Insurance · 19 January 2017

Links between hyperactivity and entrepreneurship revealed

The study uncovered several links between hyperactivity and successful entrepreneurs
People that suffer from high levels of hyperactivity are more likely to become successful business owners, according to a new study that uncovered a link between hyperactive behaviour and entrepreneurship.

The research, published by the Rotterdam School of Management (RSM), based survey findings of over 20, 000 people to conclude that individuals with high levels of hyperactivity a symptom of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder?(ADHD) have the same skills as the perfect entrepreneur.

The study highlighted three entrepreneurial traits in particular that were characteristic of ADHD sufferers high energy levels, a risk averse nature as well as strong initiative.

It also found a tendency among hyperactive people to be more creative, have greater multi-tasking skills and display an ability to hyperfocus? a heightened form of mental concentration.

Ingrid Verheul, the RSM professor who led the study, stated that the findings could boost the employment prospects of ADHD sufferers and possibly give way to a new wave of entrepreneurs.

this research could have a significant effect to destigmatise hyperactivity or ADHD because it demonstrates that they have the potential to turn their hand to entrepreneurship, she said in a statement.

Citing the traditional stigma associated with ADHD sufferers and their ability to succeed in the working world, Verheul added that the findings could have a particularly positive effect on younger people who are yet to make the transition to full-time employment.



Praseeda Nair is an impassioned advocate for women in leadership, and likes to profile business owners, advisors and experts in the field of entrepreneurship and management.

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