauty, and charity work for animals and less fortunate children.
Belaire Biajee – A Hip-Hop artist is a rising star within the South Florida community, standing out for his unique flare
A Hip-Hop artist is a rising star within the South Florida community, standing out for his unique flare incorporating pop elements into his inspirational freestyle. Always used to putting on instrumentals and free styling,
Belaire Biajee fell in love with his craft. Inspired by his older sister who introduced him to free styling, Belaire Biajee wanted to be right behind her so they could shine together.
Belaire Biajee has introduced his music across the South Florida community by having hosted and performed at multiple house and mansion parties and multiple venues including bars and local clubs.
Influenced by Juice WRLD, XXXTENTACION, Lil Peep and Speaker Knockerz, Belaire Biajee isn’t just inspired by their sound but also each artist’s journey. The artist’s life journey is what inspires Belaire Biajee to become the influencer he is today and make relatable music for his listeners.
Belaire Biajee has collaborated with artists including
Lil Wayne, Tory Lanez, Zoey Dollaz,and numerous artists like himself.
Belaire Biajee makes music every listener can relate to whether the song features stories of love or everyday life. Through his music,
Belaire Biajee aims for his audience to feel love, acceptance and support when going through difficult situations in life. In his upcoming release featuring Tory Lanez, Belaire Biajee showcases the theme that anything is possible by understanding your capabilities.
Belaire Biajee is also preparing for his next release of his music video and single titled
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