ADHD as an Entrepreneur’s Superpower | John Torrens | TEDxSyracuseUniversity

In this video

In a sample of highly successful entrepreneurs, an astounding 62% identified as having traits consistent with an ADHD diagnosis. Is this a coincidence, or is there more to the story? In his talk, John Torrens, an entrepreneurship professor at Syracuse University, as well as a founder and president, analyzes recent research and his own personal experiences to highlight how ADHD can quite possibly be a “entrepreneur’s superpower.” John Torrens is a Professor of Entrepreneurial Practice at Syracuse University’s Martin J. Whitman School of Management and has attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). His Talk explores his experience as an entrepreneur with ADHD and research showcasing that ADHD is quite possibly an “extrepreneur’s superpower.” He hopes to spread his message that even though ADHD is considered a disability, there are ways that it can be an advantage in the context of entrepreneurship. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at

About The Author

TEDx Talks TEDx is an international community that organizes TED-style events anywhere and everywhere -- celebrating locally-driven ideas and elevating them to a global stage. TEDx events are produced independently of TED conferences, each event curates speakers on their own, but based on TED's format and rules. TED's videos may be used for non-commercial purposes under a Creative Commons License, Attribution–Non Commercial–No Derivatives (or the CC BY – NC – ND 4.0 International) and in accordance with our TED Talks Usage Policy ( For more information on using TED for commercial purposes (e.g. employee learning, in a film or online course), please submit a Media Request here:

Our editors think you might like these...

Channels Have This Video

Comment (222)


    Anyway, this guy makes it sound like ADHD is who you are and that's it. And if you have it you have great abilities. When reality you're a lot more than just the way you process information or your ideas. We are creatures that run many different things, when things are going accordingly. We interact with people we communicate we defend ourselves our positions/status we make decisions all day every day. Me, you, no one is just ADHD. One quick point looking at the comments it doesn't really fit at all what this person was talking about ADHD, everyone here is literally saying the same thing. If ADHD is something that increases your creativity than why is everyone saying the same thing? I dont I'm a bit roughed up.

  2. This is so me. John's delivery was both simply laid out and entertaining. I consider myself lucky since I always came up with great business ideas that I enjoyed helping others while making money. Every business I jumped in to I did end up making money without a business plan. Everyone has their strengths and weaknesses.