A first rate madness (Uncovering the link between leadership and mental illness) by Nassir Ghaemi
We might also question whether the divergent thinking model has its terms reversed.
Creativity may have to do less with solving problems than with finding the right problems to solve.
Creative scientists sometimes discover problems that others never realized. Their solutions aren’t as novel as is their recognition that those problems existed to begin with.
Newton’s theories left most physicists untroubled until a young Zurich patent office employee realized that they didn’t work when applied to light;
Albert Einstein saw problems others hadn’t seen and asked new questions that replaced old solutions.
Creativity may be about identifying problems, not solving them. Or perhaps it’s about both. Darwin famously attributed his success to his “doggedness,” not his genius.
Of course everyone suffers. But life’s pain can come harshly or gently, earlier or later.
For the lucky, suffering is less frequent, less severe, and delayed until it can’t be avoided.
The unlucky, who, early in their lives, endure hardships and tragedies – or the challenge of mental illness – seem to be come, not infrequently, our greatest leaders.