Many revolutionary figures have gone down in history and paved the way for future innovations. The greatest thinkers of all time, from Renaissance men like Leonardo Da Vinci, Galileo, Michelangelo, and Isaac Newton to today’s founders of multi-billion dollar companies: Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Mark Zuckerberg, I’ve always pondered the way their mind works. Their success equated by their creative ability and their intelligence. What if they were limited and their revolutionary findings and ideas never came to light? Then, I think about today’s world where the ones diagnosed with Attention Deficit Disorder, are medicated so they would be less menacing to others. Are their ideas, if developed into a premeditated plan, able to contribute to the greater good of society? Albert Einstein once said, “Imagination is more important than knowledge. For knowledge is limited to all we know and understand, while imagination embraces the entire world, and all there ever will be to know and understand.” Does the medication given by doctors to help people focus really work? Is it worth it, to destroy a child’s originality for a homogenous cognitive classroom for a teacher and other students? As I pondered this topic to a greater extent, further questions started to develop. In the workforce, individual thinking, spontaneity, and many other traits are valued among employers. Are these valuable traits inhibited early in a person’s life? I wanted to see how what we call a “mental disorder” be attributed to a person’s success rather than a hindrance. I wanted to explore how a person’s unique thinking style could promote future success. A person with a more unique approach at a problem could solve it better than by just going by the books, but those people are
suppressed by medications. This comes to the idea that working smarter not harder is the best approach to any problem.
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