Elon Musk hosted Saturday Night Live and announced that he is the first with Asperger’s Syndrome to host the show.
His appearance was a huge success. Even though – as he put it – he doesn’t have much “intonation or variation” in his voice.
I was reading about this and watched his episode of SNL. I couldn’t help but think about his appearance and what people’s expectations were of him.
To do something such as comedy, even though it’s not something people thought he would be able to do, is pretty brave.
I made a video on this, mainly about the five most common myths about Aspegers, these include:
- Aspergers is a disability (It’s not)
- It comes with superintelligence (Most of the time, no)
- You have no sense of humour (Clearly not!)
- You’re seen as “strange” (I can’t see why)
- It’s a bad thing to have (No, it’s not!)
When you put all these points together and go through each of them – whether you have Aspergers, any other disorder or ailment – all that matters for each and every single person is that you are using your abilities and potential to its fullest.
Personally, I have dyspraxia and dyslexia.
I have found challenges time and time again doing things that others have found much simpler. That didn’t stop me from continually trying and finding the most suitable ways for me to succeed. Thankfully, I was able to make it through two degrees and a business startup. I am still up against hurdles every day, but you find the best way to tackle each one. Even if it may be a different direction to everyone else.
Elon Musk is the ideal example of taking something about yourself that is considered atypical and creating success for yourself regardless. Asperger’s is used to his advantage and that goes for anything you think you can or can’t do.
If Musk is able to send us to Mars, then you are able to beat whatever comes your way too.
Once you find the best way for yourself to listen, learn, decode and thrive at what you do, it doesn’t matter if that way is different from anyone else.