You might be wondering why I’m even drawing attention to the fact that I have autism. Surely that’s something that’s better kept behind doors?
But for me it’s such a huge part of my identity that I cannot separate my autism from myself. It’s literally the wiring in my brain that makes me think and feel the way that I do. The best analogy I’ve been able to think of to describe what it’s like to be autistic, is to try running windows on an apple mac. It’s the same processing system that most people use, but my brain isn’t able to use it correctly.
Rather than hiding what makes me “me”, I thought I’d write a blog highlighting the benefits that having autism can bring. Yes, you heard that right. The benefits. Autism is a difficult condition to live with, it is disabling in a society that isn’t geared up for us, but some of the traits my autism has given me has made me a better business owner, and you’re about to find out why. (more…)