The social stigma around mental illness prevails despite one in five Americans suffering from some form of cognitive disorder. Perhaps there’s no better way to change people’s perception of mental health than examples of wildly successful people who worked through similar situations.
The people on this list are exceptional leaders and successful entrepreneurs in their respective fields. They’re all well known for their success as entrepreneurs, thought leaders, and innovators. Yet they’ve all had to overcome insurmountable odds and various mental illnesses to get there.
1. Steve Jobs
If you’ve ever read Steve Jobs’ biography, you probably know he was impossible to work with. Jobs actually suffered from a form of obsessive-compulsive personality disorder, or OCPD. This led to him obsess over details and design flaws, rather than be compassionate to his partners and employees.
Jobs channeled his obsessive nature to create the best designed products the world had ever seen, but he struggled to make meaningful connections and was an argumentative boss.
2. Howard Hughes
The late Howard Hughes was a lot of things over the course of his illustrious life. He was a wildly successful and well known businessman, investor, pilot, film director, and philanthropist. He also suffered from obsessive–compulsive disorder (OCD).
His condition took a toll on his physical wellbeing later in life, but his achievements live on in his films and work.
3. Henry J Heinz
In his diary, marketing wizard Henry Heinz wrote that he felt compelled to work himself to the point of burnout. He said he would wear himself out rather than “rust” at home.