Saturday, December 15, 2018

Starting With Too Much Is a Problem

Is starting with too little, maybe being born with some disability or into poverty, a problem? Probably...

But Malcolm Gladwell has done some research showing that there are a high number of successful people with dyslexia including: Goldman Sachs President Gary Cohn, Richard Branson, Charles Schwab, Henry Ford. In his book, David and Goliath, he makes a good case that the popular narrative of these people becoming successful despite their disability might be incorrect but instead that these people became successful in large part because of their disability. Similar to a blind man developing extra ordinary hearing ability, the dyslexia may have sparked them to develop extra ordinary business sense.

Along the same lines Elon Musk has stated many times that the vicious bullying and childhood trauma helped him become who he is. He publicly wondered whether his children are too soft to become entrepreneurs.
"I had a terrible upbringing. I had a lot of adversity growing up. One thing I worry about with my kids is they don't face enough adversity." -Elon Musk 
 These people, however, are the exceptions. Not everyone reacts the same way when faced with adversity.

Most people will agree that starting with too little is a problem although there are exceptions. But what about starting with too much?

 I think its a bit of the same tune as having too little. In our culture it doesn't seem rich people have so much sympathy to complain or have mental problems. As if people expect money to solve all problems. How many rich and "successful" people have drug addictions or mental breakdowns. What about what we have learned about lottery winners? Gary Vee talks a lot about some of the multi millionaires he knows being miserable and some of the 40k/year joes being the happiest people he knows. I'm sure you'd agree that if you are born into a trust fund your experience in life, your struggles, will be significantly different than someone who isn't. They certainly have adversity but likely not at the same level, to the point that some of them wish they were never born into a trust fund. If life is about growth, then having everything right at the beginning can certainly a problem.