Boris Veldhuijzen van ZantenFounder & board member, TNW
Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and Boris is a serial entrepreneur who founded not only TNW, but also V3 Redirect Services (sold), HubHop Wireless Internet Provider (sold), and pr.co. Boris is very active on Twitter as @Boris and Instagram: @Boris.
I’m dyslectic. I more than likely have ADD and a mild form of autism. I’m also a perfectionist and I’m often accused of suffering from OCD. Apart from all of that, I’m doing just fine. No, actually, because of all of that I’m doing great.
See, as you progress in life, you adapt to what’s different about you. That’s why someone who’s over 20 years old rarely suffers from the effects of dyslexia any longer. People – like myself – take what makes them different and turn it into what sets them apart from the rest.
It’s called living. That’s what we all do. All day, every day. Nobody’s normal and we’re all uniquely screwed up in our own, special way. It just takes a while to realize what sets you apart actually, well, sets you apart. And that it is a good thing.
This doesn’t just work for your personality, it also works for the world around us. Every threat is an opportunity. Every downside, market inefficiency, stress point or friction area is something that you might be able to create a solution for.
If you’re worried about 2017, and I know some people are, then think about this: How are we going to adapt to these new circumstances? What are the friction areas where you could play a role, where you can improve things? What personal traits were once a handicap and now are your competitive advantage?
When there’s chaos or uncertainty, you feel numb and powerless at first. But then you pick yourself up and start fixing shit. So let’s do that! Get ready for 2017. The world needs your imperfect, different and special skills.
This is my introduction text for last week’s issue of our TNW Weekly update. You can read the whole newsletter here, or sign up to receive your own copy.
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